Veteran reporter Orville Hancock dead at 86

May 17, 2011 1:58:52 AM PDT
Veteran newspaper reporter Orville C. Hancock, who interviewed Elvis Presley and covered the civil rights movement for more than two decades before ending his career in North Texas, has died at age 86. Pauline Hancock, his wife of 59 years, said he died Friday at a Fort Worth hospital. His funeral is pending in Memphis, Tenn., where he spent 24 years as a reporter and editor with the Memphis Press-Scimitar before the afternoon daily closed in 1983.

It was there that he interviewed Presley several times and became well-acquainted with the superstar. His wife said Presley would casually drop by the Press-Scimitar newsroom to chat with reporters. After the Press-Scimitar closed, he moved to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, where he retired in March 1992.