Pascal Edward “Bud” Hancock, 84, of Jacksonville went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, December 18, 2015. He was born to the late Jake Austin Hancock and Juanita Grace King Hancock on December 30, 1930 in Straw Plains, Tennessee. He is preceded in death by his sister, Opal, and is survived by his brothers Leonard and Chandler of Knoxville, Tennessee. Bud graduated from the University of Tennessee and received an Air Force commission. Following navigation training he was assigned to fly transport planes in Charleston Air Force Base in South Carolina. It was there he met and married the love of his life, Nancy.
His military career included ROTC college instruction at Coe College, Iowa, 2 tours of service in Vietnam (where awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross), covert flight operations at Wiesbaden Air Force Base, Germany; while stationed in Germany, Bud received a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from USC. After transfer, Bud became an Air Operations Navigation Officer at Little Rock AFB.
Upon his Air Force retirement, Bud became a successful Real Estate Broker, while serving as a part time Business & History professor for USC satellite school. Bud faithfully served the Lord as a founding elder & teacher in two churches. He served (together with his wife) with various missions organizations including Teen Missions International and Child Evangelism Fellowship.
Bud professed a strong Christian faith to all those around him, joyfully lived and faithfully loved his wife, Nancy Phyllis Dunn, and left a fun-loving and godly legacy to his children Nancy Kathleen Oaks (Michael) of Maryville, Tennessee; John Edward (Beth) of Gilbert, Arizona; Karen Grace Harris (John) of Round Hill, Virginia; Mary Christine Hoffman (David) of Chattanooga, Tennessee; and Mark Andrew of New York. He deeply loved his grandchildren, Melanie Holdridge (Brian), Rachael McMichael (Jeff), Jacob Holt, Rebekah Oaks; Brendan, Elisabeth, and Jonathan Harris; Michael, Anna, Sarah, Leah, and Olivia Hoffman. He loved unconditionally, was loved by all, and was a hero of the faith.
“‘Behold I make all things new.” Rev 21:5
Bud’s family is grateful and humble toward all who have loved him. In lieu of flowers, donations to the following organizations would be appreciated:
Distinguished Flying Cross Society
Wounded Warrior Project
E.B.A.C. Orphanage in Haiti
Missionary Flights International
Child Evangelism Fellowship of Arkansas
Arkansas Alzheimer’s Association
Visitation will be held Tuesday December 22 from 6 until 8 pm in the chapel at A Natural State Funeral Service 2620 West Main Street in Jacksonville. Funeral Service will be at 10 am Wednesday December 23 at Faith Bible Fellowship in Sherwood with Cremation arrangements to follow. www.anaturalstatefuneralservice.com