Published 12:00 am Friday, January 1, 2010
Jerrell Gideon Huneycutt, age 87, of Suffolk, went to be with the Lord on Dec. 31, 2009. A native of Stanly County, N.C., Mr. Huneycutt was the 11th child of the late John G. Huneycutt and Rosa Lee Hatley Huneycutt. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Letha Ann Burris Huneycutt, of Suffolk, Va.; four sons and their wives, Grant and Betty Huneycutt, of Moneta, Vinson and Betty Huneycutt, of Franklin, Fairren and Donna Huneycutt, of Suffolk, and Ivan and Lynn Huneycutt, of Suffolk; one daughter and her husband, Cindy and Robb Koether, of Farmville; niece, Betty Sue Burris, of Chuckatuck; 17 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; one sister, Mary Barbee Webb, of Salisbury, N.C.; one step-sister, Leoma Taylor, of Albemarle, N.C.
Jerrell grew up in Stanly County, N.C., and served in the Army Air Corp in World War II from 1943-1945. He and Letha married in 1943 and settled in Virginia after the war. Jerrell retired as a machinist in 1984 after 29 years at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company and five years with Craft Machine Works. He founded the Chuckatuck Little League. Jerrell came to know the Lord in 1954 and devoted his life to serving God. He served for 40 years in the Fishers of Men ministry to prisons, nursing homes and hospitals. He and Letha helped organize Community Baptist Church in 1967. He was a member of West Suffolk Baptist Church.
Family visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home & Crematory. A funeral service will be held at Community Baptist Church in Suffolk at 11 a.m. on Monday with interment following at the Albert G. Horton Memorial Veterans Cemetery, Suffolk, Va.
The family would like to thank the staff at Nansemond Point Healthcare Center for their outstanding care and support. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Gideons, P.O. Box 1214, Suffolk, VA 23439-1214 or the Missions to Military, P.O. Box 6, Norfolk, VA 23501-9987. Condolences may be registered at www.rwbakerfh.com.