Source: Crawfordsville Journal Review 31 March 1931 p 1
Ned Courtney, a former resident of this city and for the past several years prominently identified with the Commercial Appeal at Memphis, Tenn passed away at his home in that city Tuesday according to a message received here. Mr. Courtney who was well known in this city, left Crawfordsville about 25 years ago. He was a brother of Robert Courtney whi is an official with the Hagensbeck-Wallace circus. According to the message received here the body will be returned to Crawfordsville for burial. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. John R. Courtney.
Source: Crawfordsville Journal Review 31 March 1931
Funeral services for Edward Carrington (Ned) Courtney, former resident of this city who died at his home in Memphis, Tenn Tuesday morning at 9 o’clock following a heart attack will be held here Thursday afternoon at 3 o’clock at the grave in Oak Hill Cemetery. The body will arrive in Crawfordsville Thursday afternoon at 12:26 over the Big Four railroad and will be taken directly to the Utterback & urphy funeral home where friends may view the remains. Dr. John Ward, pastor of the First Methodist Church here, will be in charge of the services. Mr. Courtney, who at the time of his death was connected with the Memphis Commercial Appeak, one of the leading newspapers in the south, was born in this city on April 26, 1881. He was a son of John R. and Lizzie Courtney. He attended the local grade and high schools and was a member of the class of 1906 of Wabash College. At Wabash he was a member of the Phi Dela Theta fraternity. He also was a member of the Elks Lodge at Memphis. He left this city twenty-five years ago. Mr. Courtney is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Made Princeof Memphia and Mrs. Mary Merrill of Franklin, Tenn and one brother, Robert Courtney, an official of the Hagenbeck-W circus, who resides in this city when not on the road with the circus. Mr. Courtney started his newspaper career as a member of the editorial staff of the Crawfordsville Journal. While attending Wabash he was employed on that publication.
Source: Briston, Tenn Herald Courier 1 April 1931 p 2
Memphis, March 31 - E. C. "Ned" Courtney, widely known Memphis newspaper man, died at a hospital here today after a brief illness. His death was due to heart attack. He was born in Columbus, Indiana (sic)
Source: Crawfordsville Journal Review 3 April 1931 p 7
Friends and relatives of Ned Courtney, former Crawfordsville resident who died suddenly this week at Memphis, Tenn gathered at the Oak Hill cemetery Thursday afternoon where they attended the funeral services for this well known newspaper man. Dr. John S. