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JULIUS CHARLES “J.C.” COURT, 80, passed away peacefully Saturday, July 31, 2010.

The grandson of Sicilian immigrants, he was born on December 14, 1929 in Houston, Texas. He was the second of five children born to Charles Vincent Court, Sr. and Beulah Lucille (Benedetta Lucia) La Rocca Court of Stafford, Texas.

He was drafted in 1951 by the U.S. Army and served as a radio operator from 1951 to 1953.

A lifelong resident of Stafford, J.C. was a founding member of the Stafford Volunteer Fire Department, and served as an active member from 1957 to 1971. He also served on the city planning commission for one year before serving the City of Stafford as city councilman for twenty years.

While on the city council, he was instrumental in the creation of Stafford Municipal School District from July 1976 through August 1982.

Along with his brother, Charles, he purchased Court’s Hardware from their father in 1960 and served as President until his retirement in 2000. He was also an active member of AARP for a number of years following his retirement.

He enjoyed spending his free time with his family. He loved to fish and make homemade Italian sausage in his garage. He also loved to play cards and dominos with his friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Margaret Mary Court; and by his wife, Jettie Ann McNamara Court.

He is survived by his children, Margaret Mary Court, Jettie Leigh and husband Michael Wayne Kutach, Julie Ann and husband Bernard Joseph Talty, and Julius Damian “Jody” Court and his wife, Terri Lynn Meitzen Court; his grandchildren, Evan Michael Kutach, Grant Alexander Kutach, Jettie Kaylor Court, Jacob Christopher Court and Joseph Vincent Court. He is also survived by his siblings, Frances Court Lamb, Charles Vincent Court, Jr. and his wife Jean, and Mary Louise Court Ivey and her husband Wayne; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A visitation was held Wednesday, August 4, 2010, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, at Holy Family Catholic Church, 1510 Fifth St., Missouri City, TX, with a Rosary recited at 7:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Thursday, August 5, 2010, at 10:00 AM, at Holy Family Catholic Church, with the Rev. Sunny Joseph Plammoottil, Celebrant. The Rite of Committal followed at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in J.C.’s memory to one of the following organizations: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Donor Service, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202, (888) 557-7177,

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center, Development Department, 1400 La Concha Lane, Houston, Texas 77054, (713) 791-6688.

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