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Ernest Don "Bearcat" Courtney
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Birth: Nov. 29, 1915
Shelby County
Missouri, USA
Death: Aug. 12, 1929
Shelby County
Missouri, USA

Ernest was born the son of William & Etta Failor Courtney of Shelbina MO.

Ernest's nick-name was "Bearcat". He was a close boyhood friend and sparring [boxing] partner of Freddie L. Richards. My father Freddie related to me that he and Bearcat were either fighting each other or somebody else most of the time. Tough town, Shelbina!

Bearcat was tragically killed when hit by car as he was crossing Maple Street [route 36] in Shelbina. Freddie was hanging onto the back of his father Charley's pickup truck with Bearcat running behind them at a distance. Dad heard a screech and a scream and ran back to find Bearcat already expired under the car.

Ernest's brother Robert is also buried in this cemetery, but I do not know where their parents are buried. 
Shelbina Cemetery
Shelby County
Missouri, USA
Created by: Harold G. Richards
Record added: Jan 27, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 33295991
Ernest Don Bearcat Courtney
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Dad thought a lot of you, Bearcat.
- Harold G. Richards
 Added: Feb. 3, 2009

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