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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.
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 www.parklawn-woodfh.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N Armistead Ave., Hampton, VA 23666. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.

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Published in Daily Press from Nov. 20 to Nov. 21, 2011.
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December 17, 2011
Great Buddy;Wonderful memories,Wade will be a loss to anyone he knew.
Jim Shipp
November 22, 2011
I was so sorry to hear about Wade's passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Theo Dennison
November 21, 2011
Very sorry to hear about Wade's passing. Enjoyed spending time with him and all his stories. I will raise a toast to you my friend!
Rob Fowler
November 21, 2011
Sorry to hear about the loss of your father. I know this is a difficult time and hope that your memories will help.
Melissa Love
November 21, 2011
Wade was a long time friend remember him from the days he and my uncle were good friends ( Bucky Keller) had a lot of fun with him at my beach house in buckroe.He will truly be missed, my thoughts prayers are with the family.
Buddy Hollowell
November 20, 2011
So sorry to learn of the passing of my friend, Wade E. Hancock. We were Basketball Managers together for several years at Newport News High School, and also served in the same Fire Team, Rifle Platoon, of the 97th Rifle Company, United States Marine Corps Reserve, Newport News, VA.
Wade had to do the heavy lifting for our Fire Team, since he was the Browning Automatic Rifleman. We had a Reunion of the 97th Rifle Company last month, and when I called Wade at his home in Hampton, VA he assured me he would attend the Reunion, so we could catch up after all these years.
Wade was a gentleman, and gracious and generous. He would give me a ride home after basketball practices and games, and always gave me good advise, and with a lot of humor.
Joseph Madagan
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 condolescences are with you all.
Barbara (Small) Herb
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.
Mary and Page Begor
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 him always being around. We would fold towels together he was always quiet, but he could be funny. Wade had left a lasting impression with me and I am saddened to here of his loss. May God Bless you all and give you strength during this time.
Theresa Mudd
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.

Hampton, Va.
Edna Black-Whittemore
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
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
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
Linda Coltes
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