Joseph Enloe Courtney

Joseph Enloe Courtney went home to his Lord on Thursday, June 16, 2011 after a valiant battle with cancer. His family welcomes you to visitation at Callaway-Jones Funeral Home on Tuesday, June 21 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and to funeral services at Aldersgate United Methodist Church on Friday, June 24 at 2:00 p.m. At a later date, family will gather at Restever Memorial Park for his internment.

Born January 21, 1938 to Maurice and Gladys Enloe Courtney in Woodville, Texas, Joe was a life-long resident of our state. After spending most of his public school years in Groveton, he moved with his family to Cameron and graduated from Yoe High School in 1955. The Courtneys then moved to Bryan, where Joe joined his father in working at Woodson Lumber Company. He attended Blinn Junior College, graduated from Texas A&M University in 1960, and served in the United States Army Reserve (90th Infantry Division).

With his experience at Woodson Lumber as the foundation of his unwavering and honest work ethic, Joe became a home builder in 1965 and joined Mr. Don Cain in developing The Oaks subdivision in Bryan. Later, Joe built homes throughout the Brazos Valley with a specific interest in assisting “the working” man or woman in acquiring quality, affordable housing, He was the first president of the Bryan-College Station Home Builders Association, was a founding member of our local Habitat for Humanity and Save Our Streets (S.O.S.) Ministries, and was one of the first builders in the Brazos Valley to participate in Elder Aid—a housing program for elderly, low-income residents with physical disabilities.

A lifetime member of the United Methodist Church and steward at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Joe viewed each of his projects—whether a house for one family or a program for the larger community—as an act of service to his Lord and Savior. Joe will be remembered by those who knew him best as a person of deep faith, limitless generosity, and unfailing good humor.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, his mother-in-law Faith Super, and his nephew SGM Michael W. Clements. His survivors include his loving wife, Victoria Lynn Courtney, and sons Devon Hanna of New Braunfels and Trent Hanna of Huntsville, and his granddaughter, Symphony Hanna of Canyon Lake. Joe also leaves his sister and brother-in-law Evelyn and Tom Clements of Trinity, his brother Lee Courtney of Huntsville, his brother-in-law and sister-in-law Douglas (Skip) and Marilyn Super of Vancouver, and his mother-in-law and father-in-law Alice and Roy Super of Brenham. Joe also will be missed by his nieces—Penne Weidig and family of Bellaire, Pam Roffino and family of Dallas, Cheryl Clements and family of College Station, and Laura Elizabeth Super of Hawaii—by his nephew, Mark Clements and family of Manchester, NH, and by his nephew Michael Clements’ family of Little Rock, AR. Joe had many friends whom he cherished like family, including the Mike Tomchesson family of Bryan, the Doug Webb family of Dallas, and two faithful employees Darthie Kees and Jeff Jones of College Station.

The family wishes to thank pallbearers Carlos Cordova, Ronnie Lightsey, John Roffino, John Schaffer, John Tomchesson, Doug Webb, Casey Weidig, and John Weidig. Additionally, honorary pallbearers are Charles Arnold, Johnny Bond, Sam Enloe, Chris Galindo, George Hardwick, John Hicks, Lawrence Link, Lee McCleskey, William Seyfus, Gene Shillings, and Marvin Tate. The family wishes to acknowledge the service of Dr. Erin Fleener, Dr. Arezy Daftarian, the staff at St. Joseph’s Manor, and the oncology nurses at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Memorials in Joe’s name are welcome at Habitat for Humanity, S.O.S. Ministries, or the church of your choice.


  1. I could write volumes but I’m afraid the words I have at my disposal would not do this man justice. Let me just say that Mr. Courtney is one of the greatest men I’ve ever known, and that all the things others have said about him on this page are true.

    Quite simply, knowing Joe Courtney made my life much better. I will miss him dearly.

