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July 13, 2022 - 00:00
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John “Johnny” Elbert Hancock, 86, went to be with the Lord Thursday, July 7 at his Cat Spring home surrounded by his family.

Johnny dedicated his life to education, his family, and good stewardship of his livestock and land.

For his family, Johnny was a wealth of love, knowledge and wisdom… and lots of life lessons! Whether as a husband, father or father figure, he was the best. As a grandfather, great-grandfather and great great-grandfather he was a blessing!

He earned degrees from University of Houston, Sam Houston State University, and Prairie View A&M. He spent many years as an educator and vocational director. His leadership, teaching and wisdom expanded educational opportunities for 30-plus years in the Fort Bend and Katy School Districts. His contributions touched the lives of more people and generations than we will ever realize.

Johnny took great pride in his livestock, his land, and his hay fields. Well into his 80s, he attended CEU workshops, keeping up his credits and licenses, so he could take care of all that needed to be done.

Johnny leaves a wonderful legacy of love, wisdom, and service. He will be greatly missed.

Johnny was born May 1, 1936 to parents JD and Willie Pearl (Hunt) Hancock in Houston.

He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Patsy Jo (Hale-Friedrichs) Hancock of Cat Spring; sister Charlotte (David) Walkowski of Conroe; sons and daughter JP (and Bernadette) Hancock of Brenham; Wesley Ray (and Stephanie) Hancock of Caldwell; Ronda LeAnn (and Peter) Arnett of Bryan; Dean Ryan Hancock (and Marco Abdelsayed) of Somerset, NJ; stepsons and stepdaughter Larry C (and Beth) Friedrichs of Decatur, AL; Jan (and Dr. Jason) Kolodjski of Houston; Dr. Kam (“Bo”) Friedrichs of Navasota; grandchildren Krystal Wellmann of Brenham, Stephen (Petty Officer 3rd Class US Navy) USN North Dakota Fast Attack Submarine; Matthew (Corporal US Marine Corps Reserves) of Caldwell; Mary Catherine Hancock of Caldwell; Waylon (and Stephanie) Weston of Bryan; Wyatt (and Jordan) Weston of Bryan, TX; Kayla (and Cody) McLean of Robinson; Paul Abdelsayed of South Bound Brook, NJ; Amy Abdelsayed of South Bound Brook, NJ; Breanna Gray of Decatur, AL; Dawn (and

Tommy) Futch of Montgomery; Josh Franklin of Tomball; and Guy Friedrichs of Brazos County; as well as numerous great grandchildren, great great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends.

Johnny is preceded in death by his parents J.D. and Willie Pearl (Hunt) Hancock; his wife of 35 years Mildred LaNell (Curington) Hancock; stepdaughter Kim Friedrichs; and son-in-law Wade Weston as well as family members, loved ones, and friends.

A private graveside service was Saturday, July 9 at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus. Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home.

The family extends sincere thanks to Allumine Health Home Health & Hospice of Bellville for their kindness and attentiveness which allowed Johnny to live his final days at home surrounded by the love of his family.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to Allumine Health Foundation Bellville, 1146 Midtown Drive, College Station, TX 77845. Make checks payable to Allumine Health Foundation with “John Hancock” in the memo section or on the envelope. Donations may also be made using the following web link: https://www.

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