William J. Courtland, 84, of Twinsburg, OH, went home to glory at Holy Family Home Health Care & Hospice in Parma, OH. He was born on March 23, 1938, to the late Emanuel Courtland, Sr. and the late Louise Hatcher in Selma, Alabama. He was one of four children. William came to Cleveland, OH, when he was 15 years old. He attended East Tech High School. He later met his future wife, Cora J. Giles, and they married on May 30, 1959. From this union, they had four beautiful girls. William and his family moved to Twinsburg, OH, in August 1979.
William worked as an over-the-road truck driver for Tavens, Spector Freight and then as an independent contractor for Central Transport. After retiring for driving truck, he worked at Hans’ Freightliner of Cleveland for many years. When he retired from Hans’, he began working part-time for Dean’s Truck Body of Twinsburg until he could no longer continue to work.
William began his spiritual journey at Second Missionary Baptist Church where he was ordained as a deacon and served for several years. He later joined Mt. Zion of Oakwood Village, where he was a faithful, long standing member until Covid. He honored God’s kingdom by serving communion to the sick and shut-ins. He also was a wonderful mentor to several men in and outside of the church.
William enjoyed playing dominoes and watching old western movies. He also loved to dance and in his leisure years he enjoyed riding his trike with his lovely wife, Cora. William loved his family, especially his grandkids and great-grandkids. He was truly the definition of a “girl dad”.
William was preceded in death by his father, Emanuel Courtland, Sr., his mother, Louise Hatcher and his wife, Cora J. Courtland. He leaves a legacy that will go on for many generations to come. His voice may have been silenced but his precious memories will forever live in the hearts of his daughters, Annette Courtland of Twinsburg, OH; Corlette Courtland-Marshall (Russell) of Maple Heights, OH; Jeanette Triggs (Reginald) of Johns Creek, GA; Sharon Courtland of Twinsburg, OH; two granddaughters, Angela Harris (Jason) of Oakwood Village, OH; Ashlee Courtland of Twinsburg, OH; four great-grandchildren, Aaliyah Courtland, Blake Harris, Bryson Harris and London Newman; mother-in-law Carrie Giles of Twinsburg, OH; sister Henrietta Brantley of Maple Heights, OH; brothers Sampson Courtland (Ruby) of Twinsburg, OH; Emanuel Courtland Jr. (Theresa) of Strongsville, OH; and a host of family and friends.
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