Thaise ‘Teddy’ Bedford Honaker, 87, died Thursday, June 16, 2016, at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice surrounded by her family. Teddy was born in Hackensack, N.J., on December 22, 1928, to U.S. Army Lt. Col. Joseph Stanly Bedford and Francis Hooper Bedford.
Teddy’s father was a career U.S. Army officer, and following her father, Teddy lived all over the United States growing up, and graduated from high school in Spartanburg in 1946. Following her lifelong love of music, she attended Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J., and graduated in 1950. In the summer of 1951, she became the chorale director and lead soloist at the outdoor drama ‘Unto These Hills’ in Cherokee. There, she met Gerald Honaker, the love of her life. After a brief courtship, they were married on October 15, 1951.
Teddy had a beautiful singing voice, and in addition to performing, she taught vocal performance at Eastern Kentucky State University in Richmond, Ky., and Catawba College in Salisbury. She led church choirs throughout her life at First Presbyterian Church in Asheville; First Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Ky.; First Presbyterian Church in Salisbury; and Windermere Presbyterian Church in Wilmington. She also led the Rowan Community Concert Association and Salisbury Rowan Choral Society, where she formed friendships that lasted her lifetime.
She and Gerry were also world travelers. During their time in Salisbury, they organized and led several tours of Europe and had many extended visits with Leslie at her home in England, watching Gillian and Alex grow up. After Gerry’s retirement from Catawba College they moved to Wilmington and spent 25 years at their home in Pine Valley. Teddy loved to garden, cook, entertain friends and babysit her third granddaughter, Hope. She and Gerry continued to travel the world and had great adventures together.
She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Gerald L Honaker; son, Geoffrey Honaker, and his wife, Deborah Covington; granddaughter, Hope; daughter, Leslie Honaker Bolsover, and her husband, Steven; and grandchildren, Gillian and Alex.
The family intends a private ceremony at her interment.
The family would like to thank the providers and staff at Lower Cape Fear Hospice for their loving support of Teddy and our family during her time there.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.
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