Eleanor B “Bea” House Handley, 85, of Florahome, passed from this life on Saturday, August 26, 2023 at her home following an extended illness.
Bea Handley, originally of Kentucky, chose to live in Florida and eventually settled in Florahome. She was the wife of Jerry Ellis Handley; their only daughter is Jeri Handley Keene, married to Jeremy. Bea was previously wed and bore five other children: Eddie Smith, married to Diane; Ronnie Smith, dating Dana; Lonnie Smith, married to Terri; Donnie Smith, married to Sandy; Cherie Smith, married to Kevin Sawyer.
Bea is survived by her husband and all of her six children. Together they have given her twenty-three grandchildren and nearly a dozen great-grandchildren.
Bea was preceded in death by her grandparents, aunts and uncles, her own parents, Samuel Beckham House and Lucy Greer of London, Kentucky, and all of her siblings and their spouses: Steve House and Joan Gumm of London, Kentucky; Louis Jean “Tiny” House and Edward “Bill” Moren of Munford, Tennessee; Mary Lou “Cotton” House and Leroy Hundley of London, Kentucky; Hazel Joan House and Arnold Yaden of Hamilton, Ohio; Bea’s twin brother Frank House and Jackie Grant of Fairfield, Ohio; Ford Dean House of London, Kentucky; Peggy Ann House and Walter Watson, Jr. of London, Kentucky; and Margaret Jane House, as well as her daughter-in-law, Josie Hyatt Smith, several close cousins, nieces, and nephews.
There will be no wake or indoor service; instead, a graveside service is planned for Tuesday, September 5, 2023, at 4:00 pm at Pine Lawn Cemetery in Interlachen, Florida with Bro. Ricky Bybee officiating. All mourners are welcome. Flowers for the deceased will be received with gratitude.
Memories and condolences may be expressed to the family at Bea’s Book of Memories page at www.johnsonoverturffunerals.com .
Arrangements are entrusted to Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka.