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Sgr. Major Doyle LaFayette Hancock
March 3, 1927 - May 20, 2008

Sgt. Major Doyle LaFayette Hancock, 81, of Jonesboro died Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at the family residence. Born in Myrtle, Miss., he had lived in Jonesboro for the past 12 years and was formerly of Memphis. He was a retired Sgt. Major for the U.S. Marines serving in World War II special forces and of the Korean War, retired supervisor for the Memphis Light Gas and Water, and of the Baptist faith. Sgt. Hancock was preceded in death by his first wife, Eulafaye Hensley Hancock, son, Tim Hancock, sister, Martha Dale Clayton and his parents, William Doyle and Jamie Gunter Hancock and his step-father, Charles M. Harlan. Survivors include his wife, Genevieve Bushong Hancock of the home; daughter; Debbie Sparks & Norman of Knoxville, Tenn., step-daughter, Regina D. Young of Jonesboro; son, Gary and wife Shelia Hancock of Memphis; step-sons, John & Stacy Burgett of Memphis, Larry D. Lister of Knoxville, Tenn., and Tony Eugene Lister of Conroe, Texas; step-sisters: Bonnie Mixon and Betty Wallace both of Trumann, 6 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Special friends, Menda Bushong, Bud & Wanda Stahl, Jimmy and Pam Nichols, Pat and Pam Arnault, Dutch Green and wife, Dr. Scott Dickson, Joe Taylor and all the staff & therapist at St. Bernard

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  1. sidney johnston, Dallas Texas says

    When I was a child I lived next door to Doyle and Ruby and I can still remember to this day that LaFayette was always a very kind man to me when he would come from Memphis to visit Doyle and Ruby....My condolences to the entire family.

  2. Gary Ursery, Iuka, MS says

    Sorry to hear about his death. I retired from MLGW in 2000.

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