James (Jim) D Courtney
1934 - 2021
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James D (Jim) Courtney (1934-2021)
Jim Courtney entered heaven Thursday evening, greeted by a chorus of those whom he loved.  And hundreds left behind attribute his life's work as having a profound impact on their professional careers and personal character.
James D. (Jim) Courtney, born July 15, 1934, in Wynnewood, OK, died Thursday evening, January 7, 2021.  Jim was beside his wife, Ellen, peacefully at home.
Jim is survived by wife, Ellen Raines (Hornaday) Courtney, (May, 1999); daughter: Jamie Courtney; son: Jonathan Brent Courtney; daughters: Cynthia (Hornaday) McDermott; Carol (Hornaday) Tennis; Laura (Hornaday) Gray; three sons-in-law, Stephen McDermott, Thad Tennis & Michael Gray; Grandchildren: Ashley (Tennis) & Ryan Barnett; Jessica Tennis; Josh Vanderwall; Derrick & Melissa Vanderwall; Marie Gray; Alex Gray; Nephews & Nieces: James Dean & Sherri Courtney, Stacy (Courtney) & David Jordan, and many more beloved.
Jim is preceded in death by Loreta Ann (Hodges) Courtney, married 42 years; parents:  James Alvis Courtney & Maggie Delena (Thomas) Courtney, married 62 years; brother: Jack & Nancy (Dean) Courtney, and many more beloved.

Jim pursued Music Education at Jacksonville Baptist College (Texas), culminating with Masters of Arts from the University of Central Arkansas.
Jim began serving on church staffs as congregational and choral director in Texas and Arkansas.  In 1968, Jim assumed Chairman of Music Department, Central Baptist College, Conway, AR.  It is there his influence on students' lives expanded, training future leaders. Recently Jim was honored by former students who expressed their appreciation for his service, friendship, and wise council.  In 1997, Jim retired formal teaching to travel, camp, fish and enjoy family. 

Age produced in Jim a tender heart and tolerance, maintaining his curiosity, humor and appreciation for beautiful sounds and sights.
Funeral Services will be Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at 2:00pm - Springhill Baptist Church.  Attendees will follow Social Distancing and Mask Protocols

Streaming springhillbaptistchurch.info Safety Protocols.

Interment following at Crestlawn Memorial Park, Conway, AR.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the James D. and Loreta Ann Courtney Scholarship Fund, Central Baptist College.

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Published in Log Cabin Democrat on Jan. 12, 2021.
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January 13, 2021
Our prayers and condolences are with Jim’s wife and the family at this time of need. Jim was loved by many in this world and a friend to so many people. He will be greatly missed!
Kevin McDermott
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