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Richard Honablue Sr.

Richard Honablue passed away on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 in his home at Locust Hill.

He was born November 1918 in Creswell, N.C. At the age of 9, Richard moved to Staten Island, N.Y. He attended P.S. 18 and graduated from McKee High School in Staten Island.

After high school Richard attended APEX Barbering School in Harlem. He passed the state licensing exam and moved to Boston to work. Soon, he was called for the draft and did his basic training in Langley, Va., and trained at the Army Signal Corps School near Joplin, Missouri. He was promoted to sergeant before being shipped off to Europe on the USS Florence Nightingale. His battalion traveled through England, Normandy, France and Germany, setting up and repairing communications poles and lines.  

In the summer of ’46, he met Bernice White at a dance and they married 6 weeks later. They had 3 children.

Richard held 2 to 3 jobs at a time. He worked at the GM Assembly Line in Linden, N.J., also on the dietary staff at Fort Hamilton Veterans Administration Hospital, and as a barber. He also enjoyed his membership with Armfield Kittrell American Legion Post #1272.

He formed Superb Fuel Oil Service in 1954 and ran it until his retirement in 1986. He and Bernice relocated to Locust Hill in 1986.

Richard grew up as a member of Shiloh AME Zion Church, Staten Island. Upon relocation, he and Bernice embraced Greater Walters AME Zion Church, Newport News, as their new church home.

Richard loved to sing and made a great meat loaf, but most of all loved sharing the 10 decades of his life experiences.

He is survived by his son and daughter, Richard “Doc” Honablue Jr., and Cynthia Honablue; sister, Anna Rose Robertson of Coram, N.Y.; and many cousins and kin in and from Creswell, N.C.

Predeceased is his wife Bernice White Honablue, his son Donald Honablue, his brothers William and Thurston Honablue, and sister Doris Honablue Samuels. 

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, January 12, at Greater Walters AME Zion Church, 656 28th St., Newport News, VA 23607. The viewing will be prior to the service from 9 to 11 a.m.  

Arrangements are under the care of Redmond Funeral Home (804-785-3342).

posted 01.10.2018

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