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July 14, 2011

(12/15/1981 - 7/4/2011)

John Foster Courtney, 29, of St. Louis, Missouri and formerly of Memphis, Missouri, died July 4, 2011, at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, as a result of injuries received in an accident.

He was born December 15, 1981, in Hannibal, Missouri and became the son of John Monroe and Connie Sue Racey Courtney.

Foster grew up in Memphis, attending Scotland County R-1 Schools. He was a member of the Scotland County R-1 High School graduating Class of 2000. Foster was the recipient of many citizenship awards during his elementary and high school years. He attended Culver-Stockton College at Canton, Missouri, graduating in 2004, Cum laude, having earned a double major in Business Administration and Arts Management. While attending Culver-Stockton, he was a member of Chapter Delta Upsilon Fraternity and also served as president of that organization. Foster received the Wood Citizenship Award while attending Culver Stockton. He was privileged to complete an internship at the Delta Upsilon International Headquarters and was a member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). Following college, Foster moved to St. Louis. He was very active in athletics, especially Kick Ball League. This past spring he became a member of the St. Louis Crusaders Rugby Team. Foster first worked at the Millennium Hotel Saint Louis and was presently employed in the Human Resource Department of Corizan Medical Services in St. Louis. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge #16 A.F. & A.M. of Memphis. He enjoyed traveling and after his father's death, he and his mother enjoyed several trips together.

He is survived by his mother, Connie R. Courtney, of Memphis, Missouri; three aunts: Sally Eggers of Columbia, Missouri; Judy Wilcox and her husband, John, of Shelbina, Missouri; Lois Courtney of Memphis, Missouri and an uncle, Steve Racey and his friend, Jodie, of Lancaster, Missouri. Also surviving are cousins: Stephanie Shalley and her husband, Dave; Sonya See and her husband, Patrick; Stacie Whitaker and her husband, James, all of Memphis, Missouri; Jeff Racey and Jim Racey, and his wife, Felicia, both of Little Rock, Arkansas; John Wilcox and his wife, JoAnn; Joe Wilcox and his wife, Ali, and Jacob Wilcox and his wife, Rena, all of Shelbina, Missouri and Brian Eggers of Austin, Texas; many second cousins and many friends.

Foster was preceded in death by his father, John Courtney; his grandparents, Paul and Peggy Racey and Gerald and Madlyn Courtney; an uncle, Steve Courtney and two cousins: Christopher Courtney and Scott Courtney.

Visitation will open at 9:00 A.M. Friday at the Memphis Funeral Home with family present from 5 to 8 P.M. A Masonic Service will be conducted by the Memphis Masonic Lodge #16 A.F. & A.M. at 8:00 P.M.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Saturday at the Presbyterian Church in Memphis with Reverend Dana Slavin and Reverend Jim Campbell officiating. Music will be provided by Schelle Cooley and Ann Luther. Burial will follow in the Memphis Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Christopher Akins, Dallas Cupp, Jason Hall, Michael McCloud, Joshua Shelley and Jason Lee Waack.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Courtney Memorial Scholarship Culver- Stockton College, Missouri Transplant Services or the donor's choice. Memorials may be left at or mailed to Memphis Funeral Home, 378 South Market Street, Memphis, Missouri 63555. Online condolences may be made to the Courtney family by logging onto

Memphis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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