James K. Hancock, “Kirk”

Published 4:48 pm Monday, July 3, 2023

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James K. Hancock, “Kirk”, (59), died unexpectedly on Sunday, June 18, 2023, in his hometown of San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. 

“He fought the good fight, He finished the race, He kept the faith. 

There was laid up for him the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, awarded him that day.” 

Kirk was born June 29, 1963, in Atlanta, Georgia to Jim and Carol Hogan Hancock of Dunwoody, Georgia. He graduated from Dunwoody High School in 1981 and Auburn University in 1985. 

During his sophomore year of college, he met the love of his life Ruth Chapman of Houston, Texas. 

They married in June 1987.

Kirk started his career with Arthur Andersen & Co. in Atlanta and later worked for Knology Holdings. In 1997, he relocated his family to LaGrange, Georgia. In March 2001, Kirk joined The North Highland Company as its CFO. 

He oversaw the Company’s growth from six offices to over 20 offices and from revenues of $32 million to over $350 million. 

After a brief retirement, Kirk joined Taylor English Duma LLP, an Atlanta-based law firm, as its first CEO. He retired in March 2021.

Kirk served as the Vice Chair of the Education and Workforce Committee for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce from 2011-2014. 

In 2016, he was elected to Troup County School Board and served as its Chairman from 2018-2020. 

Kirk was an active member of Dunwoody Baptist Church and Rosemont Baptist Church. 

In 2022, Kirk and Ruth relocated to Nicaragua where they served the underserved members of their local community. 

Kirk is survived by his wife, Ruth, and their two children Rachel and Hunter, two grandchildren River Grace and Judson, his parents Jim and Carol Hancock of Dunwoody Georgia, his brother Jay and sister Kristi. 

The family will receive friends Saturday, July 8, 1-2 P.M. at Rosemont Baptist Church, 3794 Hamilton Rd, LaGrange, Georgia, followed by a Celebration of Life at 2 P.M.

Additional information available at HigginsLaGrangeChapel.com or Legacy.com.