Daddy is with Jesus Now

My daddy, Herman Bryce Hancock, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday. Thank you for all of your love and support after he suffered two strokes.

He was cheerful after major surgery but then experienced a second stroke and fell into a coma. Afterward, he rested peacefully and was under superb care at VCU Hospital in Richmond, Virginia, before he passed.

The world is much dimmer now without him.

Please continue to hold our family in your hearts and prayers.

70 Responses to Daddy is with Jesus Now

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    Darlene L. Turner August 30, 2018 at 4:45 am #

    Tamela, so sorry for the loss of your father. Losing a parent is so tough. My deepest sympathies. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless. xo

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    Tammy Van Gils August 30, 2018 at 4:50 am #

    I will keep praying for you and your family. May your sweet memories bring you comfort and peace.

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    Amanda Wen August 30, 2018 at 5:02 am #

    I know the dimness that results from losing a loved one. You and your mom and all who loce your daddy are in my prayers.

    (Also, in case you need a laugh, my autocorrect changed “dimness” to “dinner.” That certainly would ve given my comment new meaning…)

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    Barbara M. Britton August 30, 2018 at 5:05 am #

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Tamela. You and your family will be in my prayers.,

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    Loretta Eidson August 30, 2018 at 5:14 am #

    I’m reminded of a few words from a song, “Your love crashes over me, wave after wave.” May you and your family experience the crashing waves of God’s love, mercy, grace, and comfort during this time of loss and in the days ahead. Continued prayers being sent your way.

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    Angie Dicken August 30, 2018 at 5:19 am #

    I am so sorry, Tamela. Many prayers and hugs!

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    Yaasha Hepperle August 30, 2018 at 5:22 am #

    Tamela, I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m a Realmie who lives within striking distance of Richmond, VA. Is there anything I can do, practically, for you and your family? You’re all in my prayers.

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    Mark Stevenson August 30, 2018 at 5:34 am #

    I lost my father to death last year. I know and remember the pain well. You and your family are in my prayers. The Holy Spirit will be there to give comfort during grief. Brothers and sisters will be at your disposal to be the shoulder because so many of us care for you. As you walk with your family through this time of adjustment, know there will be the next life where there is no time and this is only a season until then. You will be in my prayers.

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    Carla Pollard August 30, 2018 at 5:39 am #

    Lifting you all up to Our God, who is present with us and is The God of all Comfort. My heart-felt love and empathy to you and yours.

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    Bob August 30, 2018 at 5:50 am #

    Tamela: Sad for your loss and the empty feeling in your heart. We who remain are really in the land of the dying. We can rejoice that your father is now in the land of the living. May our great God in heaven comfort and encourage you and your family during this time.

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    Elaine August 30, 2018 at 5:53 am #

    I’m so sorry, Tamela, and will be praying for God’s comfort and peace!

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    Karen Bell August 30, 2018 at 5:53 am #

    Tamela, I’m so sorry for your loss. Losing your Daddy is hard for his little girl. No matter your age. My prayers as you grieve. Hold tight to those precious memories.

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    Rebekah Love Dorris August 30, 2018 at 5:59 am #

    Oh, I’m so sorry for your pain. Tears.

    What a lovely family, by the way. You honor him well with your life, and your mother. You so resemble them both!

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    Andrew Budek-Schmeisser August 30, 2018 at 6:12 am #

    I’m so sorry, Tamela. You’re in our prayers.

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    Tedd Galloway August 30, 2018 at 6:22 am #

    I have come to know that great love leaves one open to great pain. I pray the pain subsides as the love lingers on and on.

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    Linda Riggs Mayfield August 30, 2018 at 6:44 am #

    Oh, Tamela, I’m so sorry for your loss. We grieve–even our Lord Jesus grieved over the death of his friend, knowing how soon he would see him living again–but we, too, are comforted by that Blessed Hope. We will be together again.

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    CJ Myerly August 30, 2018 at 7:11 am #

    Tamela, I am so sorry for your loss. I will continue to pray for you and your family.

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    Kathy Nickerson August 30, 2018 at 7:16 am #

    I am so sorry for your loss. You are correct about the world being dimmer. The loss of our fathers changes the world. Thank God for eternity.

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    Jennifer Dyer August 30, 2018 at 7:22 am #

    I am so sorry for your loss.

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    Debbie Wilson August 30, 2018 at 7:29 am #

    Tamela, I am so sorry for your loss. We were made for eternity, and death feels so wrong. So thankful Jesus has prepared an amazing place where we will live forever with Him. May you and your family know the comfort only He can give.

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    Kathy Sheldon Davis August 30, 2018 at 7:31 am #

    My prayers and thoughts are with you today, Tamela. And if you’re into it, hugs too.

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    Nancy Golden August 30, 2018 at 7:33 am #

    Dear Tamela, it is so hard to say goodbye to your Daddy until you meet again someday. We are praying for you and your family. I find great comfort in these two verses when I am missing those I love who have gone home to be with our Lord: Romans 14:8, “If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord” and James 1:12, “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” I hope they comfort you too…

    May you and your family feel God’s loving presence, surrounding you with His peace and comfort, as you walk through this difficult time.

