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Harris - Nadeau Mortuary
Wednesday December 22nd, 2021
6:00pm - 7:00pm

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Celebration of Life

Harris - Nadeau Mortuary
Wednesday December 22nd, 2021

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David Gordon Handy

David Gordon Handy

Chesnee, SC.

David Gordon Handy, 88, passed away December 15, 2021 at Spartanburg Medical Center. Born March 9, 1933 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, he was the son of late Dr. Russell F. Handy and Irene Drummond Handy. He was predeceased by his brother, Dr. R. Franklin Handy, Jr.
He is survived by his wife, Emily Easler-Handy, his son, Thomas F. Handy, daughter in law, Martha H. Handy, granddaughter, Madison Raye Handy, sister, Catherine H. Elkiss of Catonsville, MD, sisters in law, Delores Handy of Tallahassee, FL, Judy Casey and Dana Stepp of Spartanburg and numerous nieces and nephews.
David attended Franklin College in Indiana and graduated from the University of Miami in Florida with a degree in Radio-Television and Journalism. He served two years with the Armed Forces Radio Network at the 38th Parallel in Korea.
He joined Spartan Radiocasting Corporation/ WSPA-TV in 1960 and was the News Anchor and editorial presenter for many years. During the 70’s he hosted WSPA’s “Dialogue” program during which he worked hard to promote racial understanding. He retired from WSPA management in 1986 and purchased an AM/FM station in Georgia. On his return to South Carolina and during his retirement years he worked part time for Gilbert Motor Company in Chesnee.
David served on the boards of many nonprofit organizations and was a past president of the Spartanburg Civitan Club. An avid Atlanta Braves fan he watched every game and was delighted with their 2021 wins. He was always kind and respectful to everyone and is greatly missed by family and friends.
A celebration of life memorial service conducted by Reverend Joey Turner will be held Wednesday, December 22, 2021 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM at Harris-Nadeau Mortuary with receiving of friends from 6:00 to 7:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, www.pancan.org.
Online condolences may be expressed by visiting www.harrisnadeaumortuary.com
Harris-Nadeau Mortuary
Chesnee, SC.

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I remember watching Mr. Handy when I was a child and had forgotten him. This video refreshed my memory of that time. You finished the race now rest.

Patrick McCullough Jan 7 2022 8:16 AM

A candle was lit in memory of David Handy

Patrick McCullough Jan 7 2022 8:12 AM

Sending my condolences to the entire Handy family.

Mike Roper Dec 22 2021 6:28 PM

I've known Dave since the 60's . I can honestly say that he was always "easy-going and cool-tempered." He Never complained, even if he was asked to make a grocery run,(no matter the time of day Or night). I don't think I ever heard him complain about anything… Dave Handy was a good guy.

Dana Dec 22 2021 5:37 PM

Our hearts are broken for Dave's family. He was a talented TV and Radio personality and a gentle man. Our prayers are with the entire family. May you find comfort in knowing that he is no longer sick or in pain. God bless you and give you peace. Kelly and Gwen Clary

Kelly and Gwen Clary Dec 21 2021 8:42 PM

A candle was lit in memory of David Handy

Leslie Scruggs Dec 21 2021 9:33 AM

I remember Dave from my years working at WSPA. He was a great journalist.

Judy Whitt Neal Dec 20 2021 12:22 PM

I worked with Dave in the newsroom at WSPA from 1971 to 1979. Dave and I became good friends. It was, I believe, in the mid to late 1980's that Dave told me he was planning to buy an FM station in another state. I knew Emily through her work on my tax returns over the years. My prayers for Emily and family.

Gerald "Wayne" Harris Dec 20 2021 11:04 AM

A candle was lit in memory of David Handy

Kay Gooch Dec 19 2021 3:53 PM

A candle was lit in memory of David Handy

Fran Bagwell Dec 19 2021 2:59 PM

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