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Madaline Honeycutt

Madaline Honeycutt, age 89, of Hyattsville, Maryland, died Friday, October 5, 2018, following a brief illness.

Born January 8, 1929, in Marlinton, she was a daughter of the late William Ambrose and Edna Lee Hartley Sage.

Madaline was a woman of quiet strength and determination. After a divorce in the mid-1960s, she followed in the path of several other family members who migrated from the mountains of West Virginia to the Washington, D.C., area in search of employment. There she found a job in the parts department of a Sears store, where she remained for nearly three decades.

She also found a husband and settled into a home in nearby Prince George’s County, Maryland, where she lived until the time of her death.

For nearly 20 years since the death of her husband, she remained active and independent, and she was loved by many neighbors in an increasingly diverse suburban community. More recently she found a new community of friends as a member of Eastminster Presbyterian Church.

Each year she spent the Christmas holidays in the home of her daughter and son-in-law in Keyser.

She embraced and generously supported the organizations and causes they cared about, including the National Federation of the Blind and Keyser’s community radio station, Mountain Streams Radio. She will be remembered for her kind heart and generous spirit.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Ralph Honeycutt, Jr., in 2000; an infant son, Hubert James Sharp, Jr.; a grandson, Franklin Edward Chandler; four brothers, Russell Sage, Ray Sage, Glenn Sage and Cecil Sage; and six sisters, Mazie Hannah, Martha “Mattie” Tumblin, Mary Phillips, Dena Foreback, Josephine “Jo” Sharp (her twin), and Shirley Daff.

Madaline is survived by her daughter, Karen Jean Sharp McDonald, and husband, Ed McDonald, of Keyser; three grandchildren: Carl Eugene Chandler, Jr.,of Jacksonville, Florida, Donna Kay Jarboe, of Fairmont, and Jackson Wayne Chandler, New York, New York; five great-grandchildren: Jordan Dawn Jarboe, Sophia Renae Chandler, Brennen Michael Chandler and Jayden Franklin Collins, all of Fairmont, and Micheal Jerome Jarboe, Jr., of Chester, Virginia; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held Saturday, October 13, 1 p.m. at Tomblyn Funeral Home, in Elkins with Pastor Jim McCune officiating. Burial will be in Mingo Cemetery, in Mingo. Family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until time of service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 5601 Randolph Street, Hyattsville, MD 20784; or the National Federation of the Blind of West Virginia, 151 S. Mineral Street, Keyser, WV 26726.

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