Mr. Albert Einstein Handy

Funeral Notice


Mr. Albert Einstein Handy, 93, of Baltimore, MD (formerly of LaFayette) died Friday, January 19, 2024, at his residence Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2024, at Powell Chapel United Methodist Church, LaFayette at 12:00 p.m. (CST) with Rev. Kelsey Barnes & Rev. Dr. Randy B. Kelley officiating. Interment will be in Essie J. Handy Memorial Cemetery, LaFayette.  The remains will lie in state at the church from 11:00 a.m. (CST) until the funeral hour. Public viewing and visitation with the family will be Friday, January 26, 2024, from 2:00 6:00 p.m. (CST) at Vines Funeral Home Chapel.  
If you are unable to attend, the service will be live streamed on Vines Funeral Home Facebook page.
Mr. Handy was born on December 2, 1930, in the Powder Town section of LaFayette and was the last of the 10 children of Elisha and Essie Handy.  He attended Chambers County Training School (CCTS) where his father, Elisha, was the Principal.   Mr. Handy went on to attend North Carolina Central University where he received a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Physical Education.  He completed training at Tuskegee University to become a corrective therapist and concluded his post graduate studies years later for New York State Certification as School District Administrator from St. John’s University in New York.  Mr. Handy served in the 82nd Airborne Division of the United States Army and received an Honorable Discharge.  He worked at VA hospitals around the country.  He volunteered for service in the Peace Corps and worked in Ankara, Turkey teaching Corrective Therapy to University students at Haceteppe Children’s Hospital.  By 1968, Mr. Handy secured a Physical Education teaching position in Westbury High School on Long Island. During the summers he continued working in programs such as Open Door and Americorps and continued in service around the world, including traveling to Peru to help after a devastating earthquake.
Mr. Handy was one of the first Black teachers in Westbury, New York and throughout his career he fought for the rights of minority staff and students.  Mr. Handy spent time all over the world, but LaFayette was always home.  He always enjoyed retracing his first paper route through LaFayette on summer visits with his family.  He attended his family church, Powell Chapel, and supported the “Back to School Bash” events to help get students ready for the new school year.  He remained dedicated to his family cemetery and was especially proud when the State of Alabama listed the Handy Cemetery on the Alabama Historic Cemetery Register.  He had plans to build a family home in LaFayette, but his medical needs kept him from fulfilling that dream.  Mr. Handy was most proud of being able to see his four children grow up and become “difference-makers” in their communities.  His five grandchildren also brought him so much joy.  As soon as the grandkids came in the house they would immediately ask, “Where’s Grandpa? Where’s Grandpa?” and ran to him.
Mr. Handy is survived by his devoted wife of 43 years, Cathy; five children; Alicia (John) Handy, Chicago, Illinois; Catherine (Byron) Marshall, Baltimore, MD; Albert (Jill) Handy, New York City; and Elizabeth (Rue) Laidler-Handy, Hong Kong and five grandchildren; thirteen brothers & sisters-in-law and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
In Memory of Albert E. Handy, donations may be made to the Essie J. Handy Cemetery Association, Account No. 2036911, c/o Farmers & Merchants Bank, P. O. Box 128, LaFayette, Alabama 36862.  The Cemetery Association is planning to construct a Gazebo in the Cemetery.

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Mr Handy is how he will always be remembered as he was my high school gym teacher who taught me more than just how to excel in sports. He showed me the way to enjoy athletics and display good sportsmanship “on and off the courts”. My deepest and heartfelt condolences to all the Handy family.

Our deepest sympathy to Cathy and her entire family. May memories of AL comfort & sustain you during this difficult time & beyond. Love, Mary Campbell & Family

Sending love and condolences to Cathy, children, grandchildren, and all the Handy family. I remember Albert as a devoted family man. Albert was a man who loved much and who was much loved. He left a great legacy of love and respect for family and all humanity. His departure is a great loss to his family and all who knew him. Though he’s no longer with us, he left a treasure of memories to last for a lifetime. I pray the Lord will continue to comfort the family in this great loss. Thank God for Albert’s devoted wife Cathy and their four beautiful children who stood by him until the end.

Uncle Al was always a quiet, comforting, and wise presence in my life from when I met him, working in Westbury with Cathy, my work mom, 20 years ago. I will miss him so much. May he rest in eternal peace and may God bring comfort to all his family, who continue Al's work bringing light and Beauty to this Dark World. Sending love.

Sending love and prayers to the Handy family during this tough time. Love you all.

Sending love to Cathy and childrens. And the Handy family.

Condolences and prayers to Cathy and family. May you and your family be comforted and maintain strength during this time of bereavement. Love and blessings.

Our heart warm condolences to the handy family as Mr. Al Handy was a big part of our lives. We’re gonna miss him here on Franklin st his memory will live on. Love Regina, Roger,Jayson, Jeannine,Jarrett &Joshua

Our thoughts and love to the family. It is our loss having never had the honour of meeting Albert who was obviously a wonderful person who lived his life to the full.

Franklin Street will never be the same again. Much love and condolences to the all members of the Handy family.

Whenever I visited Cathy and Al, I always referred to him as " Ali Bey " that's how they called him in Türkiye. He told me his adventures in Ankara and Europe. We broke bread together , he liked eating Turkish food , and some other spicy ethnic foods from middle east. What a gentle and caring soul. May he enter through the gates of Paradise. May his family have comfort during this difficult time, and each have long and healthy years to come while they cherish every memory of him until they all meet again after this temporary life on earth...

Dearest Cathy, Children and Grandchildren, I’m sorry for your loss. You, your family and your loved ones will be in my thoughts and prayers. I know that Al will be truly missed by all. As a co-worker, I will always remember his warm smile and caring thoughts for the students at Westbury H.S.and a guiding light for all. I understand these difficult times your family is going through. Always remember the happy memories that you shared with him. My deepest sympathy, Shirley Bonner

Much love to Cathy and the Handy family.

Our love and thoughts of comfort to Cathy and family. Albert will be greatly missed by all our DOMAP family.

Our love and prayers for comfort and strength during this time of bereavement. He will be especially missed by his DOMAP family! All the best to Cathy, the children, and grandchildren.

Rest in eternal peace, Uncle Albert. Love and prayers to Aunt Cathy, children, extended family and, friends.

Thinking of y’all in this difficult time!

We send all of our love and hold the Handy Family in our hearts and prayers.

RIP uncle Al you and brothers and sisters your brothers are all together again. Thank you for your service to this great country of ours.

Sending my love to Aunt Cathy and the Handy Kids. Love you all.


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