James Wesley “Jimmy” Courson

Published 7:16 pm Monday, October 29, 2018

James Wesley “Jimmy” Courson passed from this life on Oct. 23, 2018, at Ridgewood Manor in Washington, North Carolina. Jimmy is survived by his sister, Ginger Courson Billups, and her husband Frank; his brother, Reid Courson and his wife Janet; his niece, Julie Billups-Rattler and her husband Melvin; his nephew, Paul Andrews and his wife Dana; his nephew, Jeremy Andrews; his nephew, Zach Courson; and his nephew, Peter Courson; along with five great-nieces and -nephews. Jimmy leaves behind a multitude of good friends and neighbors in Belhaven, the N.C. Ferry System and the United States Coast Guard. Jimmy found a place in the heart of his community. He will be missed.

Jimmy was born on Aug. 26, 1944, in Norfolk, Virginia, to the late James Earl and Cecelia Farrow Courson. Jimmy lived his life in Belhaven and was so at home in his coastal surroundings. He was an artist who worked tirelessly on designing and building model ferries and U.S. Coast Guard boats. Jimmy’s work has been displayed at several art exhibits. The U.S. Coast Guard honored Jimmy throughout his life. (Please see link below.) When Jimmy wasn’t creating art in his workshop, he was enjoying the freedom of bike riding. Jimmy overcame many difficult constraints in this life. He is now free.


Paul Funeral Home & Crematory of Washington is honored to serve the Courson family.