Fannie D. Handsford

Published 5:01 pm Monday, February 28, 2011

Jan. 8, 1936 –

Feb. 22, 2011

Funeral services for Fannie D. Handsford, 75, of Bainbridge, Ga., were held on Saturday, Feb. 26, at Greater Macedonia M.B. Church with the Rev. Eric D. Collins officiating.

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Interment followed at Jonas Lobe Cemetery with Tyrone Bush, Willie C. Handsford Sr., Willie James Handsford, Horace Jackson, T. Jan Perry, Damon Mackey, Terry Sims and Willie Sims as active pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were deacons and trustees of Great Macedonia M.B. Church.

Born on Jan. 8, 1936 to Nathaniel and Alberta Cauley Donalson, Mrs. Handsford died on Feb. 22, 2011.

She was a graduate of Hutto High School and Spelman College in Atlanta, Ga., where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English. After leaving college, she began her teaching career, which spanned more than 30 years.

Mrs. Handsford was a long time member and a deaconess with Greater Macedonia M.B. Church, served as its historian and was a member of the Jubilee Choir, Mission and Golden Girls Ministry. She was also a member of the Club Allegro, Order of the Eastern Star, HERO Foundation, NAACP, Bainbridge College Ambassadors, Decatur County Library Board and the Decatur County Retired Educators Association.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Handsford.

She is survived by a daughter, Marion Bush of Bainbridge; a brother, John Oliver Donalson of New York, N.Y.; a stepdaughter, Angela Clemons of Albany, Ga.; a devoted cousin, Hedy White of New York, N.Y.; several nieces, nephews, in-laws and a host of friends.

Guyton Brothers Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.