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LAKELAND - Dr. John J. Hancock, age 85, passed away from heart failure Wednesday, July 9, 2014 in Lakeland.
Born December 17, 1928 in Montgomery, WV, he was the son of the late George M. and Catherine Hancock. He was a reporter and editor for the Charleston, WV, Daily Mail. Ordained as an elder in the Church of the Nazarene, he served churches in WV, IL, and FL for more than 50 years. He was elected president of the General Nazarene Youth International, served on the denomination's General Board and as Superintendent of the Illinois District.
Dr. Hancock was preceded in death by his wife Venita and is survived by a loving family that includes three sons, Pastor J. Jerome Hancock, Jr. (Brenda) of Richmond, VA, Pastor Michael M. Hancock (Becky) of Nashville, TN, Pastor Timothy B. Hancock (JoAnne) of Winter Haven, two daughters, Brooksie Smith (Pastor Dave) of Lakeland, and Catherine Lingle (Michael) of Avon, IN, a sister, Patricia Dye, of Jacksonville, nine grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren.
The family will receive friends Monday, July 14, 6-8 PM at Lakeland Highland Park Nazarene Church. The celebration service will be held 11 AM, Tuesday, July 15, at the church.
Condolences may be made to the family at
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in his name to the
"World Evangelism Fund" through any local Nazarene Church.


Funeral Home
Whidden-McLean Funeral Home - Bartow
650 E. Main Street
Bartow, FL 33830
Published in Ledger from July 13 to July 14, 2014
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