12/28/05 - NNHS Newsletter - Gary Hancock

Gary A. Hancock
(1951 -  24 Dec 2005)

 Ferguson High School Class of 1968 

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have more sad news today. 

  From Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 01/20/06:

..... Something else I hadn't seen in any of your newsletters and I should have written sooner about it.  Did you know Donnie Hancock ('66) and/or his brother, Gary (Ferguson HS - '68)?  Gary passed away Christmas Eve after a short battle (diagnosed in September) with cancer.  A mutual friend told me that his wife died 7 years ago, also from cancer, and he left two young children, ages 15 and 12, I think.  According to the obituary in the Daily Press Dec 26th or 27th, he had two older children that lived in Alabama.....

   Oh, my, yes, Sandi.  I knew both the Hancock brothers.  They were my neighbors in Stuart Gardens - all of us in Stuart Gardens were neighbors.  I remember Gary as a darling little boy, and watched him as he grew up and started high school with us.  I am so sorry to learn of his passing.  Thank you so much for telling me this, Sandi.


From the Daily Press - 01/21/06:

  Gary A. Hancock

NEWPORT NEWS - Gary A. Hancock, 54, a lifelong resident of Newport News, died at home Saturday, Dec. 24, 2005, after a brief battle with cancer. Gary was a self-employed home contractor. He enjoyed working with his hands and could fix anything. He was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church, and a 1968 graduate of Ferguson High School. Preceded in death by his wife, Janice D. Hancock, he is survived by his son and daughter, Gary A. Hancock Jr. and Barbara E. Flores, both of Alabama, and his son and daughter, Alan and Lauren, both of the home; a sister, Kay Hancock of Newport News; and two brothers, Donnie Hancock of Newport News and Butch Eason. A memorial service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Bethany United Methodist Church, 1509 Todds Lane, Hampton. The family will receive friends at the church after the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Lauren and Alan Hancock Trust Fund, c/o Resource Bank, 735 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Newport News, VA 23606. The family would like to thank friends and neighbors for all their support. Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Published in the Daily Press from 12/27/2005 - 12/28/2005.
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I am so sorry for your loss. If there is anything I can please don't hesitate to ask.

LISA SOUHRADA (NEWPORT NEWS, VA ) - December 27, 2005

Kay, I am so sorry for your loss and thinking about you. Love, Connie
Connie Laker (Hampton, VA ) - December 27, 2005
Kay and Family, We are so sorry for your loss. Let us know if there is anything we can do. We will keep you all in our prayers for comfort and guidance. God Bless you. Kevin and Family
Kevin & Rashelle Ross (Newport News, VA ) - December 27, 2005
Donnie and Kay,

Although I've not seen Gary in many years, I fondly remember growing up with him, Donnie, and Kay-Kay in Stuart Gardens. My heart goes out to you and your family.
Susie Collier McKown (Hampton, VA ) - December 28, 2005
I am so sorry to hear about Gary. My brother-in-law, W. T., went to school with Gary. He was at my house many times growing up. Gary was like part of our family. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and the whole family
Larry & Jo Ann Kirkland (Harrisburg, NC ) - December 28, 2005
Andy Young (Chesapeake, VA ) - December 28, 2005
Dear Hancock Family,
You are in my prayers and thoughts. May Our God give you comfort at this time of loss. Matthew 5:4 says, "Blessed are those that mourn for they shall be comforted." May His loving arms surround you and give you peace.

I don't remember to much about Gary except I went to Ferguson High with him. I know he was cute.

"For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son,so that anyone who believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16 God bless you.
In Christian Prayer, Janet
Janet Lockstampfor (Newport News, VA ) - December 28, 2005
Lauren & Alan,
My family was so saddened to hear about your dad. We hope that your memories of him will help bring you peace.
I am your mother's cousin that spent summers with her when she came North to visit her grandmother and toured New York City together in our 20s. I have talked to my boys Max (10) and Sam (7) about your Mom. Last night I learned about your dad and I told them about what had happened. They immediately insisted that we adopt you both!
I hope their concern and this story brings a smile to you. Know that if you ever need anything, you have family in Pennsylvania that care.
I know that you will both grow up to be remarkable people, having both of your parents watching over you always.
Peace and love.
Tammy Ferguson (Bethlehem, PA ) - December 30, 2005
Dear Lauren & Alan,

Im your mothers cousin and I just heard about your father. Words cannot express how sorry my family and I are for your loss. I have two boys, Brandon age 11 and Kevin age 9, and they wanted you to know that they are thinking of you. I hope you know and find comfort in the thought that both your parents will be watching over you as your guardian angels. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Judy Kern (Jupiter, FL ) - December 31, 2005
Dear Lauren and Alan and Dryden family. I am sorry for your loss especially at a time of year when the world is celebrating. Be assured that your Dad is at peace and celebrating with your Mom in
God's company. Like my sister Tammy, we looked forward to your Mother's and the Dryden family's vistits each summer when they came to PA. Family is so important especially in times of strife. My heart goes out to you and may God Bless. Frank
Frank Grquinovic (Las Vegas, NV ) - January 1, 2006

   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Gary's friends and family, especially his children, at this time.

  From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 01/22/06:

I am absolutely devastated to hear about Gary Hancock. During    Joe Mooney's visitation (Oct. 2001) Gary walked up to me and said hello to start a conversation. He looked so much like Donnie ('66 - of VA), that's what I called him! With a laugh he corrected me and I laughed in return. We had a nice conversation and he looked great and like Gary as my eyes focused.
We are in the same area and I knew nothing of the terrible news, nothing! That angers me; I should read the local paper more often. Gary was one of the good guys. I know he will be missed. He always seemed to be so happy and always carried a smile on his face. I am truly, truly sorry to hear this sad, sad news.
Take Care!

   Thank you, Wayne Honey.  This one upset me a great deal myself.  I found it difficult to concentrate on much of anything else yesterday. 

   If anyone has knowledge of where his two younger children went to live, I think they've been on the minds of many of us as well.

   I had forgotten I had created a Memorial Page for the Class of 1968.  It's woefully skimpy, but I added Gary there as well, even as we have several people on the Memorial Page for the Class of 1965 who graduated elsewhere.  Some details in life are simply irrelevant.




   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol


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