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    Cindy Fowell August 30, 2018 at 7:40 am #

    Tamela, may you know God’s comfort, strength and peace in the days ahead. Loosing one’s Daddy is hard, I know. I still miss mine. Cherish the memories and the tears. Praying for you.

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    Heather Morse Alexander August 30, 2018 at 7:43 am #

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I lost my dad almost a year ago. The kindnesses of the Lord during the difficult days after his death were a profound comfort. He is so good and He is near to the brokenhearted. My prayers are with you and your family as you grieve.

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    Nancy Golden August 30, 2018 at 8:03 am #

    Tamela, sorry to comment twice but I was responding to one of my students in an online course I teach, by sharing an excerpt from a devotional I had written, when it occurred to me that you may find comfort in it…I pray that it is so:

    What a joy it is to be a Christ-follower! As we travel through life as temporary inhabitants of this world, we know where our true citizenship lies. Biblical hope is much different from how we usually use the word “hope” in our day-to-day conversations. Have you ever said, “I hope to get a raise?” or “I hope we can go to the beach on vacation next year?” or “I hope they have that shirt in my size?” All of those statements imply uncertainty – there is no guarantee that what the person is hoping for will be available.

    Biblical hope is not the same. It is not based on circumstances, but rather, on the promises and character of God. This hope is not a wishful uncertain desire, but a confident certainty and a blessed assurance for those who follow Christ. Paul writes in Romans 5:3-4, “And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope;”
    Paul uses the Greek word ἐλπίς [elpis] in this verse. It is the hope we have in Jesus as our Risen Lord who has overcome death. While we travel through the difficulties of a broken world, we are joyful and have a confident expectation of eternal salvation. Praise God!

    I am grateful for the hope you share with your Daddy in Christ!

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    Katherine August 30, 2018 at 8:07 am #

    I was just remembering that it’s already been 13 years since my father’s death. It was one of the most difficult experiences in my life. I can emphasize with what you may be feeling. But God alone knows and bears the depth of your pain.

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    Kristi Woods August 30, 2018 at 8:08 am #

    I’m so sorry, Tamela. Thank God for the assurance of heaven. (I relied heavily on the security of it when my dad passed.) May our Father comfort you and your family as only He can.

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    Jerusha Agen August 30, 2018 at 8:33 am #

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss, Tamela. Sounds like you were blessed to have a very special dad. I pray God brings your peace and comfort during this time and allows you to see how He is using even this for His glory.

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    Kay DiBianca August 30, 2018 at 8:36 am #

    Tamela, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Those of us who have been blessed with good parents suffer a special sadness when they are gone.

    I pray God will comfort you and all your family with His peace and shalom during your time of mourning.

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    Jenny August 30, 2018 at 8:47 am #

    I am so sorry. Praying for you and tour family right now.

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    Grace Fox August 30, 2018 at 9:09 am #

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Tamela. Praying now.

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    Tisha Martin August 30, 2018 at 9:16 am #

    Tamela, I am deeply sorry for the loss of your father. Prayers of peace and comfort for you and your mom and rest of the family.

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    Joey Rudder August 30, 2018 at 9:30 am #

    Oh, Tamela. I’m so very sorry for your loss. I’m praying for you and your family. May God hold you and bring you comfort.

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    Loraine Nunley August 30, 2018 at 9:35 am #

    I’m so sorry for your loss Tamela. I will keep your family in my prayers.

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    Stacy Simmons August 30, 2018 at 9:39 am #

    I am so sorry, I will be praying for His peace and comfort for you and your family.

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    Donna Geesey August 30, 2018 at 10:09 am #

    Tamela, I’m so sorry for your family’s loss. You are in my prayers.

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    Lois Keffer August 30, 2018 at 10:15 am #

    May God be very close and surround you and your family with a special awareness of his merciful presence. Dona nobis pacem.

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    Sheri Dean Parmelee, Ph.D August 30, 2018 at 10:24 am #

    Tamela, please accept my sincere condolences. I pray that the Lord will comfort you and your family at this time of loss.

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    Lauralee August 30, 2018 at 10:35 am #

    Very sorry. The loss of a parent is very difficult. You’re in my thoughts and prayers

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    Patti Jo Moore August 30, 2018 at 10:45 am #

    My heart has been burdened for you, Tamela, and I understand how difficult this time is. I will continue praying for you and your family, and know the Lord will give you comfort and strength in the days ahead. Gentle hugs.

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    Daddy’s are such an integral part of who we are, and often a physical representation of God for us, it is hard to let them go.

    My Daddy has been gone 16 years and I miss his guidance, love and laughter every day, but he also instilled strength as I know, Tamela, yours did for you.

    God bless you in your time of grief, mixed with reassurance you will see him again.

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    Jan Elder August 30, 2018 at 11:00 am #

    Holding you and your family close in my prayers, Tamela!

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    Mark Moss August 30, 2018 at 11:19 am #

    Ruby and I will be praying for God’s comfort to you and your family.

