Lester Courtney, 92, of Canton, passed away at 11:40 PM on Thursday, November 28, 2019 at The Loft in Canton. He was born on December 17, 1926 in Canton to Lester T. and Edna (Fidler) Courtney. He married Alma L. Lingenfelter on December 13, 1947. She preceded him in death on July 20, 2014.
He was also preceded in death by his parents, two sons, Tommy Courtney and Leslie Paul Courtney; and three sisters, Shirley Atkins, Irene Davison, and Sheryl Hughes.
He is survived by five children, Robert (Carla) Courtney, David (Pam) Courtney, Susie (Larry) Vanmiddlesworth, Laura Clendenny, and Virgil Courtney all of Canton; seventeen grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Harold Courtney.
He worked for Caterpillar for 30 years. He liked hunting, fishing, going on gambling trips, and dancing. He was a man who showed love and friendship. He was greatly respected and loved by all of his family. Everyone was hugged and kissed every day. He was the center of his family’s world. He was the best dad and everyone knew they were loved. His family is the people they are today because of how they were raised. At the end of the day we are family and we love each other because of mom and dad.
Lester served in the United States Army.
Services will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton. A visitation will be held Monday, December 2, 2019 from 5-7 PM at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory. Rev. Monroe Bailey will officiate. A burial will follow the services at Bethel Cemetery, rural Canton. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Canton VFW from 1-3 PM on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. To view Lester’s DVD or to make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com
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