On September 15, 2019 we lost our oldest living member. Gladys Jones Honig, age 95, was a shining example of those who have been called ‘the greatest generation’. With her passing, our lodge, our chapter, and our community are greatly diminished.
Gladys grew up with five sisters and one brother in a three bedroom house in the village of Appomattox Court House. The house did not have electricity or plumbing. A well, an out-house, and candles or oil lamps were the norm. Gladys and a sister would earn tip money by acting as tour guides for the visitors to the Confederate Cemetery. From there, riding on the running boards, they would guide the visitors to the local attractions. The Jones girls also sold post cards and Civil War bullets that they found. When her parents moved to Lynchburg, Gladys stayed with her sister in Appomattox and completed her education. After graduating from Appomattox High School in 1942, she rejoined her family in Lynchburg. She first worked at Woolworth on Main Street, and then was employed for 36 years at C & P Telephone (later becoming AT&T). *The above information was gleaned from a wonderful article by Charles Conrad in the Winter 2019 edition of Discover.
In 1949 Gladys married Henry Honig. They raised two children. Henry passed in 1990. Gladys was energetic, dynamic and (when necessary) outspoken. She dedicated almost half her life to volunteer service. She logged over 4000 hours as a volun-teer at Lynchburg General Hospital. As a member of WOTM Chapter 1335, she twice served as Argus (Guide). For more than 30 years, she gave her time as a volunteer worker at our bi-weekly Bingo sessions. She was loved and respected by everyone who knew her. Her selfless service and human kind-ness set a standard for which we all should strive. Go rest high…