OBITUARY

Ophelia H. Hancock

September 2, 1931December 25, 2020

Ophelia Holton Hancock, age 89, died Friday morning in Macon, Georgia. Funeral services and interment will be held on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Macon Memorial Park Cemetery with the Rev. Norman Carter officiating. The service is open for public attendance, but mask and social distancing are required. The service may be viewed live by visiting www.facebook.com/snowsmemorial. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pine Forest Baptist Church, 1848 Tucker Road, Macon GA 31220 or John Wesley Villas, 5471 Thomaston Road, Macon GA 31220.

Mrs. Hancock was born in Mitchell County to the late Wesley Lee Holton and Ethel Miranda Shiver. She was a member of the Ruth Sunday School Class at Pine Forest Baptist Church in Macon, where she and Jerry, her husband of 52 years, led their family to God. She faithfully carried the love of Christ into her home, work and community.

After graduating valedictorian of her high school class, she completed degrees from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Georgia College and State University, Mercer University, and the University of Georgia. During her thirty-one years as an educator, she taught elementary and high school in Georgia and with the American Dependent Schools in Okinawa, Japan. She taught Developmental Studies Reading for twenty-three years at Macon State College where she was Associate Professor Emerita. She was author of seven editions of the college text Reading Skills for College Students.

She enjoyed living at John Wesley Villas in Macon where she had many friends. She is survived by her sister, Eunice Holton; daughter, Celina Sutton (Johnny); son, Darryl Hancock (Laura); four granddaughters, Caroline Walker (Jarvis) Catherine Hancock, Emily Hancock, and Rebecca Hancock; and two great grandchildren, Carter and Sophia.

She was a loving wife and mother, dedicated teacher, gifted author, and an exemplary homemaker. She will be remembered for her deep love for her family, Christian faith, and the wonderful connections she made with everyone who knew her.

Visit www.snowsmacon.com to express condolences. Snow’s Memorial Chapel, Pio Nono has charge of arrangements.

  • FAMILY

  • She is survived by her sister, Eunice Holton; daughter, Celina Sutton (Johnny); son, Darryl Hancock (Laura); four granddaughters, Caroline Walker (Jarvis) Catherine Hancock, Emily Hancock, and Rebecca Hancock; and two great grandchildren, Carter and Sophia.
  • DONATIONS

  • Pine Forest Baptist Church
  • John Wesley Villas

Services

  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, December 29, 2020

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Larry Fennelly

December 28, 2020

Ophelia was truly one of the most extraordinary people whom I have known in my 77 years. I did not suspect it at the time, but the day that I walked into her hospital room was destined to become one of the red-letter days of my life. We first met in 1973 when she was in traction in the Medical Center, having been gravely injured in the line of duty. Her first question was, "Can I have my job back when I get out of here?" Less than a year later she stood in the doorway of the office, proclaiming that she was ready.
Ophelia was not only brave and determined, as a teacher she was inspiring, committed and compassionate. She shaped the lives of thousands, and inspired her fellows. She was quiet and of modest demeanor, so that casual acquaintances would not suspect that they were in the presence of one of Prentice-Hall's best-selling authors.
Most of all, Ophelia was a wonderful human being. Macon State College has gone on to become Middle Georgia State University, and it is the talent and work ethic of the Ophelia Hancocks of the world that laid the foundation of this success. I feel so honored to have been her colleague for so many joyful years.

Renee Heath

December 28, 2020

Ms. Ophelia was a ray of sunshine every Sunday morning at John Wesley Villas. She brought peace and hope to all of us at the 9:45am worship service. I will miss her so very much. As I sit here shaking my head in disbelief that she has gone to heaven, Ms. Ophelia is praising Jesus and being reunited with family and friends that have gone on before. Ms. Ophelia deserves heaven.

CHARLIE CLOANINGER

December 28, 2020

FAMILY OF OPHELIA HANCOCK --
I WANTED TO EXPRESS MY PERSONAL CONDOLENCES TO YOUR FAMILY RELAT ED TO THE PASSING AWAY OF YOUR BELOVED, OPHELIA. SHE AND I SERVED MANY YEARS TOGETHER AT MACON STATE COLLEGE. SHE WAS A UNIQUELY
TALENTED INDIVIDUAL WITH THE GIFT OF 'TEACHING READING SKILLS' TO MANY OF OUR STUDENTS @ MSC.
PLEASE KNOW YOUR BELOVED FAMILY MEMBER MADE THE
WORLD A BETTER PLACE DURING HER LONG LIFE ON THIS EARTH. MAY SHE REST IN ETERNAL PEACE!
WARMEST REGARDS -- CHARLIE E. CLOANINGER, PH.D
VP-STUDENT AFFAIRS -MSC-
(1970-1998)
(1439 Old Forsyth Rd., Macon, GA 31210)

George King

December 28, 2020

I met Ophelia in January of this year while my wife was at John Wesley recovering from surgery. We were only there 3 months but in that short time Ophelia made a lasting place in my heart. Her beautiful smile would win over anyone. John Wesley has lost a beautiful person but God has a beautiful new angel.

Pat & Gary Yeomans

December 27, 2020

Miss Ophelia was such a sweet person.She and my mom Mary Fussell were best buddies at John Wesley. Mom and I called Miss Ophelia moms guardian angel. She would make sure mom was o.k.. My granddaughter Carlyn loved to visit with Miss Ophelia.She would always take her candy turtles and visit with her. We are gonna miss her. Rest in peace

Pamela Arlov

December 27, 2020

Celina and Darryl,
My deepest sympathy on the loss of your wonderful mother.
Ophelia was a dear friend and was a mentor to me when we worked at Macon State College together. Sitting in her office and chatting with her always made my day a little better. She was modest about her many accomplishments--I had no idea until I read her obituary that she was valedictorian of her high school class.
I will miss her.
Love to both of you.
Pam

Jessica Spradlin

December 27, 2020

Ms. Ophelia, Ms. Dorothy and my grandmother Lounette Barlow were 3 peas in a pod. Ms. Ophelia was such a kind and loving soul. My kids would go around and visit them everytime we came ❤ There is a hand painted rock in her room from my daughter..Prayers for your family during this difficult time a little peice of our heart is now in heaven ❤

Susan Peeples

December 26, 2020

My Mom, Dorothy Reynolds, with her best friend, Ms. Ophelia.

Susan Peeples

December 26, 2020

“Ms. Ophelia”, as I liked to call her, was my mother’s (Dorothy Reynolds) best friend at John Wesley. They were a team for sure! They enjoyed many hours of laughter together, and maybe even a little gossip and mischief. I will miss seeing Ms. Ophelia on my visits to JW. Things will not be the same for my Mother without her, she will be missed terribly. She was a wonderful, sweet, and kind lady! Condolences to the family!

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