Billy Courtney

Billy Courtney, age 80, passed away Sunday, July 6, 2014, at University of Kentucky Medical Center.

Services for Mr. Courtney will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at Harrod Brothers Funeral Home with Rev. Jay Stratton officiating.  Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens.  Family and friends will be received at the funeral home Tuesday evening from 5-8 p.m.

Mr. Courtney was born in Versailles, Ky. January 27, 1934, the middle son of the late Everett Sleet and Evelyn Alice Clark Courtney.  He was a veteran of the US Army having served in Japan during the Korean War.  Mr. Courtney was a former employee of Blanton Lumber Co. for 28 years and retired after 23 years of employment with Frankfort Lumber.  He was a former Assistant Boy Scout Leader of Troop 128.  He was a devoted member of North Fork Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and teacher of the Men’s Sunday School Class.  Mr. Courtney’s passion was woodworking with the ability to craft a work of art from a simple piece of wood.

Survivors include his loving wife of 60 years, Dorothy Joyce Turley Courtney; son, Timothy D. Courtney and his wife, Patricia; daughter Debbie Schneider and her husband, Bill; six grandchildren, Alisha Courtney, Chase Schneider, Scott Courtney, Courtney Schneider, Logan Courtney, Kayla Schneider; great-granddaughter, Jazlynn Courtney; two step-granddaughters, Cassidy Nevius, Tabitha Sparks; four step-great-grandchildren, Landon Sparks, Kailey Hawkins, Warren Parker and Jesslyn Parker; and several nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles Everett and Wayne Courtney.

Chase Schneider, Scott Courtney, Logan Courtney, Bill Schneider, Joel Whisman, David Turley, Jr., Mark Turley and Jeff Courtney will serve as pallbearers.  Honorary bearers will be Deacons of North Fork Baptist Church, Ricky Courtney, Jesse Nowlin, Earl Turley, Jr. and David Turley.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages expressions of sympathy in Mr. Courtney’s memory to North Fork Baptist Church, 3660 Rocky Branch Road, Frankfort, Ky. 40601 or to a charity of choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Harrod Brothers Funeral Home. Condolences may be shared via the online guestbook at www.harrodbrothers.com.

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  • Billy was one of the kindest men I have met.  I think he loved to pick on me as much as I loved to pick on him.  I just saw him about a month ago at North Fork.  I had gone out to see my mom who was cooking that night and Billy had come from the hospital from being with Joyce.  He just had to pick on me like he did for so many years when Joyce, Debbie and I all played softball together.  He was a loving husband and father and many people will miss him and his smile and laughter.  Joyce,  Debbie and Tim - you are certainly in my thoughts and prayers and just know that Billy was loved by many and we all grieve with you.  RIP my friend.