He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 67 years, Betty Studdard Courington; two cherished sons, David and Billy; and two daughters-in-law that he loved as his own, Susan and Mary Ann. He was the proud PaPa to Kim (Paul) Kelsey, Josh (Katie) Courington, Daniel (Mandi) Courington, Jasmine (Michael) Peeples and Alex Courington. He is also survived by seven great-grandchildren, Addison, Levi and Lila Kelsey, Hannah and Jaiden Courington, Hallie Kate Courington and Jordyn Peeples. He is also survived by one sister-in-law, Marie Short Saye; one nephew, Michael (Kathy) Short; and several cousins.
Courington was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in Europe during World War II. He was retired from U.S. Steel, where he worked as a scarfer in the primary mill for years.
A faithful and dedicated member of the Parrish Church of Christ, Courington served more than 30 years as an elder, until Alzheimer’s came into his life 16 years ago. He also taught a senior ladies’ Bible class for many years. He loved the Lord, the church and God’s Word. He daily carried a small New Testament with a heat-resistant cover in the pocket of his work clothes and would spend time on his break at work in study of God’s Word. He was a great supporter of Gospel preachers and a great encourager to so many. Courington also served for many years as a member of the board of directors at Indian Creek Youth Camp, a work that he loved and supported with his time and finances.
Visitation will be Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, from noon until 2 p.m. in the parlor at Collins-Burke Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at 2 p.m. in the Collins-Burke Chapel, with burial in the Odom Memorial Cemetery. Scott McCown will officiate.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Indian Creek Youth Camp.
Collins-Burke Funeral Home, Jasper; 205-384-5571