Joe I. Hancock, Jr. of Forest Hill, M.D. passed away August 12th at the age of 73 after a brave battle with leukemia.
Born in Goose Creek, NC. Joe was the son of the late Joseph and Mattie (Price) Hancock. Joe is survived by his wife of 45 years JoAnn (Freeman) Hancock of MD, his children Maria and Mike Hourigan of NY, Matthew and Emily Hancock of MD, and Mark Hancock of MD; his four grandchildren; and his brother Roy Hancock of NC. He was preceded in death by his brother, Bobby Hancock, and sister, Janice Garver.
Joe proudly served his country during the Vietnam War and for years after in the Army, then the National Guard from 1965–1980. His favorite hobbies were airplanes, computers, playing the guitar, and watching his alma mater - the UNC Tarheels - play basketball. But Joe's greatest pride and joy were his children and grandchildren.
To know Joe was to know God, and though he will be missed desperately, we know he was at peace and ready to meet his Heavenly Father.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Joe's name to the USO in support of our troops, or to the Hooper Hospice House where Joe received the most amazing care in his final days.