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A Tribute to my mom

By Dean Honeycutt

Mitchell CountyDean Honeycutt Mitchell County Snowhill Baptist Church

On February 6 my Mom went to heaven, she was seventy-seven. I miss her so much. There was never a time in my life that Mom did not have my back, she was always there for me. Mom made me walk the straight and narrow and was the first person to teach me about Jesus.

dean honeycutt's momThe Lord took Mom unexpectedly and suddenly. You see my mom was a throat cancer survivor. She had lived on a feeding tube for eighteen years, absolutely nothing went down her throat not even her own saliva. During a grueling fourteen-hour surgery mom’s tongue was removed along with a cancerous tumor at the base of her tongue. Radiation had shrunk Mom’s throat so small that she could not swallow. This surgery along with the radiation left her unable to eat or drink. Mom’s life was drastically changed. The surgeon and oncologist told Mom she would never talk again, and all her nutrition would go through a feeding tube inserted into her stomach. She would have to change this feeding tube once a year and sometimes it would fall out. One time after her feeding tube fell out Mom took a pair of scissors and stuck them into the incision in her stomach to keep the opening from closing until she could get a new tube installed. My Mom was tough.

But all things are possible with God. Mom began to pray and ask God to help her talk and miraculously God answered her prayer. Her first words to me were Merry Christmas. Medically we are not supposed to be able to talk without a tongue, but God, can I say again but God heard my Mom’s prayer. And though Mom would never take any food or drink by mouth again she would tell people how God performed a miracle in her life. Medical professionals recorded Mom’s voice and were amazed at the vitality Mom had after this life-threatening surgery. Mom has shared her testimony with hundreds of people. She did more witnessing without a tongue than most of us do with the ability to speak plainly.

Mom was highly active. She went to restaurants with us and while we were eating, she would pour her liquid nutrition down her feeding tube. We did not care what other people thought. Always while shopping on vacation or in a restaurant,  Mom would find someone to share her miracle with and tell how good God was to her. She was involved with four different churches and supported missions, especially missions for youth. She went with our church on many youth group trips and was a great blessing to our church.

Mom did not let her weakness stop her from serving the Lord. Like the Apostle Paul’s thorn in the flesh, God’s grace is greater than Mom’s weakness. Is it not amazing how God can use the weak things of this world and the feeble things of this world to bring honor and glory to Him? Heaven is getting sweeter every day.

To God be the Glory,

Pastor Dean Honeycutt


Pastor Dean Honeycutt shepherds Snow Hill Baptist Church in Bakersville, NC. He may be reached at 828-385-0213,, or visit their website at

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