In Memory

Leo Farris Handley (Teacher 1957-1969; Principal 1969-1980)

Leo Farris Handley

(May 6, 1934 - January 19, 1983)

Leo Farris Handley, son of Luel M. Handley and Myra Lee Clark, married to Nancy Lou Cary and buried in Tuscola Cemetery, Tuscola, Taylor County, Texas.  First Jim Ned Consolidated Independent School District High School Math Teacher (1957-1969);  Principal (1969-1980).

Branch 1: ARMY - Vietnam
Enlistment Date 1: 24 Jul 1961
Release Date 1: 20 Aug 1962

Farris Handley was born and raised in Ralls, Texas, where he graduated from Lubbock High School.  He attended Texas Tech University for two years before moving to our community and graduating from Hardin-Simmons University with a Bachelors and Masters degree in Math and Science.

On December 21, 1957, he married Nancy Lou Cary.  He is survived by his wife Nancy and three children - Douglas, Gala and Summer.

Farris Handley was an active member in our school system.  He served as a teacher from 1957-1969, principal 1970-1980, and had been a member of our school board since 1981.  He was a loyal supporter in our community, where he was involved in City Council, Booster Club, PTO, and a faithful Christian member of the Tuscola Methodist Church where serving as music director.  Those who knew him, loved him; those who didn't, missed a blessing.

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24/02/09 12:14 PM #1    

Michael Smith (1964)

a great teacher and man

22/07/11 04:37 PM #2    

Judy Cole (1964)

Mr Handley was one of my teachers and one of the most loved by all!! 

14/07/12 01:42 PM #3    

Steve Barbee (1962)

Mr. Handley was one of my favorite teachers.  He made me love Algebra.  Because of him, I went to West Point, did great in math and later went back to teach math at West Point as an Army officer.  Mr. Handley was the one responsible!  He was also my coach in the pole vault in track which I thoroughly enjoyed.


Steve Barbee

Jim Ned class of 1962

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