Introduction to Honey Chatham Obituary:

Honey is on the right in this picture. The picture was taken during a tour of her home during the 2004 convention.

We are saddened to learn of the passing of a cherished colleague in the pottery world. Honey Chatham had a big heart and generous spirit.

American Art Pottery Association members were so fortunate to get to know Honey back in 2004 when we visited the Gulf States for our convention. Our field trip to Biloxi and its environs was a glorious and awesome trip into a time and place that enchanted us all. One of the highlights of our day trip was a visit to the Chatham home. Honey greeted us all individually and welcomed us to see the stunning collection of George Ohr pottery she and her husband Guy had collected over the years. It was unusually cold that morning and Honey thoughtfully offered us hot tea and coffee to warm up as well as home made goodies. Her gracious hospitality and warm, engaging personality made us all feel right at home and wish we could stay and linger for a long while. We will always be grateful to her for creating a very special day. The Gulf has changed over the past six years in dramatic ways. Forever in our memory will be a magical time spent with a delightful and precious woman.


Honey T. Chatham
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Jessie (Honey) Toney Chatham died Wednesday, June 11, 2010 in Hattiesburg.

She was born in 1942 in Albemarle, North Carolina to the late Jacob E. Toney of Shubuta, Mississippi and Ree Ree Toney of Quitman. She graduated from Quitman High School in 1959 and The University of Southern Mississippi in 1964.

Mrs. Chatham worked for the Clerk’s office of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Biloxi for over twenty years and retired in 2004. She was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Gulfport.

Mrs. Chatham is preceded in death by her husband Robert Guy Chatham.

She is survived by her two sons, John Jacob Smith of Gulfport and Hobart Ernest Smith of Long Beach; two daughters, Trapp Smith Tischner of Marietta, GA and Jessie Amory Smith of Sumrall; and three grandchildren, Sarah Smith of Sumrall, Sam Tischner and Lily Tischner both of Marietta.

A memorial service will be held June 19 at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 5007 Lawson Avenue, Gulfport 39507.

The family prefers memorials to the Palmer’s Home for Children, P.O. Box 746, Columbus, MS 39703-9983.