Ava Honeycutt was born in Anson County, North Carolina, and graduated from high school there. She then attended cosmetology school and worked in Albermarle, North Carolina.
In 1943 she enlisted in the WAVES in Raleigh and attended basic training at Hunter College in New York. Her first assignment was in Washington, D.C., where she made and provided quality control for code reading equipment. When the war ended, the annex she worked at was closed and she was transferred to an air station until she completed her time.
After leaving the service, she attended Pfeiffer University using the GI Bill. She transferred to Pepperdine University after two years. She graduated from the university in 1948 with a degree in home economics. After graduating she married a fellow Pfeiffer graduate. They moved to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where she taught at a junior high. When her husband was transferred to New Jersey, she taught there. They later returned to North Carolina, settling in Greensboro, and she worked for thirteen years in academic advising at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She retired in the late seventies.