Arthur Eugene Honeycutt, Sr. (Gene)
Gene was born in Starks, Louisiana on April 29, 1920 to his parents Gus and Clara Bell Honeycutt and passed into the arms of Jesus on Christmas morning, December 25, 2021, at the age of 101.
Gene graduated from Starks High School and then went into electrical contracting business with his Uncle Vernon and Uncle Riley in Southwestern Louisiana.
Gene married Ruby Shock in Yorktown, Texas on March 25, 1943 and began a wonderful union that lasted over 78 beautiful years!! They met in a drugstore where Ruby was behind the counter serving ice cream sodas and shakes. Gene fell in love with her and the double dips of ice cream he would get on every visit.
Gene joined the Navy in 1943 at the onset of WW II and was assigned to the Navy Construction Battallion (Seabees) to utilize his electrical trade skills. He was stationed on the island of Trinidad, South America and helped construct temporary landing strips and air traffic infrastructure to support the European War Theatre.
Gene was discharged from the Navy in 1945 and began married life in Orange, Texas with Ruby and their first child, Linda, who was born while he was deployed overseas.
Gene began a career in the industrial electrical construction industry after returning from the War and was with DuPont for many years. He raised his family in Victoria, Texas while with DuPont and was a founding member of Northside Baptist Church where he served as Sunday School Superintendent for numerous years. In his later career, Gene became involved with the construction of nuclear power generating plants and supervised the electrical portion of the build. This new career path took Gene and Ruby all over the US including Louisiana, Mississippi, California, West Virginia, Georgia, Missouri, Colorado, and Wyoming. Gene and Ruby cherish those years and the many friends made along the journey. Gene was the oldest member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local # 278 at 80 years of membership.
Gene retired at the young age of 62 years and he and Ruby built their dream retirement home on two acres in Victoria, Texas where he quickly became an avid gardener and raised enough fresh vegetables for the entire neighborhood. Gene was the president of the HOA and was loved and cherished by all his neighbors. After 25 years of retirement in Victoria, Gene and Ruby moved to Cypress, Texas to be near their daughter, Janet Lukeman and husband Ted, and have lived there for the past 15 years. Shortly after moving to Cypress, they joined the Metropolitan Baptist Church (The Met) and became active in Sunday School and Saints Alive Senior Group. They have made many dear friends over the years. Gene always joked about getting his monies worth from Social Security as he was retired for almost 40 years!!
Gene is survived by his wife Ruby, five children-Linda Sharp Hairrell and husband Jessie, Janet Lukeman and husband Ted, Art Honeycutt and wife Debbie, Larry Honeycutt and fiancée Linda Simmons, and Chalen Honeycutt and wife Candace. Gene and Ruby have nine grandchildren-Les Sharp, Susan Pickering, Adrienne Lightfoot, Ross Lukeman, Anna Bulkeley, Christopher Honeycutt, Lance Honeycutt, Claire Honeycutt, and Tom Honeycutt. Gene also is survived by fourteen great grandchildren- a legacy he was so proud of.
Gene will be remembered as one of the kindest, most gentle and caring men that God ever created. He knew the Lord at a very young age and exemplified God's love in every relationship whether as a husband, father, grandfather, or great grandfather. He was a loyal friend to so many in his 101 years and now goes to live in the house of the LORD forever to be reunited with his parents and seven siblings who preceeded him.
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