Thomas Joseph “T.J.” Honeycutt

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Thomas Joseph “T.J.” Honeycutt

Marlin, Falls County, Texas, USA
Death 4 Jan 2008 (aged 90)
Conroe, Montgomery County, Texas, USA
Burial Marlin, Falls County, Texas, USA
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Thomas Joseph "T.J." Honeycutt passed away Jan. 4, 2008, in Conroe, Texas. Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, at the chapel of the Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home in Huntsville with interment 4 p.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery in Marlin. He will lie in state from 12 to 7 p.m. Monday Jan. 7, and from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008.

T.J. was born in Marlin, Texas, to the late Nobe E. Honeycutt and Vera (Mullens) Honeycutt. T.J. attended McClanahan rural school and graduated from Marlin High School in 1935. He attended and graduated from John Tarleton Agriculture College (now Tarleton State University) from 1935 to 1937. He was employed by Falls Hotel in Marlin for one year before becoming principal and teacher at Taylors Chapel rural school in 1937 for two years, then was principal and teacher at nearby McClanahan rural school for two years beginning in 1939. T.J. married Hazel Oliver in December 1939, and they celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary in December 2007. He worked for Falls County ASC during the summer of 1941 and for Houston Ship Building Co., the summer of 1942.

T.J. volunteered to serve his country during World War II in the U.S. Army Air Corps, September 1942, and was stationed at Blackland Army Air Field, Waco, from September 1942 to May, 1943, and Kearns Field, Salt Lake City, Utah, from May 1943 to August 1943. He went overseas in September 1943 and served in North Africa, Corsica and Italy. He arrived home in August 1945 for a furlough before reporting for training for the mission to invade Japan where upon V.J. Day was declared several days later and he was discharged September 1945.

T.J. was employed by Ward Produce Co in Marlin for two years as a bookkeeper and then attended Sam Houston State University in Huntsville receiving his B.S. in 1948 and M.A. in 1949 in agricultural education. He was employed as a vocational agriculture teacher at Marlin High School from July 1 1949 to January 1964. During that time, he served as President of the Marlin Jr. Chamber of Commerce, President of Marlin Lions Club, President of Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas, Vice-President and President Elect of the National Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association, member of Board of Directors for 20 years of the Agricultural Workers Auto Insurance Co, Ft. Worth, and a member of the Executive Committee. T.J. came to Sam Houston State University in January 1964 and continued teaching for the university for the next 21 years; he also served as head teacher trainer for many of those years. He served on the Sam Houston Athletic Council for 10 years and continued to be an avid supporter of the athletic program. T.J. held many positions and received many awards during his lifetime. He was President, Collegiate F.F.A. Chapter at Sam Houston State University; President, Agriculture Educators, State of Texas; Vice President Region II National Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association; outstanding teacher educator in Texas, 1977; awarded for contribution to vocational education, Texas Vocational Assoiation. 1957 to 1958; chairman, state F.F.A. Leadership contest; advisor for Area IX (State and National F.F.A. winners); advisor, agriculture education for Young Farmers of Texas Association; received Honorary American Farmer degree at F.F.A. Convention, Kansas City, Mo., October 1980, the highest honor they can bestow on an individual.

He was a Civil War buff and was named for his maternal grandfather, Thomas Macon Mullens, who fought in Hood's Texas Brigade. When the war ended, he walked most of the way home to Texas from Appamattox Courthouse. His mother did not recognize him until she saw the mole on his neck. After retirement he took several conducted historical tours of battlefields including many where his grandfather fought. T.J. was known as a "Real Grandson." He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Huntsville, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Lana Honeycutt; and sisters, Elizabeth Houston and Ruby Joy Foster.

He is survived by his wife, Hazel Oliver Honeycutt; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Waco Tribune-Herald: 1/8/2008...J2

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