Rev. John “Pud” Melvin Hancock, age 95, of San Tan Valley, Arizona, formerly of Harrisburg, passed away at 3:30 AM, Wednesday, August 21, 2019.
Rev. Hancock was born on March 9, 1924, in Ledford, to the late, Raymond and Mabel (Noel) Hancock. On June 24, 1945 he married Lorene Lucille Reynolds and she preceded him in death on April 28, 2015. Rev. Hancock served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a prisoner of war from November 24, 1944 until March 27, 1945. He was a member of the National League of POW/MIA Families, Illinois POWs, AmVets, Harrisburg American Legion and the Carrier Mills Senior Citizens Club where he served as Vice-President. He was a member of Spring Valley Church and pastored several local churches. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.
Rev. Hancock is survived by two sons; Roger Dale Hancock of Russellville, Alabama and John David Hancock and wife, Rondi of San Tan Valley, Arizona; seven grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
In addition to his wife and parents, Rev. Hancock was preceded in death by his daughter-in-law, Brenda Hancock; brother, James D. Hancock; sister, Ruby Selberg; sister, Louise Kimmell and sister, Pauline Duncan.
Funeral services will be held at 11 AM, Friday, August 30, 2019 at Spring Valley Church. Rev. Jerry Wells and Rev. Travis Butler will officiate. Burial will follow in Spring Valley Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 PM to 8 PM, Thursday, August 29, 2019 at Reed Funeral Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to Spring Valley Church and envelopes will be available at the funeral home.