Lucille S. Hancock Gilland
December 16, 2021
Gilbert, South Carolina – A Life Service Celebration for Ms. Lucille S. Hancock Gilland, 92, will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church, 1205 Old Cherokee Road, Lexington, SC 29072 Reverend Jeff Kersey and Reverend Shane McDaniel will officiate. Visitations with family and friends will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. prior to the church service. A private funeral will take place after the service. Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel, Irmo, help the family.
Ms. Lucille was surrounded by her loved ones when she passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, December 16, 2021. Born in Gaston, SC, she was the daughter of the late Lemuel H. and Maudie Hilson Sightler. She was predeceased by her husband, Reginald Hancock, and her second husband, Elroy E. Gilland. She was also predeceased by three sisters, four brothers and her granddaughter, Amanda Jane Hancock.
She was a devoted follower of Jesus Christ. She and Reginald were members of State Street Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School at age three, and God only knows how many children learned of Jesus from Mrs. Lucille. She was a proud military wife of Reginald, but was a widow with their four children when her beloved husband passed away suddenly in 1967.
In her early teens her heart of service began. She was a hostess serving cakes at the Wade Hampton in Columbia. She taught cake decorating at the Airport High Vocational School for adults. She has been a wedding caterer and special events organizer. Its beautifully decorated multi-level pound cakes have been prepared for all family weddings.
She later married Elroy E. Gilland in 1972 and they were members of the First Calvary Baptist Church, where she loved the nursery children. Over the years, she loved taking care of all the children in her family while their parents were working.
Ms. Lucille always made kind gestures for others, not only for the family but also for her friends and neighbors. She was a wonderful cook and rarely met a stranger. If you had the chance to eat a meal at her house, you would always leave full of it and with plenty of food to go. God definitely gave him the gifts of service and hospitality.
She was a passionate gardener who enjoyed being outdoors, soaking up the sun, and working hard. She had her own vegetable garden and her own pecan farm and it gave her great joy to share the fruits of her labor with others. She even drove out of town during the fishing season to pick them up to give to everyone.
Ms. Lucille was a beautiful earthly example of how God wants us to love one another. Even while she was temporarily in a nursing home, she still took care of and relieved the residents and staff around her. One Christmas, her family decided that they would each choose a scripture that described her. There were 35 scriptures and only two of them were the same. Lucille, “Grandma”, “Grandma” left a legacy lasting enough for generations.
The survivors are his daughter, Linda Holliman (Ed) de Gilbert; son, Stephen Hancock of San Diego, CA., David Hancock (Laine Dunbar) of Columbia, retired Colonel Joseph R. Hancock of Gilbert; granddaughters, Jessica McDaniel (Shane) of Gilbert, Sara Guyton (Kyle) of Gilbert; grandsons, Matt Holliman (JoDee) of Gilbert, Austin Robertson (Sara) of Raleigh, NC; granddaughter, Audrey Hancock of San Diego; grandson, Travis Hancock (Alexis Marsh) of Brevard, North Carolina; granddaughter, Carrie Brown (Lucas) of Columbia; grandsons, Justin Hancock of Irmo, SC, Benjamin Hancock (Greta) of Pelion, SC; granddaughters, Rachel Wingard (Kennith) of Evans, GA, Kelsey Hancock of Irmo, SC, Shelby Hancock of Gilbert. 15 great-grandchildren also survive; one brother, LH Sightler (Amelia) and dear nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank their friends and neighbors who have visited them over the years. They are very grateful for the love and care she received from Janet Hancock.
Briefs can be made at Harvest Hope Food Bank, 2220 Shop Road, Columbia, SC 29201 or American Heart Association, PO Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692.
Memories can be shared at www.dunbarfunerals.com.

Posted by The State on Dec 19, 2021.


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