A funeral service will be held at 2 p. m. on Saturday, February 18, at Draper Pentecostal Holiness Church in Draper Village in Eden, North Carolina. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service (1 - 2 p. m.) at the church and other times at the home. Burial will follow in Danview Cemetery.
Born in Eden, NC, he was the son of the late Richard Samuel and Lorene Hughes Handy. He served in the United States Army, and was a former postal clerk in the US Post Office in Eden, for 25 years. He managed Handyman Repairs into his retirement years. Mr. Handy was a member of the Draper Pentecostal Holiness Church in Eden, serving as a Deacon.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Sylvia Wray Handy of the home; sister, Virginia Handy Raileanu of Eden; brother, Wayne Dillard Handy (Catherine) of Dry Fork, VA; sister-in-law, Bonnie Wray Todd of Eden; brother-in-law, Randolph Lee Smith of Colorado Springs, CO; nieces and nephews, LaDonna Person (The Reverend Jeff) of Plymouth, NC, Samuel Raileanu of Eden, Janet Barber (Tim) of Dry Fork, VA, Judy Crews (Lin) of Dry Fork, VA, Randi Odil (Mike) of Colorado Springs, CO, Kent Smith (Paula) of Aurora, CO, The Reverend Mr. Jonathan Todd (Tammy) of Eden.
Besides his parents, Mr. Handy was predeceased by sister, Nellie Jean Clark and sister-in-law, Elizabeth Wray Smith.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Draper Pentecostal Holiness Church, 200 S. Bethel Street, Eden, NC 27288.
Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.fairfuneralhome.com.
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[Editor's Comment: I take this opportunity to say "thank you" to Hugh and Lois Hoyle for alerting me to the death of Jack Handy. I have known Jack and Sylvia for many years. The Draper Pentecostal Holiness Church is Melvine's home church and where she and I were united in marriage on August 13, 1960. I have fished with Jack and a number of the men of the Draper P. H. Church at Nags Heads, NC on at least two occasions. Those were times of great fellowship and spiritual renewal as we prayed and read the Bible, and talked about the goodness, grace, and love of God.
Jack was a dedicated Christian and a true disciple of Christ. Sylvia, his darling wife, is the church organist She has a wonderful ministry of sending cards to those who are sick, on their birthdays, and anniversaries. We always treasure receiving these cards from Sylvia. She selects each one with great care. Her ministry is far greater than she realizes.]