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Jerald M Honeycutt

May 24, 1931 - April 8, 2016

Burial Date: June 18, 2016

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Jerald Michael Honeycutt

May 24, 1931-April 8, 2016

Jerald Michael Honeycutt, passed into eternal life to dwell with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and to be reunited with the love of his life Phyllis Cole Honeycutt on April 8, 2016.  Jerald Michael Honeycutt of Sheridan, WY and formerly of Wayne, NJ passed away peacefully in his sleep.

Funeral/Celebration of his life service will be held at St Michael’s Episcopal Church, Wayne, NJ on June 18, 2016 at 10:00am. A committal ceremony will be held after the service at St Michael’s Memorial Garden,  Please join us for a Memorial/Remembrance gathering in the Parish hall following the ceremony.

Jerry Mac Honeycutt was born May 24, 1931 the only child of Edith Reed Honeycutt and Chester Robert Honeycutt. Jerry was born at his grandmother’s house in Nashville, AR.  Jerry completed elementary school in his parent’s hometown of Hawkins, TX.  Jerry had a brilliant and creative mind.  He kept his teachers awed with his knowledge and ability to grasp new facts.   At age six he informed his parents that he would now be using the name Jerald Michael.  He completed high school in Longview, TX.  Jerald then completed his undergraduate degree, a BS in Chemistry at Tulane University, New Orleans, LA.  While at Tulane University Jerald was a scholar, and athlete.  He was a member of the boxing team, The Glendy Burke Literary and Debating society, and the Delta Sigma Pi fraternity.  Jerald was inducted into the Tulane Hall of Fame in 1955.

Jerald Honeycutt continued his studies at The University of Texas where he completed his degree work for a PhD in Chemistry. While at the University of Texas Jerry found time to organize and MC a variety show where students would try out their routines for a school wide presentation.  It was here at one of these try-outs that Jerry met Phyllis Jean Cole.  Phyllis and her act became part of the show!  Jerry and Phyllis married in 1955.

Jerry started his work out of college with Esso Research and Engineering, Linden, NJ.  Jerry transferred to Jefferson Chemical Company, Houston, TX, where he was supervisor of computer applications.  This company became part of American Cyanamid Corporation a leading American conglomerate which was one of the nation’s top 100 manufacturing companies during the 1970’s and 1980’s.  Jerald transferred to their world headquarters located in Wayne, NJ.  Jerry was the manager of EDP Audit and Control.   The family lived right down the hill in Pines Lake.  Jerald was close enough and chose to walk to work on occasion.  Jerald’s next career was as a Professor of Chemistry at William Paterson University. Dr. Honeycutt was very happy to be teaching Chemistry to young, interested, minds.  He considered himself a professor that was “tough but fair”… He continued this job until he became the full time caregiver for his wife.

Jerald had many interests and hobbies.  He was a numismatic, and philatelist, with extensive collections.  He was also involved in many estate sale excursions with Phyllis.  They loved this activity together and traveled all over northern New Jersey.

Jerry and Phyllis were life long members of St Michael’s Episcopal church.  Jerry served as warden, lay reader, and chalice bearer.  He also led bible studies.  Jerry was one of the originators of Sign of the Fish.  This was a Wednesday evening get together for teenagers of the community.  We would play guitars, pray and praise God.  This was a blessing to all who were involved.  Jerry was a member of the drama group at St. Michael’s Church.  He wrote and performed in many plays for the different church seasons.  He was able to bring bible stories to life for the church members and guests.

Jerry was predeceased by his wife of over 50 years, Phyllis Cole Honeycutt, grandson, Thomas Michael Spagnolia, son-in-law, Dr. Thomas Spagnolia.  He is survived by his children, three daughters and one son, Dr. Darcy Honeycutt MD, husband, Dr. Thomas Spagnolia, deceased, grandchildren Alessandra Spagnolia and Christopher Spagnolia, Allison H. Cole, husband Richard, and grandchildren Janelle Cole, Gareth Cole, great-grandchildren, Evan and Callie Cole, Stephanie Howard, and great-grandchildren Clementine and Madeleine Moy Ballesta, Stacy Honeycutt, and son, Todd Honeycutt, and grandson Christopher Todd Honeycutt.

Jerry was a survivor of prostate cancer.  He studied all the latest treatments and procedures and became an expert on prostate cancer surviorship.  He organized and provided talks for the Prostate Cancer Support Group which met at Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, NJ.  That support group continues today.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made in Jerald Honeycutt’s memory to the Prostate Cancer foundation, PCF,, 1250 Fourth St, Santa Monica, CA, 90401.

Jerald Honeycutt was a man of conviction, high moral standards, love for his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Love for his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, love for his church, St Michaels, love for his friends. You are gone to eternal life but not forgotten.  You remain alive in our hearts.  We love you Dad, until we meet again, see you in heaven.  Online condolences may be written at Arrangements are under the direction of Champion Funeral Home.