John Douglas Hancock was born the son of Walter O. and Stella B. Hancock on a farm in the Joy community of Smith County on Oct. 10, 1927, his father’s birthday. He attended Sabine High School and graduating from Gilmer High School. Mr. Hancock was the last person in Upshur County to be drafted into World War II, where he served our country as a sergeant in the U.S. Army.
J.D. attended Kilgore College and earned his baccalaureate degree in public accounting from the University of Texas in Austin. While in Austin, he was a member of the Delta Sigma Phi Social Fraternity.
Mr. Hancock worked for Texas Eastman and Bell Helicopter before he became an accountant in 1954 for the Robert M. Bass Drilling Company. Following his ambition and passion for serving people, in the early 1960s J.D. established his CPA practice in Kilgore and expanded his practice into Longview before retiring in 2001. He enjoyed sharing his skills by teaching accounting at Kilgore College and was a past president of the East Texas Chapter of the Texas Society of CPAs.
The Hancocks joined St. Luke’s United Methodist Church shortly after they married, where J.D. was a past trustee, serving as a treasurer and chairman of the Board. He was a member, and at times, the teacher of the Edith McDavid Sunday School Class. He served as vice chairman of the finance team, the pastor-parish team and the mission team. Mr. Hancock was a longtime member of the United Methodist Foundation, Texas Annual Conference, Houston, and he was the original chairman of the St. Luke’s Endowment Fund. He participated in Methodist Men and Hilltoppers.
Mr. Hancock served as a member and past president of Kilgore Independent School District Board of Trustees, the Kilgore Lions Club, the Kilgore Jaycees, the Kilgore Community Chest and the Kilgore Chamber of Commerce, as well as serving on the board of the Salvation Army in Longview. He was a longtime supporter of the Boy Scouts, earning the Silver Beaver Award and serving more than 30 years on the Council of the East Texas Boy Scouts. Mr. Hancock was a 50-year member of the Danville Masonic Lodge and the Sharon Shrine Temple.
J.D. is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jo Hancock, of Kilgore; son, Doug Hancock, of Kilgore; daughter, Sarah Hancock, of Dallas; son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Jan Hancock, of Tyler; three grandchildren, Parker Hancock, of Nashville, Tenn., Bryson Hancock, of Austin, Hillary Hancock, of Fort Worth; sister, Martha Whitaker, of Carthage; in-laws, Charles Weger, of Hideaway Lake, Edna Weger, of Tulsa, Okla.; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Edward Hancock and George Beene.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Scholarship Fund, 401 Main Street, Kilgore, 75662.
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