More detail on this person: George Edward Handley II George Edward Handley II, 90, longtime resident of western North Carolina , passed away in Asheville, on June 30, of complications following an operation. Born on February 12, 1922 in Corregidor, Philippines, to Sgt. George and Jessie Handley, he grew up in Seattle, where he was one of the Explorer Scouts who took part in the original USGS mapping of Mount St. Helens. He attended the University of Washington before embarking on a career in the US Army that took him around the world. After World War II he was posted to Yokohama, Japan, where he served on war crimes tribunals. There he met and married Kathleen Virginia Garvin (Kakii), daughter of Maj. Gen Crump Garvin of Harrison, Arkansas. and Ollie Tully Garvin of Eufala, Alabama. Originally an artillery man, as a pilot of both small planes and helicopters, he later moved to army aviation. His postings included Ft. Sill, Ft. Leavenworth, Budingen, Germany, Augsburg, Germany; Ft. Rucker, Fort Knox, and Fort Monroe, Va. He served in Korea in 1953-54, and in Vietnam in 1969-70, . Retiring in 1973 after 30 years in the service, he and his family resettled on Beech Mountain near Banner Elk, attracted by the golf and skiing, his two favorite sports. There by started a new career, first in property sales and then as executive director of the Beech Mountain Property Owners Association. In 2006 he and Kakii relocated to Asheville, where he quickly warmed to the quirky mix of people, the culture and the many fine restaurants of the city. He kept up with his family and friends through the magic of the internet and Skype, never shying away from new technology. He passed on to his children a love of camping and skiing, and for smoked turkey and salmon. He is survived by his wife, Garvin Handley and Lorrie Dallek, of Atlanta, Paul and Helene Handley of Washington, DC; Thomas Handley of Asheville, Charles and Margaret Handley of Banner Elk, Anne Handley of Bar Harbor, Maine; Dennis Handley of Aspen, Colorado, and 10 grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 2 pm Wednesday, July 11, 2012, at the Basilica of Saint Lawrence in Asheville, where he was a member.
Burial information: Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery, Black Mountain, NC
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