STARKVILLE — Charles Mendell Courtney, 64, passed away peacefully at his home on July 29, 2020, in Starkville. 

Charles was born on Oct. 17, 1955, in Greenwood to S.M. Courtney and Jane Courtney. He was a graduate of Pillow Academy in Greenwood and attended Mississippi State University. He was a member of North Greenwood Baptist Church, where he faithfully served as a member of the audio/visual team for many years. He had a successful career in radio broadcasting, insurance sales and wireless sales. He spent most of his life in Greenwood and had recently retired to Starkville.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Kay Makamson Courtney of Starkville; his son, Jason Courtney (Courtney) of Brandon; his daughter, Janna Sanford (Sean) of Starkville; his sister, Barbara Schilling (Doug) of Magnolia; four grandchildren, Thomas Courtney, Julia Courtney, Clara Jane Courtney and Lyla Sanford; and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his father, S.M. Courtney; his mother, Jane Colson Courtney; and his sister, Eloise Couch.

A private graveside service will be held Sunday at Memorial Garden Park in Starkville.

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