I have known Bubba since he was a baby. I have watched him grow into a young man of twenty-two. I watched him play pee wee and high school football with complete joy. He played with an intensity that was amazing. He was not very tall and he only weighed 136 pounds in high school but, you will never convince those that he tackled. Every time he came off the field he would pull his helmet off and sure enough.....he was grinning from ear to ear.
Bubba has never been seen without a smile on his face. Bubba's nickname should have been prankster. Nothing has ever been sacred to Bubba.....everyone is fair game.
I don't think I have ever seen Bubba without a huge smile on his face. He has always kept his beautiful blonde hair long. When that smile lit up his face those blue eyes would twinkle.
Bubba has always been a kind hearted kid. Everyone loves Bubba. No matter how mad you wanted to get with him you just couldn't. I am talking about a true charmer. One look at that mischievious smile and that twinkle in his eyes and you were lost.
On Saturday, July 12, 2008, Bubba left us. He did not mean to. He really wanted to stay. We wanted him to stay. We want him back.
Bubba left behind his Mom and Dad whom he had an unusually close relationship with. His sister lost her best friend. You seldom saw one without the other. His neice and nephew will forever have a hole in their lives where he should have been. His Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and hundreds and hundreds of friends will forever mourn the loss of Joseph Tyler "Bubba" Hancock. Sleep now our precious boy and know that you are LOVED.