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    Lois Hudson August 30, 2018 at 11:39 am #

    So very sorry, Tamela. Praying for you and your family.

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    Jeanne Dennis August 30, 2018 at 11:41 am #

    So sad for you and your family, Tamela. Praying for you during this difficult time.

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    Kelly August 30, 2018 at 11:46 am #

    Lifting you and all who knew and love your dad in prayer.

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    Carol Ashby August 30, 2018 at 11:54 am #

    Praying for you, Tamela.

    My dad died 28 years ago, and I like to think of our separation as something like him living in Australia without cell service. We can’t talk now, but someday I’ll join him in a place I’ve always wanted to go. And won’t those reunions be glorious and grand!

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    Judith Robl August 30, 2018 at 12:10 pm #

    Father, God, we ask that You wrap Your loving arms around Tamela and her family in this season of loss and grief. Let them feel Your presence in a very special way. Use this event to draw them even closer to you. In Jesus’ most precious name. Amen.

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    Jennifer A. Davids August 30, 2018 at 12:18 pm #

    I’m so sorry, Tamela. You and yours are in my prayers.

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    Marlene Anderson August 30, 2018 at 12:25 pm #

    It is so hard to lose the people we love. I lost my husband, a beloved son and two siblings this last year. We know they are with our Lord and that gives us a deep comfort. I pray that you will be able to walk through the pain and be comforted by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

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    Emily Wickham August 30, 2018 at 12:30 pm #

    I am so sorry for your loss, dear Tamela. You are in my prayers. May the Lord comfort you and give you strength. Love to you in Christ.

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    claire o'sullivan August 30, 2018 at 2:28 pm #

    Oh, Tamela- I will keep your family in prayer, and so sorry for your loss. Any other words simply fall flat.

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    Renee Garrick August 30, 2018 at 2:52 pm #


    My heart hurts for you. I pray you’ll experience God’s comfort and rest in the days to come.

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    Sharee Stover August 30, 2018 at 2:55 pm #

    I’m so sorry for the pain you’re enduring and pray God’s comfort and peace for you and your family.

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    Rebecca Barlow Jordan August 30, 2018 at 3:08 pm #

    Tamela, there are no words that can say adequately how sorry we are for your loss. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. I still miss my father! May Jesus hold you closer than ever (though He always holds us tight!)

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    Melissa Henderson August 30, 2018 at 3:31 pm #

    Tamela, I am praying for you and your family. Praying for God to give you all peace and comfort.

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    Rebecca Lorraine Walker August 30, 2018 at 4:04 pm #

    Tamela, I’m so sorry! Prayers for your family. Only our Lord can get you through this tough time. Sending hugs and love your way! Lorraine

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    Karen Tyner August 30, 2018 at 4:23 pm #

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Lifting you and your family up in prayers.

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    kim August 30, 2018 at 4:30 pm #

    Sending blessings and prayers to you and your family. You are all loved.

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    Deborah Raney August 30, 2018 at 4:39 pm #

    I’m so sorry to hear this, Tamela. Holding your family in prayer.

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    Joann Claypoole August 30, 2018 at 4:45 pm #

    Tamela, I continue to pray God’s peace and comfort covers you and your family until you see your dad again. My daddy went home 21 years ago. I was much too young to say goodbye to my first hero. Memories really are more precious than diamonds, the hope of heaven, priceless.

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    Ashley Schaller August 30, 2018 at 6:41 pm #

    So sorry!!! Praying for you!!!

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    Robin Mason August 30, 2018 at 7:20 pm #

    Tamela, i’m so sorry for your loss. praying for peace and comfort for you and your family in the days ahead.

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    Abbey August 30, 2018 at 9:39 pm #

    Tamela, May God give you His perfect peace and Jesus wrap His loving arms around you and your family. He wept when Lazarus died and He prays for us, especially when we lose a precious loved one. May you feel His presence holding you and comforting you. Continued prayers for you and your family.

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    Cele LeBlanc August 30, 2018 at 11:38 pm #

    I am sorry for your loss. Prayers for peace and comfort for you and your family.

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    Esther McDowell Thompson August 31, 2018 at 8:41 am #

    Tamela, May our Lord wrap His loving arms around you and your family and fill you with His peace.

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    Edward Lane August 31, 2018 at 6:09 pm #

    So sorry for your loss. In my prayers.

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    Tamela Hancock Murray September 4, 2018 at 7:57 am #

    Thank you all. Your prayers, words, and support mean so much!

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    Dawn Lindsay September 6, 2018 at 6:46 pm #

    Bitter-Sweet. Your hurting heart; His glorious graduation. Grieve as you must, and may the beauty he brought to your life be of timeless comfort. Praying for you and your family.

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    Christine L Henderson September 12, 2018 at 10:01 pm #

    I grieve with you at your loss of not having your dad physically present with you to laugh, cry, and tell stories of growing up.

    However, I also rejoice with you in the assurance that one day you will be reunited in heaven where there is no more sadness or tears.

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