James “Jim” Hancock, 88, of Woodward died Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in the Clinton Veterans Center.
A memorial service was held Thursday, Aug. 15, in the Billings Funeral Home Chapel with Ed Laird officiating. A private family burial was planned.
James William Hancock was born Feb. 13, 1925, in Poteau to Earl and Ruby (Kinsey) Hancock. Jim was reared in the Poteau area and attended the Poteau schools. He entered the U.S. Navy and served his country for many years during World War II, Vietnam and the Korean Conflict. He obtained Master Chief status while serving on the USS Iowa, USS Renville, USS Gurke, USS Chicago and USS Cayuga. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and many other medals during his service.
Some of the highlights of his military career were being in two movies filmed aboard the USS Cayuga. He also played baseball against the Tokyo Giants with the Navy All-Stars.
On July 6, 1957, in Wichita Falls, Texas, he married the love of his life, Tressie Maurine Whatley. They were blessed with one child, Selena Kaye.
After his military career Jim worked in the oil and gas industry as a salesman.
Jim had many hobbies including baseball, softball and golf. He also enjoyed country music and dancing. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and received his 50-year pin.
He is survived by his wife, Maurine Hancock of Woodward; daughters, Kaye Kurtz and husband Dennis who was very special to Jim of Woodward; Martha McDaniel and husband Bill of Conway, Ark.; four sons, Merle Chapman and wife Debbie of Moore; Jack L. Hancock and wife Sheryl of Vilonia, Ark.; James Carl Hancock of Pollock, Texas, and James Earl Hancock Jackson of Norman; step-daughter, Bobby Johnson and husband Jim of Heavener; five sisters, Nita Chambliss of Austin, Texas; Sue Gould of Midland, Texas; Sondra Howard of Sapulpa; Judy Chandler of Poteau; Linda Horne of Sapulpa; two brothers, Don Robinson and wife, Mary of Midland, Texas, Bob Phillips of Shawnee; grandchildren Jeremy Allison and wife Kori, Jason Allison and wife Niki, Justin Allison and wife Kandice, Jason “Bubba” Kurtz; Jack Hancock and wife Alyson, Nicole Aldridge and husband Drew, Debra Posey and husband Donald, Jaime Jackson and Darrell Jackson; 14 great-grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Jack L. Hancock and Ronnie Phillips.
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