Photo of Dr. Honeycutt, and his wife, June

Mourning the Death of June Honeycutt, Wife of Eighth Southern Seminary President

Jacob Percy — June 10, 2024

Members of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and the broader community mourn the death of June Williams Honeycutt, who passed away on Saturday, June 8, 2024, surrounded by her family. June Honeycutt was the wife of Southern Seminary’s eighth President, Roy Honeycutt, and served alongside her husband as president’s wife from 1982-1993.

In a statement released by President R. Albert Mohler, Jr., he said, “June Honeycutt dearly loved her husband, Dr. Roy Honeycutt, the eighth president of Southern Seminary, and she dearly loved Southern Seminary, its faculty, and its students. During the years that Dr. Honeycutt was president, June was an ever-present and encouraging force on the campus. She was known for her Southern graciousness, her incredible kindness, and her ever-present smile. It was impossible to think of Dr. Roy Honeycutt as president without thinking of June at his side, and she was a great gift to Southern Seminary in terms of relationships and joy. We are thankful for her influence and so many students and for the many contributions she made to Southern Seminary during the years she served as the president’s wife. She was unfailingly kind and gracious to me and to Mary, and it was a great honor for us to know her and to honor her for her service to Southern Seminary for so many years.”

Mary Mohler also said, “Mrs. June Honeycutt was one of the sweetest women I have had the privilege to know. I first met her when I was a student wife and staff wife in the 80s and she was always cordial and welcoming. When I became Southern’s president’s wife in 1993, a trustee noted in his comments to the full board that I had a tough assignment to follow Mrs. Honeycutt in my new role as her loving, sacrificial service to our school was well established. June could not have been more encouraging as I assumed a daunting role while I was the mother of two preschoolers. Fourteen years later, what a sweet gift from the Lord it was when my widowed mother developed a deep and abiding friendship with June when she, too, was widowed. They spent many happy times together over the next decade and eventually became neighbors in an assisted living facility. June’s unfailing cheerfulness was a gift to my mom and our entire family. June was the last visitor my mom had on this earth, and I will never forget her many kindnesses.”

The Southern Seminary family expresses deep sympathy to the Honeycutt family for the loss of their dearly loved mother and grandmother.

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