Henry W. Coursey, age 101, of Joplin, passed away on Sunday, January 19, 2020, at Joplin Gardens, following a long and fulfilling life.
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Henry was born November 7, 1918, in Retreat Park, CO, the son of the late Edward Norman Coursey and Odie Ethel (Drumright) Coursey. He married Betty Ruth Marlow on June 1, 1941, in Denver, CO. Together they were blessed with seventy-five years of marriage and six children. He served in the United States Army and was a veteran of WWII. From July 16, 1942 to July 8, 1944, he served as a general clerk and packing case maker. Throughout his career, he worked as a factory worker for Kuner’s and Great Western Sugar Factory in Brighton, CO. Later, he was a milk truck driver for Anderson Dairy and a gas truck driver for Putnam Oil Company. He operated the Carter Gas Station and owned and operated Coursey’s Cleaners, both in Ft. Lupton, Co. After moving to Missouri in 1971, he raised cattle and worked as an electrician for Aten Electric in Bella Vista, AR. He was a longtime member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge, and he enjoyed playing the guitar, the fiddle, the harmonica, and the piano.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Coursey; three sons, Elbert Lee Coursey, James LeRoy Coursey and George Edward Coursey; one granddaughter, Samantha Milburn; a son-in-law, Lonnie M. Hinds; six brothers, Ray, Roy, Orville, Kenneth, Clyde and Floyd Coursey; and two sisters, Thelma Frossard, and Maxine Humphrey.
Henry is survived by one son, Richard Coursey and wife Jackie, Aurora, MO; two daughters, Linda Johnson and husband Bill, Loveland, CO, and Patricia Hinds, Webb City, MO; a daughter-in-law, Joyce Coursey, Bella Vista, AR; eight grandchildren; twenty-seven great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at South Joplin Christian Church. Reverend Dr. Colleen Carroll will officiate. The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Church, prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to South Joplin Christian Church in care of the mortuary.
Arrangements are under the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Crematory