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11/20/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Wade Hancock

Wade Emory Hancock
(05 Sept 1937 - 17 Nov 2011)

Newport News High School Class of 1956

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
 I was saddened this early Sunday morning to read of the death of     Wade Hancock, Class of 1956, who passed away in Hampton on Thursday, November 17, 2011 at the age of 74.

From the Daily Press - 11/20/11:

              Wade E. Hancock



HAMPTON - Wade E. Hancock, 74, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011.

He was a native of Newport News and a lifelong resident of the Peninsula. He was a member of Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church.

Wade is survived by his wife, Linda C. Hancock; sons, Mark A. Hancock and wife, Stephanie, and Douglas McLane; daughter, Deborah Hancock; grandson, Brad Hancock; sister, Dianne Crosby; one niece and nephew; and many other family and friends.


Wade Hancock

A celebration of Wade's life will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22, at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, officiated by the Rev. Franklin Gillis. The family will receive friends and family immediately following the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Kidney Foundation, 6110 Executive Boulevard, Suite 1010, Rockville, MD 20852; or to a charity of choice.

Friends are encouraged to visit

Arrangements are under the direction of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N Armistead Ave., Hampton, VA 23666.
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Published in the Daily Press from November 20 to November 21, 2011.
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November 19, 2011
  Dear Linda and the Hancock Family,

I don't know if you remember me from high school, but Bev Bendos Wills sent me the information about your husband's passing. I'm so sorry for your loss, but please know you will be in my prayers. I have thought about you intermittently over the years and wondered how you were doing. Please know that my thoughts are with you and I know that you will be able to endure this as you have apparently seen your husband suffer, just from reading the obituary. Take care of yourself and know that he is in a much better place and no longer in pain. I firmly believe that our loved ones who pass on before us are always watching over us. Having lost twin sons myself, I do know this to be true. I can feel them near me as well as my grandparents. Just take it slow and easy and you will adjust as time progresses. No, the hurt will never leave, nor will the love, and you will see him again.

Linda Thompson Coltes

November 20, 2011

Wade was one of my best friends, I will miss him. We were friends since school days and had great adventures together. I have many good memories that I will carry in my heart as I say goodbye to Capt'n Wade.

~ Rodney Llewellyn, Yorktown, Virginia

November 20, 2011
Dear Debbie and the Hancock Family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, please let us know if there is anything we can do for you.
Love you, Jack and Char

~ Char Stump, Yorktown, Virginia


November 20, 2011
Debbie, I was very sorry to learn of your dad's passing. It is difficult when our parents die because of the way we were raised and it leaves such a void in your heart seemingly forever. Your dad is no longer in pain and is with those who passed before him; always remember the good times. My prayers are with you and your family.

~ Edna (Black) Whittemore, Hampton, Virginia 

November 20, 2011
  Dear Linda and the Hancock Family,

I am very sorry for you loss and my thoughts are with you. My name is Theresa Mudd and I worked with Wade for 3 1/2 years at Sentara Fitness Center. Wade was a memorable man to work with; I would open the facility and he would come in around 7 always saying hello. I got used to his always being around. We would fold towels together; he was always quiet, but he could be funny. Wade has left a lasting impression with me and I am saddened to hear of his loss. May God bless you all and give you strength during this time.

November 20, 2011
We very saddened to hear about Wade's passing. He was someone that really lived to the fullest. I will always cherish the memories of the times we gathered as a family, and the strength, support and humor he shared with us. While I know that words are only a small gesture of support, I want you to know that his spirit has touched many people's lives as it has mine. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

November 20, 2011

  Dear Linda and Family,
I am so very sorry for the loss of your loved one. I know your hearts are aching but remember all the wonderful memories you are blessed with. My sincere condolences are with you all.

~ Barbara (Small) Herb, Hampton, Virginia

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  Our sincerest condolences are extended to Wade's family, friends, and schoolmates.

   This information is also posted here:

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 11/20/11, 11:50 PM - "    Wade E. Hancock":

Hi, Carol:

Thank you for sending this Memorial Newsletter. When I called Wade to invite him to the first Reunion of the 97th Rifle Company last month, he was excited about attending, and we promised each other we would catch up after so many years. When he did not attend the Reunion, I added his name to my "To Do List" to call and let him know how much we missed him at the Reunion.

Wish I had not delayed making that call now. Rest In Peace, Marine.

Semper Fidelis,
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Thank you so much, Joe.  I'm so very sorry for the loss of your good friend.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Servant of God, Well Done!

Words by Charles Wesley (28 Dec 1707 - 29 Mar 1788)
Music by George J. Elvey (27 Mar 1816 - 9 Dec 1893)

(The Methodist Hymnal, 1966, #288)

Wesley wrote this hymn in 1770 on the occasion of the death of clergyman George White.
Elvey's tune, "Diademata", has been set to several other hymns, notably "Crown Him with Many Thorns" and "Soldiers of Christ, Arise".

 Servant of God, well done!
Thy glorious warfare’s past;
The battle’s fought, the race is won,
And thou art crowned at last.

With saints enthroned on high,
Thou dost thy Lord proclaim,
And still to God salvation cry,
Salvation to the Lamb!

O happy, happy soul!
In ecstasies of praise,
Long as eternal ages roll,
Thou seest Thy Savior’s face.

Redeemed from earth and pain,
Ah! when shall we ascend,
And all in Jesus’ presence reign
With our translated friend?

"Servant of God, Well Done!" midi courtesy of - 01/13/06

"Servant of God, Well Done!" lyrics courtesy of - 01/13/06

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of – 01/27/05

Animated USMC Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!!

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

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