Anthony Tony Cole Courts, age 69, passed away on October 19, 2012. Anthony was born on September 11, 1943 to James Coley Courts and Mary Louise Bonin Courts. He graduated from Beaumont High School in 1962. Tony was a consistent sales achiever who always stood out above his peers in sales, not only in South Texas but in the U.S. Anthony Tony worked as a financial advisor at MetLife for 45 years and was well recognized in the insurance industry as a leader. He received numerous prestigious awards throughout his career including: Leaders Conference; 5 times qualified Million Dollar Round Table; Chairman's Awards with Kestler Financial Group; and Masters Forum Platinum Club Producer for Allianz. Anthony was a loving father, brother, uncle, father-in-law, genuine friend, mentor and confidant. He never met a stranger. He had a love for people and everyone loved him. To him everyone was Babe. His hobbies included a love for all cars, hot rods, vintage and new. Anthony is survived by his two children, Holly A. Clapp (Norman), and L. Cole Courts (former wife Holly Courts); grandchildren, Bridget and Bethany Clapp, Riley, Bailey and Brady Courts; Anthony's former wife, Mary Courts Knocke; six siblings, Kirby Courts (Camilla) and his children, Lisa and Laurie; Shirley Burke and her children Scott, Lance and Kim; Charles Peanut Courts (Jo Ann) and children, Cindy, Linda and Nikki; Patricia Conley (Kenneth) and children, Kenny, Lynne and Kristen; Nancy White and children, Darin and Mallory; and Jerry Courts. The family would like to thank all the staff, nurses and doctors at Corpus Christi Cancer Center and Corpus Christi Medical/Bay Area Hospital for all love and caring. Visitation will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, October 22, 2012 at Seaside Funeral Home Chapel with Services to be held at 11:00 a.m. Graveside Service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Beaumont, TX officiated by Reg Lloyd. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leukemia Society and MD Anderson. To view tribute, please visit www.seasidefuneral.com
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Oct. 21, 2012