Dewey A. Honaker Sr., 91, of Vienna, and a four-year resident of Wyngate Senior Living, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, following a brief illness.
Dewey was born Dec. 31, 1921, in Oak Hill, W.Va., a son of the late Dewey S. and Irene (McCoy) Honaker. He was a WWII U.S. Army veteran, who was stationed in Panama. While stationed there, he served as an athletic instructor of baseball, boxing and football, and achieved the rank of tech sergeant. After the war, he returned to southern West Virginia, where he drove a Greyhound bus, and also during that time met his beloved wife and drove her to work. Dewey then joined the W.Va. State Police and served in Lewisburg, W.Va. After being a state trooper, he then worked as a railroad detective on the C&O Railroad in Logan, W.Va. Dewey later began a 35 year career as a Nationwide insurance agent in southern West Virginia. He was promoted to management and came to Parkersburg to serve as the district manager, and then started the Dewey A. Honaker Nationwide Insurance Agency of Parkersburg until retirement. After retirement, he worked for the Golf Club of West Virginia, and always enjoyed golfing, hunting and raising beagles. He was a longtime member of Wayside United Methodist Church, a longtime member of the Vienna Lions Club and a member of the Elks Lodge #198 of Parkersburg.
He is survived by his son, Dewey Honaker Jr. (Denise) of Vienna, W.Va.; daughter, Patricia Thomas Jackson (Bill) of Middlesboro, Ky.; granddaughters, Sarah Dawn Honaker and Shelli Thomas; step-grandson, Bryan Jackson (Jonna); step-great-grandson, Matthew Jackson; and sister-in-law, Betty Honaker of Monroe, N.C. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Nellie (Gillespie) Honaker; second wife, Emma "Gerry" Tallman Honaker; and brother, Charles Honaker.
Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Sunday at the Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Rev. Dr. T. Patrick Kerr officiating. Entombment will follow in Sunset Memory Gardens. Visitation will be 1-3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.leavittfuneralhome.com