I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. 2 Timothy 4:6-8 KJV
FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. — Sgt. Jacob Matthew Honeycutt, 22, presently serving in the United States Army at Fort Huachuca, AZ, (Sierra Vista) formerly of Elizabethton, went home to be with his Heavenly Father on Sunday, March 4, 2012, in Arizona of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Sgt. Honeycutt was the son of Steve and Hester (Julie) Ellis Honeycutt, of Elizabethton, and was born in Carter County.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Jack Honeycutt and Phil and Shirley Ellis; a special uncle, Larry Barker; and two special great-aunts, Virginia Ellis and Nancy Rasnick Bradley.
Sgt. Honeycutt was a 2007 graduate of University High School. He was training in Arizona with the 213 Aviation Regiment to become a Gray Eagle Unmanned Aerial System Operator. He served a tour in Iraq and and a tour in Afghanistan, his home base was in Vilseck, Germany. He was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by a sister, Abigail LeAnne Honeycutt, of Johnson City; a brother, Jesse Lee Honeycutt, of his parents’ home; his grandmother, Ethel Honeycutt, Elizabethton; grandparents, Dean and Phyllis “Skipper” Walters, NC; two very special aunts, Katherine Ellis Barker, who was his great friend, and Robin Lewis and her husband, Chris; other aunts and uncles, Lew Ellis, Candy and Bob Cothran; Mike and Teresa Honeycutt; David and Shirley Honeycutt; Scott and Tina Walters; two special great-aunts, Shelby Rasnick Smith and her husband, Bill; Iris Ellis; his special cousins, Barbara Melton and her husband, Mike, Vance and Dan Melton, Nancy Ellis and many other special cousins. He is also survived by the special “girls” in his life, whom he considered his sisters, Rachael Hobbs, Amy Akers; Dorie Tuell, and Charlena Lau.
The funeral service for Sgt. Honeycutt will be conducted at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 11, 2012, in the Chapel of Peace, Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton with Rev. Brent Seals and Dr. Jim Royston officiating.
The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday prior to the service and at the home of his parents, 1829 Field Road, Elizabethton, at other times.
The graveside service and interment will be conducted on Monday, March 12, 2012, at 11:00 AM at Mountain Home National Cemetery, Mountain Home, Tennessee. Active pallbearers will be Jesse Honeycutt, Tyler Ashby, Luke Champouillion, Bud Hicks, Josh Honeycutt, Scott Walters, Bobby Keeth, A.J. Lyle, Vance Melton, Dan Melton and Landon Honeycutt. Military honors will be accorded by the Military Honor Guard from Fort Campbell, KY. Those wishing to attend are asked to meet at the funeral home at 10:00 am Monday to go in procession to the cemetery.
The family would like to express a very special thank you to Warrant Officer Jason Blodgett “WOB,” as well as the support of the United States Army; Mike and Sara Sellers, his comrades in Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 13th Aviation Regiment at Fort Huachuca; the riders of the Patriot Guard; and his cousin, Matt Smith, for going to his service in Arizona.
Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to First Baptist Church of Elizabethton Youth, 212 East F Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643; or donations may be made by credit card or check to Military Families for Army Emergency Relief, at www.aerhq.org in honor of Sgt. Jacob Matthew Honeycutt.
Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.tetrickfuneralhome.com and signing the guest book or by fax 423-542-9499.
Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is serving the family. Office 423-542-2232, Obituary line 543-4917.