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A funeral service for Linda Hancock, age 74, of Jacksonville, is scheduled at 2 o'clock in the afternoon Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Jacksonville with Rev. Jacob Fitzgerald officiating. She will be laid to rest in Still Waters Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Hancock passed away Friday, February 3, 2017 in Tyler.
Linda was born September 2, 1942 in Jacksonville. She graduated from TCU with her Bachelor's degree in 1964. She later graduated with her Master's in education from SFA and taught for 28 years.
Linda was active in the Red Hat Society of Jacksonville. She enjoyed spending time with her sons and their families. Throughout her years of teaching, she touched countless lives and shaped many futures. She was loved and respected by all who knew her. Linda will be remembered for her zest for life and unique sense of humor. She was gifted with a joyous laugh, a beautiful smile and a heart of gold.
She was as a member of Central Baptist Church in Jacksonville.
Linda was preceded in death by her parents, Merle and Mary (Hammons) Jowell.
Left to cherish her memory is her husband, Gayle Hancock of Jacksonville; sons, Jowell Hancock and wife Tammy, Chad Hancock and wife Deana, all of Rusk; sister-in-law, Janis Keith and husband Harold of Carbon, TX. She is also survived by her six grandchildren Heath, Hunter, Haley Hancock, Andrew Ryan Montgomery, Sarah Hancock and Hannah Hancock.
Much time was spent with long phone calls to special friends: Shine Chancellor, Ann Womack, Linda Bollinger and Carolyn Newby.
Pallbearers are Heath Hancock, Hunter Hancock, Jerry Hammons, Tommy Hammons, Chris Hammons and Andrew Montgomery.
We will miss momma's long stories, wisdom, love and closing line "That's all I know about that."
Visitation will begin on Monday, February 6, 2017 and friends are cordially invited to visit with Linda's family from 5 to 7 o'clock in the evening at Autry Funeral Home, Jacksonville.
Published on February 7, 2017
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