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Woodfin - Delzie Owen "Derby" Honeycutt, 91, of 19 Woodfin Avenue, went to be with his Lord and family on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at the Charles George VA Medical Center.
A native and lifelong resident of Buncombe County, he retired from Pearlman Furniture Company and was formerly employed with Artimore Furniture Company for 25 years. He was of the Baptist faith, and served as a Special Deputy with the Buncombe County Sheriff's Department and was a World War II US Army Infantry veteran.
Mr. Honeycutt was the son of the late Thomas and Barthemy Grindstaff Honeycutt and husband of the late Gladys Pauline Rochester Honeycutt who died in 1997.
Surviving are his daughter, Patricia Maria Douglass and husband Allan of Stockbridge, GA; granddaughters, Maria Douglass Usov and husband Valeriy of Saudi Arabia and Kimberly Johnson and husband Craig of Evansville, IN; grandson, Allan Douglass, Jr. and wife Nancy of Deland, FL; great grandchildren, Michaela and Gladys Usov and Emmanuel Johnson and Evangeline Bushey' and husband Ryan; great-great grandsons, Landen, Silas, Malachi Bushey'; nephew, Ronnie Honeycutt and wife Terry of Candler, cousin, Bernice Krouse of Maryland and special friends, Joyce "Granny" Pierce, Linda Surrett and Sam Lamb all of Leicester and former Sheriff, Bobby Medford.
Funeral services will be held at 11 AM Wednesday, November 6, 2013 in the chapel of Anders-Rice Funeral Home with Rev. Joe Yelton officiating. Burial will follow in Ashelawn Gardens of Memory with military graveside rites conducted by the Buncombe County Veterans Council and NC National Guard.
The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 AM Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to: VFW Post #891, 626 New Leicester Hwy, Asheville, N.C. 28806.
His home, his country, his kin:
He was getting old and paunchy, And his hair was falling fast, And he sat around the Legion, Telling stories of the past.
Of a war that he once fought in, And the deeds that he had done, In his exploits with his buddies; They were heroes, every one
And 'tho sometimes to his neighbors, His tales became a joke, All his buddies listened quietly, For they knew where of he spoke.
But we'll hear his tales no longer, For ol' Derby has passed away, And the world's a little poorer, For a soldier died today.
He won't be mourned by many, Just his children and his wife. For he lived an ordinary, Very quiet sort of life.
He held a job and raised a family, Going quietly on his way; And the world won't note his passing, 'Tho a Soldier died today.
When politicians leave this earth, Their bodies lie in state, While thousands note their passing, And proclaim that they were great.
Papers tell of their life stories, From the time that they were young, But the passing of a Soldier, Goes unnoticed, and unsung.
Is the greatest contribution, To the welfare of our land, Some jerk who breaks his promise, And cons his fellow man?
Or the ordinary fellow, Who in times of war and strife, Goes off to serve his country, And offers up his life?
The politicians' stipend, And the style in which he lives, Are often disproportionate, To the service that he gives.
While the ordinary Soldier, Who offered up his all, Is paid off with a medal, And perhaps a pension, small.
It is not the politicians, With their compromise and ploys, Who won for us the freedom, That our country now enjoys.
Should you find yourself in danger, With your enemies at hand, Would you really want some cop-out, With his ever waffling stand?
Or would you want a Soldier, Just a common Soldier, Who would fight until the end.
He was just a common Soldier, And his ranks are growing thin, But his presence should remind us, We may need his likes again.
For when countries are in conflict, We find the Soldier's part, Is to clean up all the troubles, That the politicians start.
If we cannot do him honor, While he's here to hear the praise, Then at least let's give him homage, At the ending of his days.
Perhaps just a simple headline, In the paper that might say: "OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING, A SOLDIER DIED TODAY."
To sign Mr. Honeycutt's guestbook online, go to "Memorials" at www.andersrice.com.
Anders-Rice Funeral Home & Cremation Center
1428 Patton Ave Asheville, NC 28806
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Nov. 5, 2013