Aubrey R. Honea (1931 - 2014)

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Feb.1, 1931 - Sept. 2, 2014
NEW BERN | Aubrey Honea died unexpectedly Tuesday morning at CarolinaEast Medical Center with his granddaughter Andrea Brianna Honea by his side. Aubrey, 83, was born in Hamilton County, Texas, the sixth child of John and Ettie Honea's 11 children.
Aubrey and his late wife, Naomi, met as childhood sweethearts at Godley (TX) High School. They married July 18, 1950 in Cleburne, TX. Naomi died Feb. 8, 2013. In more than 40 years living in New Bern, Aubrey befriended many. His infectious smile and always-cheerful demeanor were his trademarks.
An electrical engineer and U.S. Army veteran, Aubrey worked for 38 years at Raytheon and lived throughout the world with Naomi and their daughters, Audrey Kaye Wilson and Brenda Renay Karaska. Since 1959, Aubrey was a Master Mason of the A&A Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, SJ, USA.
Aubrey was a generous, loving and loyal husband, father and grandfather. His friends knew him as honest and non-judgmental. He never forgot his humble beginnings. Despite his great intellect, Aubrey was not pretentious or condescending. He had a lifelong thirst for knowledge. He was a great teacher, who loved art and music. An animated story-teller, Aubrey regaled listeners with his recollections of a well-lived life.
A man of outstanding compassion and empathy, Aubrey shared his gifts - time, talent and resources - with others. In a 1964 mission project, Aubrey helped build a hospital on the San Blas Islands of Panama to serve the indigenous Kuna Indians. He maintained friendships with a great array of people, and he lived out the Gospel call to "Love One Another."
Also mourning Aubrey's death are his grandchildren, Christopher McMurray, Melissa Walker, Terrena Miller, Justine Kelso and Mallory Karaska; his great-grandson Taylor Walker; his siblings: Aunita Coffee; Cass Washington Honea and Travis Eugene Honea.
A viewing will be held Friday 6-8 p.m. and Saturday at noon with a funeral service following at 1 p.m. at the Cotten Funeral Home Chapel 2201 Neuse Blvd. New Bern, NC 28560. Internment will follow at Greenleaf Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Craven County Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 12039, New Bern, NC 28561.
Online condolences may be made to the Honea family at www.cottenfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are by Cotten Funeral Home & Crematory.
Published in Sun Journal on Sept. 4, 2014
Aubrey R Honea
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