John Asa Dubois Hancock

April 27, 1938 ~ April 24, 2021 (age 82)

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John Asa Dubois Hancock, of Rock Island, Illinois, died on Saturday, April 24, 2021, at UnityPoint Hospital in Rock Island, Illinois, with family by his side.  A memorial service will be 1:00 pm Saturday, May 8, 2021 at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory, 3030 7th Avenue, Rock Island.  The service can be viewed via live-stream by visiting:, Meeting ID: 837 3947 0248, Passcode: 178168.  Inurnment will be private at the Rock Island National Cemetery, Arsenal Island.  Volunteer memorial contributions may be made at  (scroll to the bottom of the page and click on donations) or in care of the family.

John was born in Greenwood, Mississippi on April 27, 1938, to Henrietta Drake and Bernie Gardner.  He lived more than half his life in Illinois, but also spent time in Texas. He went to Culinary School at Mississippi Valley State in 1967 and went on to work at Wilberforce University in Ohio, in their cafeteria.  He then moved into trucking, working in that industry for many decades.  John retired from Consolidated Freight in 1999 as a route sales driver. 

John was married to JoAnn (Thomas) Hancock in 1968, they were married for 26 years to that union was born one son and two daughters. 

John was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in November 1971 in Chicago, Illinois.  He was a part of the Rock Island congregation in Rock Island, Illinois.  

John had great joy in the ministry in teaching others about the Bible.  He especially enjoyed public witnessing and conducting Bible studies.  During a part of his ministry, he had served as a full-time regular Pioneer for 13 years.  

John married his wife Jacquelyn (Carrell) Hancock in 2006. 

John was known by his family as A.D. or Hancock and some friends as Juan.  He loved spending time with his family.  He was quite the jokester. 

He is survived by his wife Jacquelyn Hancock; children, Rylander Garrett, Vernon (Tinerka) Hancock, Felicia Meeks, Anthony Hancock, Andrea (Marlan) Gates, Adrienne Gipson (his caregiver for almost three years); sister, Opal Robinson; step-children, LaGina (Clark) Stewart and Mark Carrell; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; special cousin, Mae Norris Smith; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, granddaughter, great-grandson and siblings, Crystal Williams, Milton Hancock, William Richardson, and Clemmie Richardson. 

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Live-Stream Funeral Service
May 8, 2021

1:00 PM
Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory
3030 - 7th Avenue
Rock Island, IL 61201

Video is available for this event

Private Committal

Rock Island National Cemetery
Bldg 118, Rock Island Arsenal
Rock Island, IL 61201

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