History & Staff
We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.
Ira & Judy Handley are former residents of Hamlin, WV, moving to Danville in 1967 when they established Handley Funeral Home.
Ira is a 1965 graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary
Science, and was licensed by the WV Board of Funeral Directors as an
Embalmer and Funeral Director in the same year. Judy has always been
very active in the day to day operations of the funeral home as office
Our Starting Place
In 1967 we purchased Bradshaw Funeral Home, and began the establishment of Handley Funeral Home. The existing building was used and has been steadily renovated until this present day. The first major renovation was begun in 1972 with another renovation following in 1978, going from what you see here to a modern and up to date facility that you will see as you browse the Facilities section of this web site.
Our Valued Staff
Ira Handley, Owner & Mortician
Ira has owned and operated Handley Funeral Home since its beginning and has been a licensed mortician for 41 years. He is a past president of the WV Funeral Directors Association and is presently serving on the Policy Board for the National Funeral Directors Association.
Judy Handley, Owner and Office Manager
Judy is very active in the day to day operation of the funeral home, and keeps the business operations up to date and running smoothly.
J. T. Handley, Mortician
J. T. is the son of Ira & Judy Handley. He has been a licensed mortician for 15 years, and he also manages Danville Monument Co. a subsidiary of Handley Funeral Home, Inc.
Charles Hess, Mortician
Charles has been a member of the staff since 1977. He has been a licensed mortician for 59 years.
Gary Hess, Mortician
Gary has been on staff since 1980, and has been a licensed mortician for 33 years.
Scott Stewart, Mortician
Scott has been on staff since 1992 and has been a licensed mortician for 9 years.
Jeannie Hale, Assistant Office Manager
Jeannie has been a full time member of the staff since 2002.
Jason Tinnel, Mortician
Jason has been a member of the staff since 2003. He has been a licensed mortician for 8 years.