John Davis Handley

Funeral services were held July 20 at First Baptist Madison for Dr. John Davis Handley.

Dr. Handley, 58, went to be with his Lord July 15, at his home in Madison, after a brief battle with cancer.

John was born November 1, 1958 in Picayune, to Jane Anne and Donald Handley. He attended Picayune Memorial High School, the University of Mississippi, School of Pharmacy and the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

John married Beth Kahlstorf Handley November 23, 1996. Prior to his 25-year commitment to family dentistry, he worked as a pharmacist at the VA in Jackson. He was active in his community, volunteering at the Medical Dental Clinic at Mission First as well as an active long-time member of First Baptist Church of Jackson. John loved and supported all things Ole Miss athletics and prided himself on being a season ticket holder since his college days. He not only bought season football tickets, but often traveled to away games to cheer on the Rebels. John also loved his many dogs, spending time with his family and watching reruns of the Andy Griffith Show.

John is survived by his loving wife, Beth; daughter Sommer Ballard (Luke) of Little Rock; brother Richard Handley (Kay) of San Antonio; sister Elizabeth Handley of Jackson; father-in-law David Kahlstorf (Ouida) of Ridgeland; sisters-in-law Dee Gasdick (Jeff) of Orlando, and Miki Key (Jackie) of Brandon; and a host of loving nieces and nephews, and many friends. 

Memorials may be made to Webster Animal Shelter, 525 Post Oak Rd. Madison, Miss., 39110.

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