William E. Hancock, son of Mary Bell Barber Hancock and the late William L. Hancock, was born in Poplar Bluff on March 12, 1937, and died at his home in Orange Park, Fla., on July 20, 2009, at the age of 72.
Mr. Hancock grew up in Dudley and moved to Michigan after being married to Dorothy M. Garrett in East St. Louis, Ill., and moved to Florida in 1975. He was of the Protestant faith.
Surviving are his mother, Mary Bell Hancock of Marble Hill; wife, Dorothy M. Hancock of Orange Park, Fla.; three sons, Scot and Bill Alan Hancock, both of Orange Park, Fla., Chuck Hancock and wife, Vicky of Chipley, Florida; three granddaughters, Jessica, Julianne, and Macy; two great-grandsons, Maddox and Nixon; one brother, Ed Hancock and wife Joyce of Dudley; four sisters, Joyce Slinkard of Marble Hill, Mary Harrington and husband Jim of Flint Mich., Kim Watts of Eau Claire, Wis., and Patricia Hoehne and husband Jess of Hayward, Wis.; brother-in-law, Glenn Garrett and wife Janet of Birch Run, Mich.; many nieces and nephews who were much loved; other relatives and friends also survive.
He was preceded in death by his father William L. Hancock; and one sister, Patsy Ashton. Bill will be missed by family, friends and his beloved dog, Lady.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, July 25, 2009, after 12 p.m. at the Dudley Community Church in Dudley.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, July 25, 2009, at 1 p.m. at the Dudley Community Church in Dudley with the Rev. Greg Meadows of Dudley officiating.