CARTERVILLE - Change of Address: Robert R. Hancock moved to his heavenly home Monday, Dec. 5, 2013. "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. And now the prize awaits me - the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me on the day of His return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to His ap-pearing." II Timothy 4:7-8.
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Bob was born in Herrin, in 1928, son of Walter and Pearl Hancock. His surviving sister, Carolyn Hodge, resides in Mount Vernon. He was a military veteran and served in the Navy during the Korean War.
Bob was married in 1950, to Donna Swain of Carbondale until her death in 2006. To this union were born, Nancy who, with her hus-band, David, resides in Ely, Iowa; Jane lives in Winter Garden, Fla., with her husband, Richard; Linda who, with her husband, Adam, resides in Atlanta, Ill.; and Pastor Michael Hancock, who makes his home in Fredericksburg, Va., with P.J., his wife. Bob's legacy in-cludes nine grandchildren and one great-grandson, namesake Robert. Bob is also survived by his wife, Linda (Crain) Hancock of Carter-ville, who cared for him tenderly until his death. Linda is the mother of Jodie, who lives with her husband, Tony in Carterville, and Jer-emy who resides in Carbondale.
Dr. Hancock was an educator. He was awarded his doctoral degree in mathematics from University of Illinois. For more than three dec-ades he taught as a professor at Eastern Illinois University. He was also a math teacher and football coach in Herrin and Du Quoin in his early career.
Of greatest importance to him was being a servant of God. He pastored congregations in Pleasant Grove, Grand Avenue, and Boskydell Baptist churches. In every way the teacher, his lifelong purpose was helping people learn to know and love God.
A memorial service to honor Bob will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, in Riggin-Pillatsch Funeral Home in Carterville, with Pastor Stephen Combs officiating. Visitation will be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Monday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or to Boskydell Baptist Church. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
To view this obituary and sign the guest register, visit www.rigginpillatschburkefh.com.
Published in The Southern Illinoisan from Dec. 7 to Dec. 8, 2013