Jo Emma "Cookie" Honeycutt Caudle

August 4, 1943June 9, 2019

Jo Caudle, affectionately known as Cookie, was born on August 4, 1943, in Montgomery, Alabama and passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at the Villages of Dallas.

Cookie began her life in Alabama but soon moved to North Carolina. She was the only child of parents, James Elvin Caudle and Ester Susan Honeycutt Caudle. After coming to Texas, Cookie received her BA in Music from The University of Texas at Dallas in 1983.

She is survived by a number of cousins still residing in North Carolina.

Cookie invested her life in her work at H& R Block, needlepoint, music and love of cats.

She was a faithful member of Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas, and enjoyed the fellowship there for many years. Rev. Molly Jones and others from the congregation provided support and love for Cookie during her brief and unexpected illness.

Cookie was a member of the DAR, Daughters of the American Revolution, and was a Charter Member of the World War II Memorial Society.

Cookie was loved by many friends, among them, special lifelong friend, Dana Beers, who lovingly cared for her throughout the last days of her life.

Cookie continued working until the last weeks of her life and provided a model of engaged senior living for many to see. She was always on her way somewhere with something to do for someone.

She was best known at the Villages for her love of music, working jigsaw puzzles outside the Chapel doors, visiting interesting destinations on outings and excursions and her fondness for her beloved cat.

Cookie added life to everything she touched...her beautiful cottage at the Villages was filled with her needlepoint and other treasured collections she gathered across the years. Her style was unique, warm and inviting and her home was a perfect reflection of these qualities.

Cookie loved music, and often shared her gifts at the piano during Vesper Services and on special holiday occasions at the Villages. Her annual “Holiday Party” was a true gift to all and her gracious hospitality will certainly be missed during the coming season.

There are many lovely pianos located throughout the Villages and Cookie’s benevolent heart assured they were in tune throughout the year. We are deeply grateful she made sure all enjoyed beautiful sounds of music throughout The Villages.

Cookie will be fondly remembered by all at The Villages of Dallas and laid to her final resting place at the Oakwood Cemetery in beautiful Raleigh, North Carolina.

Service details are pending.

In lieu of flowers, please feel free to donate to the SPCA, Cookie’s favorite Charity. Please designate your donation for the care of cats.

Those of us who were privileged to know and love Cookie will carry her in our hearts until we meet again.


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Jo Emma "Cookie" Honeycutt Caudle

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Sandra Phillips

June 13, 2019

Jo Emma was the youngest of my dad's first cousins on his mom's side, and she lived in Texas all of my life. Since her mom lived here in Raleigh, NC, Emma visited regularly. In the 80s, the three local cousins started getting together for lunch when Jo Emma was in town, and often we, the kids of the cousins, would come too. I was fascinated by the fact that she worked at (and later retired from) the headquarters for J.C. Penney's because my mom sure did keep the local Penney's here in business when I was growing up.

Jo Emma's dad was my grandmother's brother, and sadly both of them passed before I was born. I'm 25 years younger than Jo Emma so it's only been in recent years that we connected over our shared love of family history. When my dad passed away a few years ago, I stayed in touch with Jo Emma so my mom & I could still do lunch with her & the other local cousin when she came to town. She amazed me that she'd drive all the way from Texas by herself, and I still remember a few years ago when she broke down in TN coming and going, and ended up buying a new pick up truck on the way home! We both loved our cats like they were our children and could talk and talk about them. In recent months as I started working on getting into the Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.), we started talking often about our family history research and building our trees on This Fall when she visited NC, we planned to travel to some family graves in another part of the state.

Sunday afternoon before I received the devastating news that Jo Emma had passed, I signed my application to join the D.A.R., and her name was listed as a relative with closest lineage. It warms my heart to read this obituary and know that she was so loved by her friends in Texas. Jo Emma was one of a kind, and I will always miss her. I take comfort in knowing she is reunited with her parents in Heaven.

Carrie Brewster

June 12, 2019

Cookie was one of my favorite people. I could always count on a detailed story when I would sit in her H&R Block cubicle. It was such a privilege to know her and work with her. My heart is broken. She will truly be missed.

Elizabeth Reed

June 12, 2019

Cookie's smile was contagious and will be missed.
You kept your cottage perfect, just as you did your place in Duncanville. Spread your joy!
See you over there, Dearest DAR Sister.