Raymond Taft Courie

FAYETTEVILLE - Raymond Taft Courie, 75, of Fayetteville, died with family by his side, Friday, November 16, 2012. Ray was born May 17, 1937, in Kinston, North Carolina to proud parents Samia and Taft F. Courie. Ray spent his early years in Kinston and summers at Atlantic Beach with his parents and two sisters, Rosemary and Ramona. During his high school years, Ray attended Randolph Macon Military Academy where he excelled at football and basketball. During Summer months, he proudly served as a lifeguard in the rough waters of Atlantic Beach. Ray continued his studies at Campbell Junior College, graduating in 1959. His greatest accomplishment while at Campbell was meeting his loving wife Ann Raynor Courie. The two fell in love, were married and had their beloved daughter Catherine Ann while Ann finished her studies at Meredith and Ray joined the Army. Following the completion of his military contract and honorable discharge, Ray and Ann moved to Fayetteville. Ray quickly realized his personality lent itself to sales and found himself working at O.B. Hewett Dodge and then under the supervision of Bob Fortune at Royal Dodge where Ray would eventually become Manager. This early experience ensured Ray's future in the car business, a career in which he would earn a reputation for hard work, honesty, dependability and fair dealing. During this time, Ray and Ann's second child, David Taft was born. Just a few years later, Ray and his family returned to Fayetteville after living a short time in Winston Salem. It was at this time Ray started Courie Cars and eventually Carolina Car Rentals. Work, family and friends were the center of Ray's life. When not working, Ray focused on spending time with his son David and following the life of his daughter's family as they traveled the Country with her husband Tom's Air Force career. In addition to work and family, Ray loved his friends in the car business, all the wonderful people at the many banks he would visit during the week, his fellow Sunday school friends and ushers at Haymount United Methodist Church, and the several friends, who along with Ray, mastered the art of "piddling" in later years. Toward the end of his career and remainder of his years, Ray and his family made Holden Beach their second home. Ray could be found any given Saturday morning at the Holden Beach Fishing Pier with Fayetteville and beach friends drinking coffee and weighing in on topics too broad to list. Deep friendships developed from Holden Beach. Holden Beach was Ray's slice of Heaven on Earth, as it was rich in oysters, shrimp, fishing, golf cart driving, Sundays at The Holden Beach Chapel and a never ending supply of projects. He was never happier than with family at the beach, a sentiment which he often explained related back to his childhood. Ray was a two time survivor of Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma and a devoted fan of Dr. Wes Jones, Dr. Kamal Bakri and his dear friend and nurse Jamie and the entire staff of the Cape Fear Valley Cancer Center. He loved and supported his churches, Haymount United Methodist Church and The Holden Beach Chapel, The Fighting Camels of Campbell University and took pleasure in quietly supporting the Falcon Children's Home and other causes and people in need. Ray Courie was often and best described as a "Character". He was a man of character, full of personality and a zest for life, work, his family and God. There was nothing he would not do for family or friend. There was nothing they would not do for him. He will be remembered and missed. His family would like to thank the many friends, old and new, who called, sent cards and came to be by his side during the past several months. Your love and prayers gave him strength and confidence in his life and future. Ray is survived by his wife, Ann Raynor Courie of the home; daughter Catherine Browell and husband Thomas C. Browell, of Fredericksburg, Virginia; son David Taft Courie Sr. and wife Michelle Harrell Courie, of Fayetteville; grandchildren Matthew Taft Browell, James Michael Browell, Elizabeth Ann Browell, David Taft Courie Jr., and Mary Elizabeth Courie; great-grandson Holden Thomas Browell; sister Rosemary Koury and husband Marshall, of Burlington and sister Ramona Kirkman of Kinston. Ray is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins throughout North and South Carolina who greatly enriched his life. Funeral services were held Tuesday, November 20, at Haymount United Methodist Church of Fayetteville followed by a graveside service at LaFayette Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family invites memorials be made to either Campbell University (Wiggins or Raynor Scholarship Funds), Haymount United Methodist Church, The Holden Beach Chapel, Cape Fear Valley's Friends of the Cancer Center Fund or Falcon Children's Home. Arrangements by Jernigan-Warren Funeral Home, Fayetteville. Sign the guest book at kinston.com. (Paid obituary)

Published in Free Press from Nov. 22 to Nov. 25, 2012