Obituary: Betty Handy Thomas

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Betty Jean Handy Thomas, age 81 of Dublin gained her wings Tuesday, September 12, 2023 at the Commonwealth Assisted Living Facility, Christiansburg. Born February 3, 1942 she was the daughter of the late Howard Luther Handy & Mary Kathleen Bell Handy. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Bobby Lee Thomas.

She was a graduate of Dublin High School and graduated from New River Community College with a computer science degree.

Betty is survived by her


Rena (Brad) Wilson – Pulaski

Pam (Richard) Palmer – Dublin

Karen (James) Boone – St. Augustine, FL



Caleb (Natalie) Wilson, Courtney Wilson (Winston Zeperlein), Joshua Palmer, Lauren Palmer, Jordan Boone and Nathan Boone *serving in U.S. Navy*


Great Grandchildren – Ella and Lucas Wilson


Sisters – Claudine (Sonny) Lawton, Joyce (Paul) Morris,


Brother – Harold (Evelyn) Handy



Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM – Friday, September 15, 2023 at the Bower Funeral Home-Chapel, Pulaski with Pastor Jim Linkous officiating. Interment will follow at the Highland Memory Gardens, Dublin.


The family will receive friends one hour before service time Friday at the Funeral Home.

To sign Betty’s online guestbook, visit


Bower Funeral Homes, Pulaski is handling the arrangements for the family.