William "Billy" Franklin Hancock

July 23, 1937March 8, 2020

William "Billy" Franklin Hancock, age 82, husband of Mary Quinn Hancock, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 8, 2020 surrounded by his family.

Born in Rockingham, NC, he was a son of the late Howard Taft Hancock and Ada Beatrice Dunn Hancock. Mr. Hancock was the owner of APT, Inc. and was a representative of the Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association. Mr. Hancock was a long-time member of First Nazarene Church where he formerly was Treasurer. He also attended Stanley Pentecostal Holiness Church. He loved working outside in the yard and buying cars.

In addition to his wife of 62 years, he is survived by a daughter, Denise Sheets-Walker (Richard); three grandchildren, Jessica Reep (Haiden Alshukoor), Meredith Reep (Michael Carpenter), and Lindsey Sheets (Jordan Grippe); and a sister, Faye Gordan. He was predeceased by one daughter, Jatana Quinn Hancock; and four siblings, Bobby Hancock, Gene Hancock, Libby Crump, and Ruby Nettles.

Services have been postponed until a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Gaston Humane Society, P.O. Box 2334, Gastonia, NC 28053 or to Stanley Pentecostal Holiness Church Prime Timers, 113 E Parkwood Street, Stanley, NC 28164.


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LaVerne Williams

March 14, 2020

Quinn, so sorry to hear of Bill's passing.
I remember our days at First Church and quartet practice with you, Bill, Nelson and myself. When Nelson and I were engaged and were checking out apartments, we came to see yours and Bill's. Good memories.
Try to remember the good times.
Love, LaVerne

Debbie Cherry

March 13, 2020

Wow I can remember so many. I can remember when I use to have sleep overs with Jatana we would spy on him and we would hide. Then we would get in trouble for running in the house. Denise never seemed to get in trouble only us lol. I always loved going over to the Hancocks house. I guess if I could choose a memory that I will never was when Jatana just got her license and we were candy stripers at the hospital, she got to drive the sky blue car and when we was on Independence Blvd Jatana went through a yellow light and cut through a gas station to turn around and the police caught her. We was so scared and we were both in tears. Well when she got home she didn’t want to tell her dad so she tried to beg her parents to let her spend the night with me so she could think of an excuse to tell them. Well her dad said no and boy did she get in trouble. Needless to say that ended her driving with me for a while. I will always cherish the fun memories I had with the family. I know Jatana welcomed her daddy home and they are catching up. I love you all and I am very sorry for your loss. Thank you Mr Hancock for many years of memories 💙