Jim Courtney dies in accident

Marvin WestFeature, Powell

Jim Courtney, one of the most dynamic football players in the history of Powell High School, died on June 15 in a tractor accident on his property off Meredith Road between Clinton Highway and Oak Ridge Highway.

Mr. Courtney was 71.


At Powell High in the early 1960s, Courtney was a Parade All-American in football and a standout in other sports. He received a football scholarship to Mississippi State when the Bulldogs had a very successful Knoxville connection. Paul Davis was the coach. D.D. Lewis, from Fulton High, was the star linebacker.

Courtney was a safety. He led the team with five interceptions in 1967.

Jim was a longtime member of First Baptist Church, Powell. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Susan Rogers Courtney, his mother Madeline Courtney, sons J and Bradley and daughters Kristian Payne, Allyson Hodson and Lindsey Loope.

The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. on Monday, June 18, with the funeral services to follow at First Baptist. Pastor Phil Jones will officiate.

Family and friends will meet at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday for graveside services at Lynnhurst Cemetery. Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Powell High Alumni Association for the Jim Courtney Athletic Scholarship. The mailing address is P.O. Box 111, Powell, TN 37849.

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