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.

Our History

Our Founders 
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 manager.

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

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

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

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

Charles Hess, Mortician

Charles has been a member of the staff since 1977. He has been a licensed mortician for 59 years.


Gary  Hess

Gary Hess, Mortician

Gary has been on staff since 1980, and has been a licensed mortician for 33 years.


Scott  Stewart

Scott Stewart, Mortician

Scott has been on staff since 1992 and has been a licensed mortician for 9 years.


Jeannie  Hale

Jeannie Hale, Assistant Office Manager

Jeannie has been a full time member of the staff since 2002.


Jason  Tinnel

Jason Tinnel, Mortician

Jason has been a member of the staff since 2003. He has been a licensed mortician for 8 years.