Bill Courtney

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Billy Nick "Bill N." Courtney

(Business entrepreneur active in the Louisiana Assemblies of God)

Born Septemnber 29, 1926
Nowata, Oklahoma
Died June 20, 2018 (aged 91)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Spouse (1) Melda Hoover Courtney (deceased)

(2) Frankie Prisk Courtney
Gerald Courtney
Kelvin Courtney
Billy Courtney
Judy Courtney
Three step-children
Nine grandchildren (two deceased)

Billy Nick Courtney, known as Bill N. Courtney (September 29, 1926 – June 20, 2018), was a business entrepreneur in Baton Rouge who became a significant figure in the Assemblies of God Church in his adopted state of Louisiana.

A native of Nowata in far northeastern, Oklahoma, Courtney was one of five children of James Virgil "J. V." Courtney (1903-2002), born when Oklahoma was still Indian Territory, [1] and the former Essie I. LaBass (1906-2001). While he was a teenager, the family moved to Baton Rouge, where he subsequently graduated from Istrouma High School, c. 1943. He went on to serve in the United States Merchant Marine and became a pipefitter for nearly two decades for Exxon. He left the plant to establish Circle Insurance Agency, A & B Equipment Company and later his Courtney Enterprises. He invested in real estate, building houses and developing Courtney's Mobile Home Village and RV Park. For seventy years, he taught Sunday school in his church. He was Sunday school superintendent for the Bethel Assembly of God Church. He helped with the construction of the Central Assembly of God in Baton Rouge and was Sunday school superintendent under the pastorate of his brother, the late Reverend James Courtney. He also was instrumental in the building of the First Assembly of God, now known as Hosanna and located at 8050 Goodwood Blvd. He served on the Hosanna board, was a deacon and Sunday school superintendent there. He organized the Baton Rouge Prayer League, headed the Light for the Lost Ministries, and directed the men's ministry for seven years for the Louisiana Assembly of God. He was active too in the Gideon's International ministry, based in Nashville, Tennessee. He ministered to students at Louisiana State University, worked in the prison ministry at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola in West Feliciana Parish, and participated in foreign missions, both in the building of churches and the spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ.[2]

From his first marriage to the late Melda Hoover, he had three sons, Gerald Courtney, Kelvin Courtney (spouse Debra), and Billy Courtney (wife Nancy), and a daughter, Judy Courtney. From his second marriage to Frankie Prisk Courtney, who survives him, he acquired step-sons Frank Prisk (wife Kathy) and Jeff Prisk (wife Melissa), and step-daughter, Connie Johnson (husband Jimmy). Courtney died at the age of ninety-one. His memorial service was held at his home congregation, Bethel Temple Assembly of God at 12124 Airline Hwy., with pastor Joseph Vosberg and his long-time friend, the Reverend Don Logan, officiating.[2]


  1. Virgil James "V.J." Courtney. Retrieved on June 26, 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Bill N. Courtney. The Baton Rouge Advocate (June 23, 2018). Retrieved on June 26, 2018.