The Times West Virginian

March 21, 2014

Barbara Hancock


Times West Virginian

— Barbara Jo Hancock, of Springfield, Va., passed away Sunday (March 16, 2014) at the age of 77 after a battle with cancer.

Born Jan. 26, 1937, in Fairmont, she attended Fairmont State College. While a teacher in Annapolis she met and married Capt. James E. Hancock (USN retired), her husband of 54 years. They moved to Springfield in 1976 where she continued her teaching at Washington Irving Middle School, passionate about making a difference in the lives of her students.

Barbara and Jim have been active members and great supporters of the Army Navy Country Club for 30 years.

Throughout her life and marriage she took great joy in her family; the devoted mother of James Hancock Jr. and Joan Smedberg, the proud and loving grandmother of James Hancock III, Steven Hancock, Allison Smedberg and Erica Smedberg, and best friend and confidant of her sister, Carolyn Wilbourne.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Demaine Funeral Home in Springfield, with a reception for friends and family at Army Navy Country Club in Arlington to follow at 2 p.m.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, friends can make donations to The Naval Academy Foundation (www.usna.com).