Barbara Jean Caruthers was born on January 24th, 1940 in Mathis, Texas to the late Rev. John C. and Mildred Crenshaw Caruthers. She was an only child and received her early childhood education in the San Patricio County School District. Barbara was a graduate of Mathis High School, where she was involved in basketball, debate team, and other extracurricular activities.
Upon graduating high school, Barbara obtained her higher education at the University of Texas at Austin where she majored and received her Bachelors’ Degree in English. While attending UT, Barbara was a charter member and served as Basileus of the Delta Xi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Delta Xi was the first Black Greek-Letter Organization established at the University of Texas at Austin on May 16, 1959.
Barbara was united in Holy Matrimony on June 27, 1964, to the late Eugene Hancock, and to this union three beautiful and loving children were born, Michael, Stacie, and Kevin Hancock.
She was a supervisor at the Internal Revenue Service for several years, and also served as the EEO Counselor until she decided to become an educator at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Her last position was a Teacher at Travis State Jail, where she retired from in 2008. After many years of hard work, she devoted the rest of her time being the best grandmother, taking her grandchildren to local museums and libraries, sharing recipes teaching them to cook, and teaching them to do everything with love.
She was a devoted member to East 19th Missionary Baptist Church, for over 25 years, where she was a member of the choir and women’s ministry. Barbara would let everyone know that her Christian journey started at a very early age, and that she was well acquainted with her Savior, Jesus Christ.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Eugene Hancock.
Left to cherish and continue her love are her 3 loving children, Michael of Austin, TX; Stacie of Houston, TX; Kevin (Christina) Hancock of Austin, TX. She also leaves 7 beloved grandchildren; Emerald Coleman, Asia Zachary, Nia Zachary, and Makai, Mikhail, Mason, and Major Hancock; Uncle and Aunt: Tommy (Alice) Crenshaw of San Antonio; Brother and Sister-in-law: Norma Jean (Tony) Lawrence of Austin, TX 2 nieces, Judge Lela Mays of Dallas and Erica Lawrence of Katy. Barbara also leaves behind her best friend and cousin-in-law Alma Johnson, and a host of extended family and friends.