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Stephen W. Hancock
August 27, 1946 ~ December 11, 2023 (age 77) 77 Years Old
Stephen Waddell Hancock was called home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on December 11th, 2023, at 77 years of age. Steve was born on August 9th, 1946, in Atlanta, GA to Jim and Louise Hancock. He was preceded in death by his father, James Waddell Hancock; his sister, Louise Bell; his stepfather and best friend, Bill Tyndale; and his mother, Louise Hancock Tyndale. He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara; his daughters and sons-in-law, Betsy and Jason Mier and Mandi and Dan Williams; 6 grandchildren including Nicholas Zagaruyka, Addison, Rebecca & Emma Mier, and Karsyn & Heath Williams; his sister and brother-in-law Bev & John Hazlett; extended family including his loving in-laws and nieces and nephews; and countless friends who counted it a joy and blessing to know him.
Steve’s dad was an Army Aviator who died a hero saving lives in an army plane crash when Steve was 11 years old. Steve always hoped that the bravery shown by his father rubbed off on him. Following the death of his father, Steve and his mother moved to Atlanta, GA where he attended Sandy Springs High School. In 1964, he joined the Army and served in the 82nd Airborne Division (Infantry). While serving he attended the United States Military Academy Prep School in Fort Belvoir, VA, followed by the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Long Island, NY. In 1967 he transferred to Auburn University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Building Construction. Steve loved Auburn University and the town of Auburn, AL. He was a member of the ATO fraternity and up until his death he kept in touch with many of his fraternity brothers. Steve’s favorite pastime was Auburn sports, especially Auburn football. WAR EAGLE!! Upon graduation from Auburn, Steve worked in the construction industry for 50 plus years. He worked on construction projects in Columbus, GA, Atlanta, GA, and in the panhandle of Florida from Pensacola to Tallahassee.
While working in Atlanta in 1976, Steve met the love of his life, Barbara. They were married in 1979 at Holy Innocence Episcopal Church in Atlanta. In 1981 Steve and Barbara moved to Niceville to help develop and build Bluewater Bay Resort. It was in Niceville that Steve and Barbara raised their 2 daughters, Betsy and Mandi. His greatest joys were spending time with his family, cooking out, and spoiling and teasing his grandchildren who absolutely adored him. Steve was also an avid racquetball player and played almost daily from 1978-2000. He was one of few professional racquetball instructors in the Florida Panhandle.
While Steve always considered himself to be a Christian and grew up in a Christian family, he didn’t fully understand the relevance of being a Christian until God hit him in the head with a plank in 2001. He turned his life over to Jesus, and he was forever changed. He knew that “The wage of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23). He also knew and was comforted by the fact that “Jesus is better by far.” (Philippians 1:23). Steve thanks the pastors, elders, deacons, and congregation at First Presbyterian Church of Niceville for helping him in his walk with Christ. His favorite bible verse was John 15:13 “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” That’s what Steve’s father did and that’s exactly what Jesus did. Thanks be to God who gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Steve’s funeral service will be held Saturday January 6th, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church Niceville. Following the service, there will be a Celebration of Life at the Boathouse Landing Restaurant in Valparaiso from 1:00-3:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, Steve and his family request for donations to be given to First Presbyterian Church Niceville in his memory.
Saturday January 6, 2024 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM First Presbyterian Church
Celebration of Life
Saturday January 6, 2024 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM Boathouse Landing 124 N. John Sims Parkway Valpariso, FL 32580