January 1, 1933 – December 23, 2011 In Loving Memory.
James Richard Hancock,78, a native of Rienzi, Mississippi and a long time resident of Spanish Fort, Alabama passed away Friday, December 23, 2011.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Joanne Sims Hancock, his daughter, Cynthia Young (Jim) and son, Thomas Hancock (Rebecca), his granddaughter, Stephanie Prescott (Andrew), step grandson, Eddie Nash (Heather).
Jim proudly served in the U. S. Army as a guided missile instructor at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas during the Korean War.
Jim received a B.S. Degree in Business Administration from the University of North Alabama and was named UNA Alumnus of the year in 1980. He held graduate certificates from the American Institute of Banking, as well.
His banking career began in 1960 at First Natl. Bank of Mobile before joining First Natl. Bank of Fairhope in 1971. He was an officer of the bank, serving in Fairhope and the Spanish Fort Branch (now Compass Bank)
As a member of the Spanish Fort Civitan Club in the 70 and 80’s, Jim helped raise funds to build Spanish Fort Civitan Ball Park. He was Trustee for Spanish Fort and Daphne Middle Schools for many years. As a member of the Mobile Jaycees, he served on various committees, including the National Junior Achievement Program. Jim was a volunteer instructor with the Mobile Literacy program for a time and was a volunteer fireman for the Spanish Fort Fire Department in the 60’s.
Jim served as Deacon, clerk, treasurer and on various committees within Baptist churches during his lifetime.
The family is deeply appreciative of the care he received from the doctors and staff at the Fairhope Dialysis Center and his family doctor of many years, Dr. Henry Davis.
A memorial service will be held at East Pointe Baptist Church Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at 2:00. The family will receive guests following the service in the fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to a church or charity of choice.