George Burnell Coursey Jr, age 71, passed away at Fairview Park Hospital in Dublin GA after a brief illness. The Montgomery County native grew up in a time of turmoil for the United States. The war in Vietnam was fully involved and by the time he graduated high school; George heeded the call of service to his beloved country. Upon enlisting in the US Army, he served two tours in Vietnam with the 173rd Airborne. His service to the country ultimately resulted in him being combat wounded. As such, he was awarded many meritorious service medals including a Purple Heart, Vietnam Service Medal with 3 Bronze Stars, Air Medal, and Vietnam Campaign Ribbon. Upon returning stateside, he did not allow his combat injuries to hold him back. Ultimately he owned or managed multiple mobile home dealerships throughout Georgia and Alabama. In his free time he was very active with the Vidalia Moose Lodge and VFW in Vidalia. He found great joy in giving of himself to others. He found great peace in the great outdoors, but he was most at ease when he was fishing in his beloved Ohoopee River. A great patriot, a wonderful friend, and a true American hero; he will be missed by all that knew him. George was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. George and Ava Coursey and a grandson, Logan Dukes.
Left to cherish the memories of a life well lived are his wife, Wanda Coursey; a son Andy (Jennifer) Coursey; two step daughters Samatha Ricketson and Erica Fields; 3 sisters, Helen Shouse, Peggy Surles, and Judy (Jimmy) Cowart; 8 grandchildren including Jameson Coursey; 5 nephews; 1 niece; a lifelong friend, Willie J Freeman; a host of other relatives and friends made along the way also survive.
A private memorial will be held at a later date.
Low Country Cremation & Burial is serving the Coursey family.
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