W e are proud to share our history of Hancock Funeral Home which began on January 7, 1965 when Dan L. Moody and Ruby Gillispie Moody opened Moody Funeral Home in Fort Meade, Florida. Mr. and Mrs. Moody purchased the Yearwood family residence located at the corner of East Broadway and North Washington Avenue in Fort Meade, FL. The home originally was built around 1910 as a three story residence, and in the early 1920's the second and third floors burned and the home was rebuilt as a two story home. Dan Moody began renovations on the home in the mid-1960's and after officially opening in 1965 he spanned his career for over 30 years until 1995 in Moody Funeral Home. Upon Mr. Moody's retirement, he sold the business to a large corporation, which after several years slowly declined. Fort Meade is a small town that requires personal attention to every detail, of which Mr. Moody continued during his business throughout his span as owner. The Hancock family, after being longtime, close family friends of the Moody's, knew of this hometown personalization and wanted to build upon this long era of service upon their purchase of the business in 2006.
In August, 2006 the Hancock family purchased the funeral home. Upon one month of renovations, the business re-opened September 29, 2006 as Hancock Funeral Home. After the Hancock family purchase, the funeral home made a quick recovery, and has been returned to its roots of which it was founded.
The Hancock family has deep roots in the Fort Meade community. Allen started in the funeral industry at a young age, working with the Wells Funeral Home in Plant City and then, the former Bevis and Seidel Funeral Homes in Fort Meade along with assisting Dan Moody with the start of his business in 1965. Allen later went on to work and retire from Publix Supermarkets working in their corporate offices over 20 years, while continually working with Dan Moody at Moody Funeral Home in his spare time. Allen is the son of George and Evelyn Forsyth Hancock, who came to Fort Meade in the early 1940's from the Plant City area. George retired from Swift & Co./Estech after 40 years of service, while Evelyn retired from a long tenure of over 30 years with the Polk County School Board as the cafeteria manager of Fort Meade High School.
Marjorie Hancock is the daughter of Charles C. and Lucille Truluck Flood. Marjorie's grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. Luke B. Flood came to Fort Meade from Enniscorthy, County Wexford, Ireland in 1886 on the very first passenger train to enter Fort Meade. Charlie Flood, Marjorie's father was a well known and established citrus grower and one of the founding members of the Peace River Packing Company in Fort Meade. Lucille Truluck Flood managed the family home and took care of the daily activities of the family estate.
As longtime family friends through many years, the Moody's and the Hancock's remained close. When Allen and Marjorie's son Chuck turned 16 years of age in 1986, he began working with Dan Moody, to learn the funeral profession. After a long period of 20 plus years Chuck now holds the title of manager of the funeral home, while Allen works by his side and also takes care of public relations. Marjorie is the book manager for the business and Russell works as the marketing director and assists in the family business. Each member of the Hancock family takes their own separate roles to help make the business a success.
Upon their purchase of the business to operate as Hancock Funeral Home, the Hancock family added a very important addition, not only to the business, but to their family, Mr. Harold Lamb. Mr. Lamb is one of the longest standing funeral directors of Polk County, Florida, and is a native and lifelong resident of Lakeland. Harold is a WW II, U.S. Navy Veteran, serving on the Navy ship, USS Kidd. Mr. Lamb holds several U.S. Naval service awards and he currently serves as the funeral director in charge of Hancock Funeral Home, and brings his many years of experience and personal compassion to the business.
The Hancock family and staff offer their years of combined service, which total over 100 years, to serve the Fort Meade and surrounding areas and to bring comfort and help to the families they serve.