Gloria Malone Hancock

Published 8:05 am Wednesday, April 29, 2020

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A private graveside service was held on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, at Magnolia Cemetery for the family of Gloria Malone Hancock, 95, of Reform, who passed away on April 20. A memorial for family and friends will be scheduled at a later date due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Born on April 13, 1925, Gloria, a graduate of the Birmingham Conservatory of Music at Birmingham-Southern College, was the quintessential Southern lady. She epitomized grace and was steadfast in her unyielding faith. For over 40 years, she was affectionately referred to as “Doey” by her adoring grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Gloria and her late husband, Charlie, were founders of the Woodland Heights Methodist Church, where she served as the church’s choir director for many years. She also worked alongside her husband throughout his 40-year dental career. Her tireless devotion to her husband and three sons was evident by her unwavering support and appreciation for the game of golf. 

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In her later years, Gloria continued to exude her selfless manner through her numerous philanthropic endeavors and relished baking dozens of “cowboy cookies” with her great grandchildren. Her wit and zest for life will be greatly missed by those who were blessed to know her.

Her parents, Dr. Cornelius and Lovie Malone; her beloved husband, Dr. Charles “Charlie” Sanders Hancock, and her two sisters, Boots Evans and Jane Malone Wimberly, preceded Gloria in death.

Survivors include, her three devoted sons, Charles “Bunky” Gunter Hancock (Sharon) of Spanish Fort and Phillip Ranson Hancock (Jean) and David Sanders Hancock (Leshia), all of Greenville; grandchildren, Anne Taber Hancock Fava (Scott) of Annapolis, Md., Laura Elizabeth Hancock of Gulf Shores, Jennifer Hancock Porter (Justin) of Dothan, Charles Phillip Hancock (Stephanie) of Atlanta, Ga., Brady Hancock Burge (Isaac) of Mobile; Maryanne Hancock Burdg (Taylor) of Tuscaloosa and Sanders Daniel Hancock (Codie Rose) of Prattville, and great grandchildren, Charles Hastings Fava and Katharine Taber Fava, both of Annapolis, Md., John Robert Porter and Julie Marie Porter, both of Dothan, Emma Burge and Charles Fendley Burge, both of Mobile, and Daniel Rhett Hancock of Prattville.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests all memorial gifts be directed to the one’s favorite veteran charity.

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