  2. Joe believed in me and trusted me at a time when that is what I really needed most. He had a knack for that. He picked me up and put me on my feet and off I went. I believe Joe went through the gates of Heaven with a skip in his step that he hasn’t had in quite some time. I also believe that when he got there that all of Heaven stopped what they were doing in honor of a good man. I can only imagine the gentle voice of Jesus welcoming his good and faithful servant. We will miss him, but just for a little while.

  3. I am thinking about you and praying for you and your family. All of us at Sul Ross loves you Ms. Courtney.

  4. Dear Cheryl, John, and Marlene,
    My condolences on the loss of your dear Uncle Joe. May remembering him always make you smile.


  5. May you find comfort in your husband’s and fathers memories, and strength in the companionship of the life you shared together. Your tears are not unnoticed by the Creator of Life and I certainly hope that the help God can give at this time will make a difference. Although I have not personally met the family I pray the tender mercy that God has always shown be with you now so you will know that you are not alone and may the prayers of others help in some small way to bring you strength and comfort and courage each day. Soon He will actually swallow up death forever, and the Sovereign Lord will certainly wipe the tears from all faces Isaiah 25:8. Revelation 21:4 mentions a time when He will wipe all our tears away and death and sorrow and pain will be no more. May these thoughts from the Bible bring you hope.

  6. Vicki, My prayers are with you and your family. Joe taught us so much about his God. I treasure all that Joe shared about his faith… He will be greatly missed. With prayer, Sieb Greene

  7. Vickie,

    I received a phone call last night with the news about Joe. He was such a kind man, I know you will miss him. We moved away several years ago and I had not spoken with him since back in 2004, but I had kept up with him through mutual friends. He was such a humble man that lived a quiet,remarkable life. God bless you! Lonnie McMillan & family.

  8. I have worked for Joe for almost 19 years and there wasn’t a day that went by that he didn’t thank me as I was leaving for the day. He was a kind and gentle man that Loved the Lord with all his heart and wanted everyone he met to love his Lord as well. One of his special saying was “see you on down the road”, Joe I WILL “see you on down the road”. I love you sweet friend and will miss you more than you will ever know.

  9. Dearest Courtney Family, I have to tell you what a wonderful and caring person Mr. Joe was, I would see him at least once a week when he would come in to University Title Co. He always had the biggest smile and would make my day so wonderful. He was always at his closings and would take such good care of his Buyers. Always remember the wonderful and fun times with him and know that he is always watching over you with so much love. We are going to miss him so very much. He was one of a kind with such a giving heart. Blessings Always Love, Suzanne (UTC)

  10. I had the priviledge of working for Mr. Courtney for 17 years. There is no way to adequately express my gratefulness to him for the opportunities he gave me. He was patient as I learned the construction business, and he taught me many things I will cherish the rest of my life.

    He was generous, thoughtful, complimentary, hard-working and kind. He loved everyone and consistently put others first. He was the essence of a good man, but he knew that being good was not enough. He put his faith in his Savior’s righteousness.

    I will miss him terribly, but I find such peace and comfort in knowing he is in heaven and we will enjoy sweet fellowship again.

  11. To express our deep sympathy to you on your loss. We thank Joseph for serving our country in the U.S. Army Reserve (90th Infantry Division). Because of you & other young men & women we have our freedom in this great country. We also thank you for your many contributions to the Bryan/College Station community. May God’s Speed Be With Joseph & His Family.
    John Hince

  12. Vickie – Bill and I just found out about the passing of Mr. Courtney. We are both saddened by this news. We pray you have found Gods peace. Mr. Courtney was a wonderful man and a joy to work with. He always said such encouraging things to me as I decorated houses for him. He always said “Jeanne, whatever you think is good is good for me too”. He was a very Christian man and was not ashamed to share it. I would always give him a hard time about being able to find things on “his desk”. He would just chuckle his joyous little chuckle.
    He will be missed but I know he is at home with his Lord and savior.

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