Arthur Dayle Hancock, Sr., 84, of Altus, passed away Wednesday morning, April 30, 2014, at Plantation Village Assisted Living in Altus.
Mr. Hancock was born in Wilson, Kan. on May 27, 1929, to Floyd Arthur and Gladys (McCaddon) Hancock. After leaving high school Arthur traveled with the Kelly Miller Circus until joining the United States Army in 1947. On Sept. 26, 1949, he married the love of his life, Vera Jean Pickens, and they spent the next 64 years together before his death. They established their first home in Wichita, Kan. where he had several jobs in order to care for his family. In 1957, the family moved to Oklahoma City where Arthur worked for Admiral Electric until he joined Tinker Air Force Base in 1965. Arthur and Vera purchased land in Chandler in 1973 and built their home together, sharing many special occasions throughout the years with family and friends. After retiring in 1990, he and Vera began traveling with the Carson & Barnes Circus. After several years of traveling, he served as a reserve deputy for several years in Lincoln County. In 2009, they moved to Choctaw to be near their daughter, and later moved to Altus in 2012 to be near their granddaughter Tanessa and her family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Virginia Nitti and Donna Spencer.
He is survived by his wife Vera of the home; three children, Dr. Arthur Dayle Hancock, Jr. and wife Donna of Williamsburg, Va., Timothy Lee Hancock of Tucson, Ariz., and Victoria Jean Guinn and husband Ron of Choctaw; four grandchildren, Tracy Hancock of Virginia, Laura Hancock of Virginia, Tanessa Dale Furfey and husband Matt of Altus, and Zachary Garriott of Choctaw; four great-grandchildren, Joshua Hancock of Virginia, Victoria Grace Furfey of Altus, Matthew Dale Furfey of Altus, and Kasen Lynn Garriott of Alabaster, Ala.; along with many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday at Lowell-Tims Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Erin Martinez officiating. Online tributes may be made to the family at www.Lowell-Tims.com
For family and friends not able to attend the service, Lowell-Tims will provide a live web-cast of the service beginning at 1:58 p.m. Friday. Go to www.Lowell-Tims.com and click on obituaries. Then click on Arthur Hancock. There will be a large button inviting you to join the web-cast.
In lieu of flowers the family suggest memorials be made to the American Cancer Foundation, the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation or taking your family to the Carson & Barnes Circus on Sunday, in memory of Arthur Hancock.