Charlie James Honeycutt
Longtime Tehachapi resident Charlie James Honeycutt passed away at home on Jan. 28, 2013, after a long battle with cancer.
A funeral service was held on Monday, Feb. 4 at the Wood Family Funeral Service Chapel. He was interred at Tehachapi Public Cemetery - Eastside. Reverend Frank Wann officiated the services.
Charlie was born in Stigler, Okla. to Alex and Rosemary Honeycutt. He moved with his family to the Arvin/Lamont area during the depression. He was a 1952 graduate of Bakersfield High School. Also in 1952, Charlie met and married the love of his life, Kathryn Pond. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in August of 2012.
Charlie was highly intelligent and with only a high school diploma from B.H.S., he used his self-taught engineering skills to obtain employment as an electronic technician with Corvair Aircraft Corp. in Palmdale.
He worked on the Air Force's frontline F-102 jet fighters until the project ended.
Afterward, Charlie and Kathryn moved to Tehachapi, and he began his career at California Portland Cement as an accountant in their business office.
Charlie worked there until 1976 and was forced to retire because of a near fatal disorder, "Guillain-Barre Syndrome," which caused him to be paralyzed.
Although stricken with the disease and many of its side effects, Charlie struggled and overcame his paralysis and walked again.
Despite his physical problems, Charlie used his skills to help many people, building homes, repairing cars, televisions and radios.
Charlie was always there for many. He had a humorous personality and loved joking with people. A bright spot for him was his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Charlie is survived by his wife, Kathryn; daughter and son-in-law, Cathy and Rick Chambers; son and daughter-in-law, James and Trish Honeycutt; grandchildren, Raymond Chambers, Roy Chambers, Alex Honeycutt and Kristin Honeycutt; and great-grandchildren, Tyler, Kylee, and Benjamin.
Wood Family Funeral Service, Inc. is handling the services. For condolences please visit www.woodmortuary.net.