John Courtney

John Richard Courtney Jr., 86, of Buckhannon, died Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at his home.

He was born July 24, 1927, in Buckhannon, a son of the late John Richard and Versie Mae Huffman Courtney.

On Sept. 15, 1946, he married Tressie Lucille Demastes, who preceded him in death on Jan. 20, 2004.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by three sisters and one brother.

Surviving are one daughter, Nancy Matteson and husband, Steve, of Buckhannon; two sons, Larry Courtney and wife, Barbara, and John D. Courtney, all of Buckhannon; six granddaughters, Shawn Graham and husband, Charlie, of Kingwood, Tracy Guild of Corona, Calif., Sharla Smith and husband, Shane, Kim Courtney and Johnna Sandreth and husband, Jason, all of Buckhannon, and Heather Courtney of South Charleston; two grandsons, Larry Courtney Jr. and Jon Matteson, both of Buckhannon; 12 great grandchildren; and two sisters.

Mr. Courtney was a coal miner for CONSOL Energy, a member of the United Mine Workers and a member of the U.S. Marines during WWII.

Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, at Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home with the Pastor Jerry Murrell officiating. Burial will follow in the Heavner Cemetery in Buckhannon. The Upshur County Honor Guard will be conducting military honors at the graveside.

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Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.