William Lee Courtway, known to all as Billy, of Sullivan, MO, departed this life in Creve Coeur, MO, on September 23, 2017, having reached the age of forty-three years, one month and two days. Billy was born in Washington, MO, on August 21, 1974, son of Raymond Junior Courtway and Judith Ann Courtway nee Messex. On December 14, 1996, he was united in marriage to Glenna Rea DeWitt and two children came to bless this union.
Billy is survived by his wife, Glenna Courtway of Sullivan, MO; by his children, Melissa Courtway and boyfriend, Nicholas McClerren, of Sullivan and Aaron Courtway of Sullivan; by his granddaughter, Melody McClerren of Sullivan; by his parents, Raymond Courtway and wife, Lorraine, of St. Clair, MO and Judy Faulkner of Potosi, MO; by his parents-in-law, Beulah Berkbigler and husband, Butch, of St. Clair; by his grandparents-in-law, Laura and Harold Berkbigler of St. Clair, MO; by two brothers, Eddie Courtway of Union, MO, and Carl Courtway and wife, Sue, of Union; by his sisters, Frieda Messex of Sullivan and Melody Hulsey of Robertsville, MO; by his sister-in-law, Lesley Courtway of St. Clair; by aunts, uncles, brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.
Billy was preceded in death by his grandparents, Cecil and Maxine Randall, by his father-in-law, Wayne DeWitt and by one brother, Brian Courtway.
Billy was a Christian and as a child had attended church in Richwoods, MO. During his working career he was employed by Mel Wagner & Sons in Lonedell, MO as a laborer and truly loved the work he did. He loved riding four wheelers, fishing and playing pool, even having his own pool shed. He enjoyed listening to music, especially Kid Rock. What meant most to him was time spent with his family. His life was his children, and his granddaughter was truly his pride and joy. The love they shared and many precious memories they created will forever live in their hearts.
A kind and loving husband, father, grandfather, son, son-in-law, grandson-in-law, brother, brother-in-law, nephew, uncle, great-uncle, cousin and treasured friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him.
Memorial services were held at 4:00 PM Friday, September 29, 2017, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO, with the Rev. Perry Vance officiating. A private committal will take place at a later date. Memorials may be made to the family.