Rossie Hancock



Rossie Anne Hancock, 86, went to be with her Heavenly Father in her forever home on April 13, 2018.
She was born January 10, 1932 to Beatrice and Columbus Hancock, Sr. in a small home on the corner of Railroad and Court Streets, at a time when most of the roads in Jacksonville were not yet paved. Rossie grew up in an era and a Jacksonville vastly different from today. Jacksonville was a little country town where her father was a local barber and her mother was a sweet homemaker.

She often shared fond childhood memories of being raised in Jacksonville. Rossie Anne would speak of walking down a sandy path to church on Sunday mornings and having shoes full of sand by the time she reached the church house. She remembered being baptized by Rev. Grady Burgess as a child in the 1940s. Rossie could vividly recall how, at the age of 9 years old, she saw Jacksonville change forever as it welcomed Camp LeJeune.

In 1949 Rossie graduated early from Jacksonville High School. The following year she began working at what would be her life’s career, Carolina Telephone & Telegraph Company, located on New Bridge Street. Her career with them spanned 36 years before she retired in 1986.

Rossie was a strong woman of faith and dearly loved her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Her dedication to sharing His good news was lived out through her faithful lifelong service to her church and Sunday School classes at First Baptist Church. She also loved her Fellowship of Friendly Adults (FFA) and helped lead those fun gatherings for over 19 years. Rossie worked with her church Prayer Shawl Group knitting, crocheting and praying over prayer shawls and lap blankets made with love for sickly and shut-in members of the community.

Rossie was an avid gardener and a member of a local garden club for many years. She shared her “green thumb gift” with family and friends. Many are the family gardens that boast beautiful perennial flowers she grew and shared with love.

Leaving behind to cherish her memory are Rossie’s sister (in-law) Peggy W. Hancock; nephew Chris “Sonny” Hancock (Susan) of Matthews, NC; nieces Sheila Troup (Allen) of Jacksonville; Joyce Teeter (David) of Jacksonville; great nephews Bryan Hancock; David Teeter, Jr. (fiance’ Jessica); Jonathan Teeter (Karissa); Christopher Teeter (fiance’ Heather); great niece Amber Troup (Kris), great-great nieces Addison and Kinsley Teeter; great-great nephews Bradley and Aaron Jackson. Also, to cherish Rossie’s memory is her dear friend Doris Brown whom she loved like a sister.

Visitation will be held at Jones Funeral Home on Sunday April 15th from 6:00-8:00 pm. A celebration of Rossie’s life will be held at Jones Funeral Home on Monday April 16th at 2:00 pm with internment following at Jacksonville City Cemetery. 1 Peter 3:17.

In lieu of flowers, it was Rossie’s request that donations be made to Continuum Home Health and Hospice in her memory. Rossie’s family would like to thank all of her caregivers from Continuum and her household companion Toi from Friendly Caregivers for the excellent loving care she received.