Bessie Jean Hancock

January 2, 1938August 3, 2018
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Bessie Jean Hancock, 80, of Princess Anne devoted wife, mother, and grandmother was ushered into the Kingdom of Heaven at 8:01 am on August 3, 2018. She was born on January 2, 1938 to the late Carrie James and Herman Lester Sullivan in Salisbury, MD. Her pride and joy were her four grandchildren, Dale Hancock, Jessica Peek, and Evan and Emily Tamosaitis who were by her side as she made her Heavenly journey. Her only child Kimberly Tamosaitis (Mark) was by her side and cared for her during her third courageous battle with cancer. She was preceded in death by the love of her life, James Hancock; three sisters and their spouses, Anna Brittingham (Sonny), Doris Baker (Pete), and Esther Whayland (Ronald); two brothers, Charles Sullivan and Walter Sullivan (Martha, Edna) and a brother-in-law, Billy Meadows. She is survived by two remaining sisters, Ruth Messick (Floyd) and Faye Weis (Jack) and many nieces and nephews who she loved as her own. A funeral service will be held Tuesday at 11am at Bounds Funeral Home on East Main Street in Salisbury where friends may visit one hour prior to the service. Rev. Mark Avens will officiate. Interment will follow in Wicomico Memorial Park. Visit to send letters of condolence.


  • Carrie James Hearn Sullivan, Mother
  • Herman Lester Sullivan, Father
  • James Hancock, Husband
  • Kimberly Tamosaitis & Mark, Daughter
  • Dale Hancock, Grandson
  • Jessica Peek, Granddaughter
  • Evan Tamosaitis, Grandson
  • Emily Tamosaitis, Granddaughter
  • Ruth Messick & Floyd, Sister
  • Faye Weis & Jack, Sister
  • Anna Brittingham & Sonny, Sister
  • Doris Baker & Pete, Sister
  • Esther Whayland & Ronald, Sister
  • Charles Sullivan, Brother
  • Walter Sullivan & Martha, Edna, Brother
  • Billy Meadows, Brother-in-law

  • Mark Tamosaitis
  • Dale Hancock
  • Evan Tamosaitis
  • Kyle Vestal
  • Ronald Whayland
  • Kip Sterling


  • Visitation Tuesday, August 7, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, August 7, 2018

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Brenda Rufer

August 7, 2018

Aunt Bessie, I know your so glad there are no telephones in heaven because I'd be ringing that phone right off the hook. I can hear you saying " Lord don't answer that phone I know its Brenda so please let me rest!!"
I will never forget all the conversations we had Aunt Bessie. I will never regret calling you every day for 4 years, (you said 11 years and you were probably right because you always had a great memory), either way I'll always cherish every conversation as long as I live.
Thank you so much for taking me under your wing when I lost my precious mother in 2014 and loving me as your own. That was the toughest time of my life but you got me thru it. You were my rock and my strength and you will never know how much that meant to me but God does. I hope now he will tell you for me.
I'm deeply saddened that you had to leave us but know I will get thru this too because you told me I would. I will continue to talk to you daily and know you will be listening. This is not good bye and was never intended to be because I will see you in heaven some day. Now when I get there I know it wouldn't be you if you don't say something funny like " Oh no she made it"
I love you Aunt Bessie and we'll talk again and pick up where we left off!!
Love, Brenda

Dale Hancock

August 6, 2018

You believed in me even when I did not believe in myself, you supported me even when I felt I did not deserve it, you loved me even when I could not love myself. I was not always able to tell you, but whereever you are now, know that I will always love you. You may be gone, but you will never be forgotten. Rest in peace, Mom-Mom.

Emily Tamosaitis

August 6, 2018

I remember when you used to tell me stories like the time you took care of a mama bat with a baby in its wing or the time you pet a wild hawk on our balcony. I won’t ever forget those stories just like I’ll never forget you. I love you Mom-Mom and I can’t wait to see you again in Heaven.

Jessica Peek

August 6, 2018

Mommom, you were my absolute superhero and most importantly my bestest friend. I was your hell on wheels grandchild. You used to always write me angry letters anytime I did something you didn't like and then would rip them up before you gave them to me. I used to always lose everything and anytime I asked you where anything of mine was you had it tucked away in a drawer in your bedroom. You were my absolute comfort during nursing school, and everytime I came home from a nursing exam I used to sit quietly with you In your bedroom waiting for my grade worrying myself to death, but not once did you ever worry because deep down you knew I would pull through and sure enough I did. I don't know how I'm ever supposed to live life without you, but I know you'll always be watching over me and probably sassing me while you do it. I love you, and I'm gonna miss you something terrible.

Penny White

August 5, 2018

Aunt Bessie, was a sassy lady with dry humor,
but underneath she had a sweet, loving and caring spirit. She wouldn't hurt a fly, literally, she would put them back outdoors! I remember as a young girl visiting Aunt Bessie and Uncle Jimmy quite often. We had such good times , with Uncle Jimmy playing the guitar and singing while mom and dad danced in the kitchen. They were the good old days, or at least we thought so. Aunt Bessie did alot for her family and I believe she has received her reward! Love you!

Rusty Baker

August 4, 2018

My Aunt could always find a way to brighten your day if you were having a bad day with her humor. I never saw her without a smile. Love you. Go Rest High On That Mountain.

Kim Tamosaitis

August 4, 2018

She was my hero, my strength, my rock, my best friend and the reason I am who I am today but most of all she was my Mom. I’m not sure how I am supposed to go on without you but I know I can because you taught me “in this life when things are tough you hold tight to the people you love and know that I will always be as close as your heart ❤️ “
Love you always Mom.



She was born on January 2, 1938 to the late Carrie James and Herman Lester Sullivan in Salisbury, MD.
Her pride and joy were her four grandchildren, Dale Hancock, Jessica Peek, and Evan and Emily Tamosaitis.