Carol Stevens Hancock (DEMOREST, Ga.)

DEMOREST, Ga. - Portrayed at age seventy as an "Ageless Achiever" in the Atlanta Journal- Constitution's Atlanta Weekly Magazine, Carol Stevens Hancock continued to achieve and inspire until her peaceful death at age ninety- four. Teacher, perennial gardener, mentor, drama coach, wildflower expert, birdwatching enthusiast, tireless volunteer, as well as devoted wife, mother and grandmother, Carol was held in high esteem by all who knew her. Inveterate walker, she led wildflower hikes for Tallulah Falls community members and enjoyed backpacking in her beloved Blue Ridge mountains, including annual ascents of Mt. LeConte. Descendant of the Rader-Noble family, pioneer settlers of Mercer County, Illinois, and born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Carol moved with her parents from Portland, Oregon to Demorest, Georgia in 1921. Her father, Homer William Stevens, LLD, and her mother, Della Goding Stevens, were educators. Homer was a revered professor at Piedmont College, and Della was known statewide for her geranium greenhouses. Carol's sister, Barbara Stevens Cobb resides in Athens, Georgia. Carol was married to the late Brannon Hancock for fifty-four years, and together they raised Shorthorn cattle on the family farm for decades. Carol's long professional career included teaching at Tallulah Falls School, North Habersham High School, Demorest Elementary School, Clarkesville Elementary School and Habersham Mills School. After her first retirement, she became historian and museum director at Tallulah Falls School. Her book The Light in the Mountains is the history of Tallulah Falls School. Carol graduated from Piedmont College and received her Master of Arts in education from the University of Georgia. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma honorary teaching society, and she served in a host of community organizations including Habersham Arts Council and Demorest Woman's Club. Carol is survived by daughter Barbara Jarrard, daughter Paige Harvey and son-in-law, Bruce Harvey, son Steve Hancock and daughter-in-law, Susan Hancock. Her grandchildren are Jimmy Jarrard, Carol Jarrard Bennett, Brannon Hancock, Thomas Hancock, Kyle Hancock, and Colby Dean. Carol is also survived by five great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at Demorest Federated Church at 12:30 PM on April 5, 2009. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the following: Homer W. Stevens Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o Piedmont College, 165 Central Avenue, Demorest, GA 30535 or The Soque Watershed Association, P.O. Box 1901, Clarkesville, GA 30523 Sign the guestbook at

The Augusta Chronicle-April 4, 2009