Handy graduated from Carbon Hill High School, and was in the process of signing with University of Alabama to play football when a knee injury altered his chances. Never getting to play for "The Bear" was his greatest regret.
He loved to fish and hunt. His favorite form of hunting was turkey hunting. He taught his daughter, Lindsey to call a turkey at a young age. Delbert and Lindsey won many trophies for turkey calling.
Handy was known to be a quiet, soft spoken and kind person. He learned these traits from studying Yoshi and Shotokan. He received a black belt in Yosheki and a brown belt in Shodakon. In his early years, he taught classes in both arts.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Delbert Handy Sr. and Ola Rutledge Handy; sister, Linda Birdyshaw; brother, Bobby Birdyshaw; father-in-law, O'Neil Baughn; sister-in-law, Connie Norris; and nephew, Jerome Norris.
He is left to be missed and always loved by his wife, Jan Handy of Jasper; daughter and son-in-law, Lindsey and Ryan Conner of Johns Creek, Ga.; son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Leslie Maddox of Alabaster; his precious granddaughter, "Peanut" Lucy Grace Conner; mother-in-law, Lucy Baughn of Eldridge; sisters and brother-in-Iaws, Alan and Clara Patton of Eldridge, Mickey and Patti Davis of Jasper; nieces, Alana Beth Patton of Nashville, Tenn. and Kimberly Davis of Jasper and Jessica (Darren) Hannah of Lynn; nephews, Kevin (Cheryl) Laird of Jasper and Justin (Mandy) Norris of Jasper; brother-in-law, Kendall Norris of Lynn; and special friends Bob and Alcie Pickett of Jasper.
The family will receive friends at Kilgor-Green today, July 6, 2013, at 10 a.m. with funeral services to follow at 1 p.m. Burial will be at Kelly Cemetery at Eldridge.
Kilgore-Green Funeral Home, Jasper; 205-384-9503