Gary High School 1914-1978

The Coaldigger





June 25, 1933-Sept 25, 2012

Gary High School class of 1951


Bluefield Daily Telegraph

WELCH — Grady M. Handy, 79, of Welch, died Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012, at the home of his daughter, Debi Vought in Apex, N.C.

Born June 25, 1933 in Halls Mills, N.C., he was the son of the late James Arthur and Ina Rhoades Handy.  

In addition to his parents, his wife, Elizabeth Margaret Handy, and an infant daughter, Diana Lynn Handy, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his daughter, Debra Vought and husband, Chal of Apex, N.C.; two sons, David M. Handy and his wife Elizabeth, of Mount Pleasant, S.C., and their children, Matthew, Aimee, and Andy; and Dwayne K. Handy, and his wife Angela, of Laurel, Md. Three great-grandchildren, Landon and Lilly Pertuset and Ellie Beaty, also survive him.

Raised in Pageton, W.Va., he was a resident of McDowell County most of his life. Grady had been a resident of Welch since 1956 and was an active member of the First Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon and sang in the choir. He served in the military for three years and worked at McDowell County National Bank for more than 43 years. He was a loving husband, a great father, and an excellent bass singer.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at 11 a.m. from the Fanning Funeral Home Chapel in Welch with the Reverend Clay Phillips officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Bluewell.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m.

Grady’s nephews will serve as pallbearers; also serving will be Matthew and Andy Pertuset, David and Elizabeth’s sons.

Memorials, if so desired, may be made to the First Baptist Church in Welch, or to Hospice of Wake County in Raleigh, N.C.

Fanning Funeral Home of Welch is serving the Handy family.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at



Place of Service
Fanning Funeral Home Chapel
Welch WV

Time of Service
Friday, September 28, 2012
11 A.M.

Place of Visitation
Fanning Funeral Home
Welch WV

Time of Visitation
Thursday, September 27, 2012
6 to 8 P.M.

Woodlawn Memorial Park
Bluewell WV