Clinton Cletus “CC” Courtney passed away peacefully in his home on April 1, 2022. He was a self-made man who left his childhood home in Zanesville, OH at 17 years old and joined the Navy, working as a radioman and later becoming a Navy Seal.
After leaving the Navy in the 1960s, he parlayed his experience into becoming an Inspection Diver in the Gulf of Mexico for James E. Dean Diving Company. He had a prolific experience but sustained a diving injury that caused him to retire.
In 1973, he and Bette moved to Decaturville, and he began his career as a businessman by starting Courtney Construction Company, working in East TN doing mine reclamation. In the 1980s, he purchased Buck Lumber Company, moving it to the 100/114 crossing in Scotts Hill. He built a gas station/grocery store and strip mall on the same property, later moving the grocery store part to its current location across from the Post Office. In the 1990s he founded Gumdale Marina, later renaming it Mermaid Marina, which housed over 100 boat slips and a floating store and restaurant.
Upon retirement, he acquired an extensive classic car collection and became an authority on figurines/action sequences called Barangers.
CC is survived by Bette, his wife of 50 years. He had one son, Scott (Nicole) Courtney, and two grandsons, Lincoln and Everett. He also leaves behind a sister, Marilyn Courtney of Houston, Texas and a brother, Steve Courtney of Florida.
There will be no service or visitation. The family asks that anyone who wishes to honor his memory, do a kind gesture for someone within your inner circle (not necessarily a family member). Additionally, anyone who has a funny or anecdotal story about him, please feel free to share with the family when you see them.
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