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Bernard Sterling Hancock, Sr.

November 25, 1956 - May 15, 2022

Mr. Bernard Sterling Hancock, age 65 transitioned to be with the Lord Sunday, May 15, 2022 at his residence.  Born in Brooklyn, New York November 25, 1956, he was the son of the late Charles J. Hancock and Lorraine Richardson Hancock.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by six brothers Thomas Richardson Sr., Charles Hancock, Jr., Ronnie Hancock, Taft Hancock, Robert Hancock, and Douglas Hancock, two sisters Deborah L. Hancock and H. Marie Hancock Lindsay, one sister-in-law Twanda A. Jefferson, and his father-in-law Lenwood D. Jefferson, Sr.

Bernard was a graduate of E. C. Glass class of 1975 and attended Central Virginia Community College.  He retired from Sentry Equipment and Erectors in Forest, Virginia and served his country in the United States Army where he was honorably discharged.

Bernard is survived by his loving and devoted wife of thirty-nine years Diane Jefferson Hancock, three sons Dwayne Jefferson of Lynchburg, VA, Bernard Hancock, Jr. of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Patrick Hancock of Lynchburg, Virginia.  He is also survived by one devoted grandson Jay’von A. Brown of Lynchburg, Virginia, two sisters Patricia H. Gwathmey of Lynchburg, VA and Brenda H. Crawford (John) of Gwynn Oak, Maryland, five granddaughters Zamyriah Brown of Bedford, VA, Nakya Jefferson of Lynchburg. Virginia, Nevaeh M. Barber, Anissa M. Barber and Corlia M. Barber of Charlotte, North Carolina, his mother in law Christine Jefferson of Rustburg, Virginia, two sisters in law Jeannie Jefferson of Rustburg, VA and Jacqueline M. Ferguson of Lynchburg, VA; two brothers in law Lenwood D. Jefferson, Jr. (Evelyn) and Michael Jefferson (Mabel) of Rustburg, VA, eight nieces, five nephews and a host of cousins, extended family and friends.

A going home service will be Saturday, May 21, 2022, at 11:30 AM at Tharp Funeral Home. A visitation will be held thirty minutes prior. The family will receive friends and family after the service at the home – 3101 Link Rd. #79 Lynchburg, VA 24503. MASKS ARE RQUIRED.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.

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My sincere condolences to the family .

Posted by Darryl Rucker on May 21, 2022

My sincere condolences to the family .

Posted by Darryl Rucker on May 21, 2022

Pat, we just learned today of your brother's passing. Please know that our sincere prayers are with you and your family. Earth has no sorry that Heaven/God cannot heal. Treasure the memories of happy and blessed times.

Posted by Coretta Jones and Loretta Jones-Gafford on May 21, 2022

My sincere condolences to the family .

Posted by Darryl Rucker on May 20, 2022

My sincere condolences to the Hancock family and friends. May God comfort you in the loss of your loved one. Class of "75"

Posted by Rosalyn Davis on May 19, 2022

To the Hancock Family I send my sincere condolences. BJ you are in my heart and will forever keep you in my prayers. We Love but God Loves Best. Your Dad has received his wings and now he can Rest in Heavenly Peace.💜

Posted by Carolyn Golden on May 19, 2022

Me and my family send our deepest Condolences to our dear friend BJ and his family ❣🙏❣

Posted by Patrice Collier on May 18, 2022

To my friend Pat and Bernard’s wife Diane, and the Hancock family: Please accept our condolences in the passing of Bernard. We will keep your family in our prayers. Stay strong. We love you all.

Posted by Corine and Alexcia on May 17, 2022

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