Albert J. Headley, 70, an attorney with the Veterans Administration for more than 25 years and a lifelong resident of Washington, died at Georgetown University Hospital Thursday following a stroke.

Mr. Headley was born in Southwest Washington and graduated from Eastern High School. He later attended the Bliss Electrical School and earned a law degree from National Law School.

In about 1928, he went to work for the Potomac Electric Power Co. and became a power station operator. In the mid-1930s, he joined Capital Transit Co. as an attorney in the claims department.

During World War II, he served in the Provost General's office of the Army Air Corps. He was in charge of Air Corps plant security in the United States. He was awarded the Legion of Merit and the Order of the British Empire for his work. TR FOR ADD ONE ADD ONE HEADLEY OBIT -- L

Mr. Headley joined the legal staff of the Veterans Administration in 1946. At the time of his retirement in 1972, he was a member of the agency's Board of Veterans Appeals, which decides disputes concerning veterans benefits.

Apart from his professional work, he was an active member of the Southwest Citizens Association. He opposed the manner in which the Redevelopment Land Agency carried out the extensive redevelopment of Southwest Washington in the 1950s and 1960s.

Mr. Hearley also was a lifelong member of St. Dominic's parish, a member of the Holy Name Society, the St. Vincent de Paul Society, and the John Carroll Society.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret Shireman Headley, whom he married in 1947, of the home in Washington, and a sister, Mary Musick, also of Washington.