Elner Gold Hamlett Hancock, 86, of Charlotte Court House, VA, passed away on Monday, April 6, 2020 at her home surrounded by her five loving children and her granddaughter, Nicole. She was born on May 23, 1933, to the late Ellie Jackson and Walter Alphonso “Phony” Hamlett, Sr. Elner was preceded in death by her husband of sixty-seven years, Littell “Tell” Hancock; two infant children, Judith Maxine and James Walter Hancock; two brothers, Garland H. Hamlett, Sr., and Walter A. Hamlett, Jr.; and one sister, Carroll H. Dodd. She is survived by her five children, Linda Hicks of the home, Janet (Donnie) Slaw of Crewe, VA, Carolyn Amos of Clarksville, VA, Robert (Claire) Hancock of Phenix, VA, and Ginny Elder of Cullen, VA. The pride of her life was her eleven grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
Many nights, you would find her snuggling on the couch with “her girl” her great-granddaughter, Ryan, who stayed by her side and helped care for her until God called her home. Elner is also survived by a sister, Judy (John) Fears of Keysville, VA. She had three special friends who spent many hours with her, Charky Paulette, Bonita Hamlett, and Ken Guynn; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Elner worked for more than sixty years in garment factories. She was a talented seamstress and loved making clothes and kitchen towels for her family. She finished out her career with The Green Thumb program and held positions at Central Middle School, The Early Learning Center, and Statesmen Computers. Her favorite position of all was at CMS where she remained until she retired at age 82. She loved being around the children. If one was sent to the office for “behavior”, she always tried to steal a moment to have a kind “Grandma” word with them. She truly believed that loving people enough and letting them know it was enough to make them want to be better.
She loved cooking and baking and spent most of her life preparing delicious food for her family and friends. If anyone mentioned they loved a specific dish or dessert of hers, you could guarantee one would be prepared for them the next day. Her proudest achievement was being elected an Elder of Oak View Presbyterian Church, where she attended for approximately seventy years until two weeks ago when she fell and fractured her hip. She played the piano for the church her entire adult life until her vision became too impaired. She also served as the children’s Sunday School Teacher for decades. She was also a valued member of the Trucker’s Parade Against Cancer team where she served for many years in memory of her sister, Carroll.
Elner Hancock lived a life of love and service, not only for those of us blessed to be her family but for everyone who knew her.
Due to restrictions from the Virginia Department of Health regarding the COVID—19 virus, a private graveside service will be held at Oak View Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Thursday, April 9, 2020, at 11 am., Reverend Bill Chrystal will be officiating. Visitors may attend but must maintain the six foot social distancing guidelines and away from the graveside. The family welcomes friends and family outdoors at the home of her daughter, Ginny Elder, 120 Taro Road, Cullen, VA 23934, but adherence must be maintained to the ten person limit at all times and the six foot social distancing requirement at the home as well. If anyone feels at all apprehensive about attending, please do not feel obligated as we all understand, we will hold a larger memorial service once all social distancing requirements have been lifted. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Trucker’s Parade Against Cancer (TPAC) or Oak View Presbyterian Church Cemetery Fund.