OBITUARY: Debbie Hancken


Debbie Hancken, beloved wife, sister, and friend, passed away on November 30, 2023, in Columbia, Tennessee, leaving behind a legacy of warmth, compassion, and a radiant spirit.

Born on October 8, 1958, in Pensacola, Florida, Debbie was the cherished daughter of Johnnie Ray Holcomb and Wilda Mansfield Holcomb.

Debbie’s life was marked by a vibrant personality and an unwavering passion for helping others. Her commitment to making a positive impact in the lives of those around her was evident in the way she approached her relationships and work. Debbie found joy in extending a helping hand to those in need, embodying kindness and empathy.

A fashion enthusiast, Debbie expressed her creativity and style during her time at Maurice’s, where she worked prior to her passing. Affectionately referred to as “Ms. Debbie” by her coworkers, she made lasting impressions with her warm demeanor and a smile that could light up any room. Her colleagues fondly remember her as not just a colleague but as a friend who made the workplace a brighter and happier space.

Debbie is preceded in death by her parents, Johnnie Ray Holcomb and Wilda Mansfield Holcomb, and her siblings, Julie and Gary Holcomb. Although she has left this world, the memories of her love, laughter, and kindness will forever be etched in the hearts of those who knew her.

Debbie is survived by her husband and the love of her life, Joseph Sanford Hancken, who shared countless cherished moments and a deep bond with her. She is also survived by her brother, Mike (Laura) Holcomb, her mother-in-law, Wanda Brice and sister-in-law, Libby Talking Wolf. Together, they mourn the loss of a remarkable woman whose absence will be deeply felt.

Debbie Hancken will be dearly missed, but her spirit lives on in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know and love her. May she rest in peace, surrounded by the love and warmth she so freely shared during her time on Earth.

A service for Debbie will be on Wednesday, December 6, 2023 at 2:00 PM at Williams Funeral Home in Columbia, Tennessee.

Williams Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences can be given to the family at


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