James R. Hancock

October 16, 1923April 23, 2014

James R. Hancock, 90, of Connersville, died Tuesday morning, April 22, 2014, at his residence. Jim was born in Cedar Hill, Tennessee to Christopher C. and Maude Belle Coleman Hancock and graduated from high school there in 1942. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a navigator from 1943 to 1947. Jim attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee on a football scholarship where Bear Bryant was a part of the coaching staff. In 1950, he graduated cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering. Jim was employed at Ford Electronics and its predecessors from 1950 until 1984, beginning at Avco in Nashville, Tennessee. He was a former member of the Kiwanis and was a member of the First United Methodist Church since 1964 where he had been a trustee. Jim was married to the former Margaret A. “Peg” Scott in Austin, Minnesota on March 19, 1949 and they had enjoyed traveling to all of the fifty states. Jim is survived by his wife of 65 years; two children and their spouses: Julie Karian and Jack of Connersville, James Scott Hancock and Cyndy of Austin, Texas; his sister: Donna Garnett and her husband, Walter of Corpus Christi, Texas; three grandchildren: Terra Dunn Salemen of Round Rock, Texas; Robin Broughton and her husband, Jason of Corpus Christi, Texas; Michael Hancock of Dallas, Texas; his great-grandchildren: Mason and Sam Saleman, Karidee and Kelby Broughton, Allee Jackson, Brian Sutton; several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by two brothers: Charles and John Hancock. A Celebration of Life service will be conducted at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 729 Central Avenue, Connersville, Indiana 47331. Showalter Blackwell Long Funeral Home, Myers Chapel, Connersville, is in charge of the arrangements.


  • Celebration of Life Service Saturday, May 17, 2014

James R. Hancock

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Suzy & Bruce Roholt

May 16, 2014

The world has lost a great man. He will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him. Rest in peace, big Jim. Rest in peace.

May 15, 2014

Dear Julie, so sorry to hear about your dad. I remember him as a wonderful, kind man and community leader. He was one of the people that made Connersville a great place to live when we were growing up there. You were so fortunate to have had him as your dad.

Steve & Connie

Debbie Hancock

April 29, 2014

Peggy, Scott & Julie,

So sorry to hear about Uncle Jim. My prayers are with each of you.

Pam Hicks

April 28, 2014

To The Hancock Family,
Just a note to say how honored I was to know Jim and work with him at the plant. He was a real southern gentleman.
My condolences to the family.

Nancy and Buddy Startup

April 27, 2014

Peggy, Julie, Scott, and family,
I just wanted all of you to know how very much I love all of you and how very much I loved Uncle Jim.
I'll always remember his laugh and how funny he was when he would pick at us and joke with us when we were growing up.
All of my family on both sides have always been so special to me and that certainly includes all of y'all and Uncle Jim. Y'all...that's Southern speak for "you guys" in case you've forgotten! :o)
I have so many wonderful childhood memories of growing up with my cousins and aunts and uncles at Granny and Pap Pap's.
I also loved when I got older how much fun it was when the aunts and uncles (Uncle Deacon, Dot, Donna, Willie, Uncle Jim, and Peggy} would get together with Mama and Daddy and share stories about being young and all the interesting and funny things that they would all tell and talk about. I could sit there and listen to those stories for hours.
I want you to know that Uncle Jim's memory will live on in my heart just as it will in each of yours.
You're all in my thoughts and prayers.
Much love,
Cousin Nancy

Pamela Ailes Muench

April 25, 2014

Dearest Julie,
You are close in my heart and in my prayers during this time of great loss as you say goodbye to your father. Praying that you will be comforted and uplifted through the prayers of others and the love of family and friends. God bless.
Pam Ailes Muench
Class of 68