Mr. Barrie Carleton Hancock, age 80, of Conyers, GA, entered his eternal life in peace on February 19th, 2022 under Longleaf Hospice Care at The Retreat at Loganville.
Barrie was born April 27th, 1941 in Atlanta, GA, the son of Adrian Carleton Hancock and Ann Andre Hancock.
Barrie graduated from East Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1959 where he was a member of the Art Club and the Art Editor of the Eagle school paper. He was voted “Most Talented” his Senior year. He then went on to Brevard College in Brevard, North Carolina, where he earned an Associate in Arts and in 1965, he attended the Ringling School of Art at Sarasota, Florida earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. After graduating from college, Barrie was hired as an artist with Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, Missouri. Barrie later became a self-taught draftsman and eventually owned his own business, Barrie Hancock Associates, in Sterling, Virginia as a Foodservice Designer, designing commercial kitchens and restaurants, such as the Chili’s chain restaurants and numerous school and hospital cafeterias across the country, including a food facility on a naval aircraft carrier and the Army cafeteria at the North Pole base. He was a member of the Foodservice Consultants Society International (FCSI) from 1975 to 2003.
Barrie enlisted in the Army of the United States in 1960, and served until honorably discharged in 1966. His service with the Armed Forces continued later in life as a civilian.
Barrie met Hazel Creech Hancock from Mount Pleasant, South Carolina while at Brevard college and fell in love. They eloped on October 14th, 1961. Together they raised four children, Amy, Lezah, Christian and Jonathan. They were married nearly fifty years before Hazel passed away in 2004 from cancer. Barrie was a loving father and devoted husband. He was also a proud grandfather to six grandchildren, Mitchell, Mason, Marcus, Madeline, Colin, and Caleb who he all adored.
Barrie worked and retired as a Foodservice Designer at the G9 Division of the U.S. Army Installation Management Command, Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Facilities Division (FMWRC). During this time, his attention to detail and eye for efficiency and function contributed not only to the successful completion of fifty-eight kitchen renovation projects, but his design solutions also had a lasting impact on the quality of life for Soldiers and their families. His exceptional work and dedication earned him the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service and he retired in 2013.
Those who knew Barrie well, knew his love for hats, especially his collection of military hats and his cowboy hats from Texas, but some may not know about the many “hats” that he wore throughout his life. In his youth he served his community with a paper route and was a Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Sea Scout. He drove a school bus (Bus #99) in high school and later in life an ambulance. He fought forest fires while in college and became a prison Chaplin in Knox County, Tennessee in the early seventies.
He was a devout Christian and his faith was very important to him. He came to know the Lord (along with wife, Hazel) at Pastor Jim Henry’s Two Rivers Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee. He was a member of The Gideons International, an Evangelical Christian association and throughout his life distributed Bibles to hospitals, schools, prisons, military bases and to whoever would receive the Word. He continued to share his faith and the Gideon Bibles to staff and residents at the nursing home where he resided at the end of his life on earth. During his lifetime he traveled to Russia and Africa to minister at orphanages.
What can be remembered most about Barrie was his heart to serve others.
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms” (1 Peter 4:10).
Remaining to cherish Barrie’s memory are his children, Amy Evans (Bruce), Lezah Yeoh (Ian), Christian Hancock (Soh Leng), Jonathan Hancock (Jaymie); grandchildren, Colin Evans, Mitchell and Mason Yeoh, Marcus and Madeline Hancock, and Caleb Hancock; sister, Karen Hancock Moody; niece, Kelly Wright Frazier and nephew, Josh Wright.
Preceding Barrie in death are wife, Hazel Creech Hancock; parents, Adrian Carleton Hancock and Ann Andre Hancock.
A private Funeral/Memorial service will be held for immediate family with Clergy officiating. Interment will be at Westview Cemetery in Atlanta, Georgia. Military Honors will be conducted by the United States Army.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Barries’s memory may be directed to The Gideons International, The Alzheimer’s Association or Parkinson’s Foundation.
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