Jerry “Coach” Courtney

07/28/1935 –


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  • Funeral Service
Date: 07/17/2019
Time: 2:00 pm
 – 3:00 pm


Jerry Mac (Coach) Courtney, 83, was born on July 28, 1935 in Groveton, Texas and died on June 25, 2019 at 9:42 pm surrounded by his family in Lubbock, Texas. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, A. M. (Oscar) and Lela McClain Courtney; brother, James Courtney; and daughter, Julie Gay Courtney Castillo.

Jerry is survived by his wife of 36 years, Judy Courtney; daughter, Jackie Chapman; step-son Nick A. Moutos; step-daughter, Tina Hernandez and husband Albert Hernandez, Jr.; grandchildren, Tyler and Delaney Chapman, Edward and Elizabeth Castillo, Alex and Athena Moutos, and Blakely, Mia, and Tres Albert Hernandez as well as other family and friends.

Jerry graduated from Groveton High School. He earned his Bachelors of Science and Master’s Degree in Education from Sam Houston State University. Jerry loved sports and coached basketball at Huntsville ISD and Aldine ISD where he was the youngest head basketball coach in the state of Texas. He began his career in Spring Branch ISD as head coach of Spring Oaks Junior High. He was also a counselor at Memorial High School and an Associate Principal at Northbrook Junior High, Landrum Junior High and Spring Woods High School where he retired in 1995 after graduating the Class of 95. In April of 1995, the area P.T.A presented Jerry with the Bell Ringer Award as the area’s best Administrator. This is the highest award the P.T.A. can present. For him it was more than a career, it was his calling.

Jerry was also a member of S.B.O.A. and officiated basketball games all over the Gulf Coast Region. He was also very active in the Spring Branch Sports Association where he coached girls fast pitch softball, was a commissioner and in 1979 was Director of Softball. Later he was director of softball umpires where he trained umpires and scheduled their games. He umpired himself and made it a truly family affair certifying his wife, daughter, and step-children.

After retiring from the public school system, he and Judy owned and operated Coaches Driving Center in the Cypress Fairbanks area of Houston where he taught hundreds of students to drive.

After moving to Lubbock in 2006, Jerry was active in Masonic work. He was a member of the Wolfforth-Frenship Lodge No.1447. In 2012-2013 he was Worshipful Master of the Lodge. He was also a member of York Rite and Scottish Rite.

Jerry was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend. He loved his Lord, family and all the students he worked with over the years.

The family would like to thank the staff at Lakeridge Nursing and Rehab and Beyond Faith Hospice for all their care and kindness.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family request that you make a donation to your favorite charity in Jerry’s memory.


9 thoughts on “Jerry “Coach” Courtney”

  1. Dennis McKinney

    Jerry was a great Brother-in-law and friend. He was always jolly and enjoyed people. That is what made him such a great friend. We will miss his country humor and endless stories. He definitely will be missed by the whole family.
    Dennis & Lynn

  2. Mr Jerry Courtney was a great man!! He did so much for Spring Woods High during his time as associate principal!!! He was fun to be around and a great story teller!! My condolences to his family!! Those of us who knew him consider us privelidged!!

  3. I was Jerry’s secretary at Landrum Junior High. He was always telling jokes and stories. He made my job easier. I often wondered over the years what happened to Jerry and hoped he was well. He was a bright spot in my day. He is now in the loving arms of God who will comfort for all eternity. Rest well my friend.

  4. Edward Castillo (Ed Rock)

    Grandpa, I will always miss you. But I have so many wonderful memories to hang on to. You were a role model, and a friend. Your guidance and love will carry me through to the end of my days. I love you Grandpa, until we meet again.

  5. Marj Kennedy Hopkins C/O 95

    My favorite Principal EVER!! He once told me after getting in trouble, “you’re on my irritated side, don’t get on my bad one”. I was part of his last graduating class 1995. Another time we showed up with a truck bed full of beer cans to a can drive, he looked at the head principal who said we couldn’t donate them and said “you never said what kind of cans they had to be”. He was an amazing man who loved his students. Hugs to his family!

  6. Uncle Jerry touched so many lives! Sending love to all our relatives. I will remember him fondly. He always made me laugh and feel special. I treasure our last few phone calls together. ❤️

  7. Linda Maiorana

    Jerry was a long time friend and associate of mine and my late husband, Coach Charles Maiorana. He and Judy gathered on occasion with us for baseball games and dinners. After moving to Lubbock, we visited Jerry and Judy on our driving trip to Colorado and again shared old memories. I always enjoyed reminiscing with Jerry over the phone after he became chair bound. Jerry was blessed with a sound mind and the gift of gab. I will remember Jerry with fondness! RIP Jerry!

  8. Mr. Courtney I had only known you for a short time yet everytime I walked into your room you always had a pleasant smile. It was a pleasure working for you. You are greatly missed!

  9. Jerry was a good man a good friend and my children called him uncle .he herded them through spring woods we will miss him greatly.

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