John Hancock Jr.

May 6, 1947 - October 20, 2023

05/06/1947 - 10/20/2023

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Funeral Service
Sunday October 29, 2023

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Westside Church Four Square in Auditorium #10 of the Cinemark Theater at 2413 Chesapeake Square Ring Rd Chesapeake, VA 23321, Reception to follow at Bennett’s Creek Landing Clubhouse

John William Hancock Jr. aged 76, of Chesapeake, VA, passed away peacefully in his home on Friday, October 20, 2023. Known to many as Papa John, he was born in Portsmouth, VA on May 6, 1947 to the late John W. Hancock Sr. & Bernice Seal Hancock of Chesapeake.

John graduated from Churchland High School in 1965 and worked as a nuclear submarine pipefitter for 35 years at Norfolk Naval Shipyard. He was also a member of Westside Church in Chesapeake. Papa John enjoyed touring the state in search of perfect BBQ and sweet potato pie; and was an avid American and Civil War history buff, frequenting historical sites and teaching others from his research. But his deepest passion was studying his Bible and journaling passages that spoke to his profound Christian faith. 

He is survived by his wife Lois Lemasters Hancock; his daughter Katy Watts (William), his sons John Hancock (Sharon) and Joe Hancock (Tracey); his grandchildren, Sarah Hancock, William Watts, Wyatt Watts, and Ana Hancock; and his sister Betty Schiller and brother Jerry Hancock. Our beloved Papa John, with his twinkling eyes, bearded cheeks, and belly laughs will be forever missed. 

A memorial service will be held 10AM Sunday, October 29, 2023 at Westside Church Four Square in Auditorium #10 of the Cinemark Theater at 2413 Chesapeake Square Ring Rd Chesapeake, VA 23321. Reception to follow at Bennet’s Creek Landing Clubhouse. 

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Maryland Harrell
3 months ago

Rest in Peace John. I worked with him as an apprentice when he was the last trade “Coppersmith” in NNSY. Great man and very smart. 🙏🏻 and peace for the family and friends.

Steve Bialowas
3 months ago

Papa John was a pillar of Westside Church and one if its founding members. He was a man of God and a man of prayer. Even when age and illness slowed him down he was always at church serving and praying. A joyful person indeed he inspired and encouraged us all.

Randall C Benton
3 months ago

Papa John was a unique person – I’ve never known anyone like him. He loved God and had no doubts where he would spend eternity. His faith was unyielding. He’s going to be missed.

Angela Claiborne
3 months ago

I will miss this prayer warrior so much. He was so welcoming to me and my husband when we came to town to be the Pastors at Westside Church. He covered us in prayer and his faith was so inspiring. I know he made a mark on so many lives over the years… one of the lasting impressions for me will always be his prayer life. Thank you, John. I’ll see you again someday!