Obituary: Lisa Ann NeSmith Handley


Lisa Ann NeSmith Handley, age 60 of Blountsville, passed away the Nov. 12, 2022, at Marshall Medical Center. Lisa was born March 3, 1962, in Arab, AL, the third daughter of Rev. Clatus and Margret Holaway NeSmith.

In 1980, she graduated from JB Pennington High School and married Rod Handley on Dec. 12. Lisa enjoyed home schooling her children and working in her yards and all things “granny vintage.”

Lisa was preceded in death by parents, Rev. Clatus and Margret NeSmith; sister Judy Gail Stricklin; grandchildren Handley and Lillie Jayde.

Lisa leaves behind her loving husband, James Rodney Handley; son, Jonathan (Kelly) Handley; daughter Meaghan (Darrell) Avans; grandchildren, Lydia Rose Avans, Gabriel Christian Handley, Garrett Crew Handley, Silas Cade Avans, Mary Caroline Avans, and Abigail Faith Avans; sister, Joyce NeSmith (Ronald) Ingram; and a host of nieces and nephews and other family and friends.

We are so blessed to have known her as our wife, mother, sister, and friend. She was a sainted mother who unselfishly cared for others. Her life story is one of service to countless people. She loved everyone. Her children and grandchildren were her greatest source of joy and pride.

She was so grateful to God for saving “an ole sinner like me.” His blood is the only thing she would claim as being good about herself. Lisa’s love of music was exemplified by the songs of praise she constantly sang and hummed as she went about life day by day. Music was one of the many avenues of worship to our Lord and Savior. She loved playing the piano and singing with her children and grandchildren. Church was a great part of Lisa’s life.

Lisa got saved when she was a seven-year-old little girl at Ketona Baptist Church in Tarrant, AL where her daddy was the pastor. She was a charter member of Calvary Missionary Baptist Church and a faithful member of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. For many years, Lisa has taught little children in Sunday school, sharing Bible lessons from God’s Holy Word, and making the lessons memorable with songs and activities.

Lisa found beauty in the smallest things. She loved anything and everything in God’s creation. All flowers were beautiful to Lisa, yet her favorite was by far pink roses. Giving is one word that describes Lisa perfectly. She would go out of her way to find the best gift to give others, always wanting to share her bountiful blessings from the Lord and gave freely to everyone she met.

Funeral Service will be held on Wed. Nov. 16, 2022, at 11 a.m. at Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, 70621 Main St. Blountsville, AL 35031. Bro. Stanley Jones, Bro. Eric Stone, Bro. Joel Sims and Bro. Earl Harper officiating. Burial will follow in Liberty Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be at the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church on Tues. Nov. 15th, from 6-8 p.m. and she will lie in state on Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. Serving as Pallbearers will be Bro. Will Fallin, Bro. Mac McHan, Bro. Blake McHan, Bro. Jonathan Johnson, Bro. Mike Quick and Bro. Jared Samples. Blountsville Funeral Home is directing.