of the Iowa-Des Moines Annual Conference
He served What Cheer charge three years; Washington, two years; Grinnell, five years. Bishop Edwin H. Hughes, transferred him to the Des Moines Conference, and he was stationed at Atlantic, 1912-16, he had the labor of building a church and entertaining the Conference; Creston, 1917-20; Corydon, 1921; Carroll, 1922-24; Valley Junction, 1925-26; Elliott, 1927-28. His health breaking through the exposure incident to his work, he was retired in 1929. His entire ministry had been that of a successful preacher, a popular pastor, a faithful and zealous worker for the Church of God, a booster for the town and community where he lived. He made friends for the Kingdom of our blessed Lord wherever he was appointed, and won many souls for God.
He appeared to the best advantage in his domestic circle which he called and loved as home. On July 17, 1882, in the Wesleyan church, in Dudley, England, Reverend Henry Scholfield united him in marriage with Miss Anna Maria Southall, of Dudley. Five daughters and four sons were born to this happy union. One son, died in infancy. All the rest have received special training educationally above High School. At his death the family who mourned his departure, consisted of his widow, Miss Alice Elizabeth , a teacher in Boone; Rev. W. S. Handy, pastor at Goldfield, Northwest Iowa Conference; Donald J. of Norwood, New York; Miss Mary Louisa, at home; Mrs. Dillon Manchester, of Leon, Iowa; Mrs. D. C. Henry, Missionary of Sayo, Africa; Mrs. Frank Hanson, Peoria, Illinois; and Walter Newton Handy, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Brother Handy and his good companion were privileged on July 17, 1932, at Boone, to celebrate the fiftieth Anniversary of their wedding. It was a most joyous occasion to all concerned.
The funeral services for Brother Handy took place from First Methodist church, in Boone, and were in charge of the family pastor, Rev. Frank G. Bean. A goodly company of ministers of the Conference were present. The funeral liturgy of the church was read; while the "Pastoral Symphony" from the "Messiah" was played by the organist. The Superintendent of Boone District offered prayer. Rev. William A. Longnecker, of Sigourneyh, a fellow classmate in the Conference, paid a beautiful tribute to his memory. At its close the body was by six of his brother ministers borne to a shady nook and laid to rest in the beautiful Linwood Park cemetery, East, Boone, Iowa.