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February 15, 2014

E.C. Honaker

SLATE CREEK, Va. — E.C. Honaker, 67 years of age, of Slate Creek, Virginia, passed away on Tuesday, February 11, 2014. Born in Buchanan County, he was the son of the late Walter and Victoria (Davis) Honaker.

He was a retired heavy equipment mechanic and welder, minister for 42 years and pastor of the New Zion Freewill Baptist Church for the past 14 years. He was also the first fire chief of the Slate Creek Volunteer Fire Department.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one infant son, Everett Christopher Honaker; one infant sister, Rita Faye Honaker and one brother, Eddie Honaker.

He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years 5 months, Mary Marie (Viers) Honaker of Slate Creek, VA; two daughters, Donna Marie Looney (Dwayne) of Breaks, VA and Cheryl Kay Counts (Eric) of Church Hill, TN; one son, Stephen Lee Honaker (Pam) of Charleston, WV; one honorary son, Preston Fletcher (Marinna) of Charleston, WV; one honorary daughter, Wanda Clevinger (Randall) of Harman, VA; one much-loved and adored dog, Miss Daisy; one sister, Marie Street (Stanford) of Slate Creek, VA; two brothers, Richard Honaker of Slate Creek, VA, Freddie Honaker (Venie) of Amelia, VA.

Big Papaw, as he was called, and Little Grandma, were blessed with five grandchildren: Amanda LeeAnn Honaker, Charleston, WV, Tyler Dwayne Looney and Zachary Layne Looney, Breaks, VA, Ashley Morgan Counts and Jared Michael Counts, Church Hill, TN.

Visitation will be Friday night 6:00 P.M. with church services starting at 7:00 P.M.  Funeral Services for E.C. Honaker will be conducted Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at the Grundy Funeral Home Chapel with preachers Ervin Hurley, Jimmy Kerr and Johnny Owens officiating. Burial will follow at the Lee Davis Cemetery, Davis Ridge, Virginia, with the Slate Creek Volunteer Fire Department leading the procession.

Active pallbearers will be: Tony Viers, Tyler Looney, Zachary Looney, Walter Edward Honaker, Randall Clevinger, Roger Hurley, C.J. Stacy, Jared Counts, Ashley Counts and Jake Blankenship.

Honorary pallbearers will be: Ella Mae King, Fayne and Pat Viers, Keith Cochran, Eddie Viers, Eural Viers, Craig Viers, Don Estep, Ricky and Sherry Honaker and their girls Victoria, Shelia and Kayla, Freddie Honaker, Deacons and members of New Zion Freewill Baptist Church, and Legacy Hospice.  

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Grundy Funeral Home of Grundy, Virginia is in charge of all arrangements.

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