HONEYCUTT, Bessie Lorene King

Bessie Lorene King Honeycutt was born on July 19, 1920 in Rankin, OK to Roger Mills County pioneers, Abner “Dutch” Alfred King and Laura Dare King. She went to be with the Lord on April 13, 2014. Bessie made her way into the world just minutes before her twin sister, Bertha. The twins were so tiny with a combined weight of under six pounds, they slept in the warming oven of the wood stove. Her twin was her playmate in childhood and throughout the years a trusted confidant. Bessie and her six sisters grew up on the Dutch King homestead and attended Reydon High School. She graduated as Salutatorian of her class. Soon after graduation she married her childhood sweetheart, Erv Honeycutt, in a double wedding alongside her twin Bertha and her groom (Erv’s brother) Fred. In 1941 Bessie, Erv and their children, Ervon and Vesta moved to Oildale, California and then to the Los Angeles area. While her husband served in the Army overseas, where he was wounded, she worked as a telegraph operator. After WWII they relocated to Lawndale, California, where they purchased property. Erv was a carpenter and building contractor and built their home. They lived there for more than 45 years. They built rental units on some of the property. Erv did construction projects. Bessie managed the property, collected the rent and cleaned the units. Bertha and Fred built their home next door. Erv and his brother Fred worked together and became well known building contractors throughout Southern California. The twins raised their children together. When one worked outside the home, the other one babysat. After Bessie’s husband passed away in 1998, she suffered a major stroke, which left her paralyzed on her right side. She had to learn to speak again at age 78 and retrain herself to do things with her left side. The last 14 years she lived in an assisted living facility in Torrance, CA. She retained her quick wit and dry sense of humor right up to the end. She was predeceased by five of her sisters. She is survived by her twin sister, Bertha Honeycutt, sister-in-law Pearl Honeycutt Goodwin, son Ervon Honeycutt, daughter Vesta Desplancke, son Don Honeycutt, ten grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and three great great-grandchildren. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Memorial services were held on April 21, 2014. Her body was buried next to her husband in the family plot in Chico, California. Cheyenne Star, May 1, 2014