Allen Courington, 78, passed away Friday, March 10, 2017 at NHC Place Sumner in Gallatin, Tenn. from complications attributed to Parkinson’s Disease.
He was born Oct. 25, 1938 in Jefferson County to Bruce, Sr. and Della Courington. He served in the Signals Corps of the 101st Airborne Division at bases in France and Germany during the late 1950s. After discharge, he moved to Clarke County where his parents had moved. He met his future wife there and made his home there as well.
He worked for many decades as an engineer at the plant in Pine Hill, first for MacMillan Bloedel and later for Weyerhauser. He spent two years during the early 1980s in Birmingham working on designs for the expansion of the mill.
A lifelong fitness enthusiast, he completed several marathons during his time in Birmingham. He was still doing push-ups and calisthenics every morning until his health began declining in 2014. He was an avid Alabama supporter and could be just as passionate about a women’s softball win as a football victory.
Courington served many years on the board and as chairman of the Mid Clarke Water System. He went to a board meeting with a request for a fire hydrant near his home with the aim of lowering his insurance rates. He was elected to membership on the board in short order but never did get his hydrant.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of almost 50 years, Virgina (Kinman) Courington in 2010.
He is survived by his sons, Christopher and wife Shelley and Corey and wife, LaTisha and three grandchildren.
A graveside service was conducted March 14, 2017 at Union Baptist Church in Grove Hill with the Rev. Mike Pearson officiating and Lathan Funeral Home of Jackson directing.
Condolences may be offered at lathanfuneralhomejackson.com