Joshua — William (Dub) David Courtney Jr, 89, died March 17, 2020 at home after a long fight against cancer.
He leaves his wife of 65 years, Lois Maxine (Bratcher) Courtney; his daughter, Pamela Courtney; his daughter, Elizabeth Barnes and her husband Stephen; Granddaughter Michele Gortney and her husband Derek; Granddaughter Krystal Brown and her companion Chase Nunn; Grandson Matt Palmer; Great Grandchildren Mia Gortney, Lily Whitlock, Kennedy Gortney, Avery Gortney and Riley Palmer; and many close friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Mary Holbrook; a granddaughter Elizabeth Whitlock.
Mr. Courtney was born and raised in Smithfield, Texas, the son of William David and Maudie Lee (Halbert) Courtney.
In his teens and twenties, Mr. Courtney spent countless hours working on cars and racing them around town. He also enjoyed playing his guitar with friends. After graduating from high school at age 16, Mr. Courtney went to work for Williamson Dickie. He attended Texas Christian University before joining the Army. He met his wife, Maxine on a blind date in 1951 and they eloped January 27, 1955 in Marietta, OK. Not telling anyone of the marriage until May of that year after her high school graduation.
Mr. Courtney joined the Army in 1950 and served in the Korean War from 1951-1952. In 1956, Mr. Courtney went to work for the U.S. Postal Service where he spent the next 30 years. During those years he attended Oklahoma and Oklahoma State Universities, obtaining his Bachelor’s Degree. After retirement he spent most of his time outside gardening and keeping the land around his home cleared. Mr. Courtney had a passion for gardening. His gardens were the envy of friends and neighbors alike. He took pride in being able to share the bounty with everyone close to him.
Mr. Courtney was extremely mechanically inclined and could fix almost anything. A trait his daughters took full advantage of.
Mr. Courtney was a smart, kind, honest and generous man who will be missed by all who knew him.
A visitation will be open, and Mr. Courtney will be available, Thursday March 19th at Mountain Valley Funeral Home 10am to 5pm. Burial will be private, Friday at Green Acres Memorial Park.
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