Journal Express, Knoxville, IA


January 9, 2014

Mary Lou Courtney

Mary Lou Courtney, 84, of Knoxville died Jan. 4, 2014, at the Knoxville Hospital from complications of a stroke. Mary was born Feb. 16, 1929, in Bussey and was one of 12 children of Clarence and Odessa Byers. She attended school in Knoxville where she lived her entire life. She married Raymond Pitt on Sept. 18, 1945. They lived for many years on a small family farm northwest of Knoxville.The family moved to Knoxville in 1976 and Mary proudly worked for the Veterans Administration hospital in food service until 1983. She was preceded in death by her first husband Raymond Pitt on June 6, 1983.

For many years she enjoyed socializing and playing bingo at several locations in Knoxville. She married William “Bill” Courtney on April 7, 1989, in Knoxville. They shared many happy years together and enjoyed dancing to the music of bands which included her nephew Keith Byers, a drummer; and her son David, a piano player. Bill preceded her in death on July 18, 2003.

In recent years Mary enjoyed companionship and hilarious antics of her Chihuahuas Sugar and Tiny. She always looked forward to spending time with her children and extended summer visits from her sister Dell from Texas. She, Dell, and their sister Yvonne loved to travel to the Rathbun Country Music Theater near Centerville for an evening of entertainment.

She was proud of all her children and their families and was loved by her many friends and acquaintances. She held a special place in her heart for her brother Jerry Byers, a country music singer, guitar player and pianist who preceded her in death in 1963. She had a lifelong love of music and could play the guitar, the piano, and sing beautiful harmony.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Odessa Byers; her siblings May, Dell, Bud, Johnny, Joyce, Ardith, Janice, Jerry, Betty Jean, and Yvonne; and by a granddaughter Chris Cooper.

Text Only
  • McClatchey obit pic Robert McClatchey Robert James McClatchey, age 80 of Knoxville, passed away Saturday morning, July 5, 2014, at the Knoxville Hospital.Robert was born at home on May 10, 1934, in Mapleton, Iowa, the son of Christy William and Mary (Carroll) McClatchey. He was raised in

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Moore obit pic Raymond D. Moore Raymond D. Moore, 92, died at The Village in Indianola on July 6, 2014. His body has been donated to science. A Memorial Service will be held 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Indianola on Saturday, Aug. 2.Raymond was born June 4, 1922,

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Erna Crane Erna Crane, age 89, of Bussey passed away Sunday morning, July 6, 2014, at the Pella Hospice Comfort House.Erna was born Feb. 1, 1925, in Rodenbach, Germany, the daughter of Albert and Louise (Riese) Simosky. Erna was raised and attended school in Ge

    July 11, 2014

  • Death Notice-Erna Crane

    July 8, 2014

  • Death Notice-Ila Heidenwith

    July 8, 2014

  • Death Notice-Raymond D. Moore

    July 7, 2014

  • Death Notice-Robert McClatchey

    July 7, 2014

  • Frank J. Wadle

    July 3, 2014

  • Death Notice-Arthur Thomas

    June 30, 2014

  • Jones obit pic Teddy Mac (Ted) Jones Ted was the beloved husband of Judy: father to Jeff (Cindy), Jennifer (Daniel), Linda (Dave) and Shane (Kristin); grandfather to Alicia, Johanna, Anna Sophia and Kyle; and uncle to many nieces and nephews. Ted was born in Knoxville, and relocated to

    June 30, 2014 1 Photo

AP Video
Dempsey: Putin May Light Fire and Lose Control In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites Anti-violence Advocate Killed, but Not Silenced. Arizona Prison Chief: Execution Wasn't Botched Calif. Police Investigate Peacock Shooting Death Police: Doctor Who Shot Gunman 'Saved Lives' MN Twins Debut Beer Vending Machine DA: Pa. Doctor Fired Back at Hospital Gunman Raw: Iowa Police Dash Cam Shows Wild Chase Obama Seeks Limits on US Company Mergers Abroad Large Family to Share NJ Lottery Winnings U.S. Flights to Israel Resume After Ban Lifted TSA Administrator on Politics and Flight Bans Raw: National Guard Helps Battle WA Wildfires Senators Push to End Hamas Threat in Cease-Fire Raw: Deadly Storm Hits Virginia Campground Officials Warn of Avoidable Death in Hot Cars Death Penalty Expert: 'This is a Turning Point' House Committee at Odds Over Obama Lawsuit
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

Upon completion and reopening of Third Street, should the City of Knoxville wait to start the next stage of the Streetscape and Infrastructure project until 2015?

     View Results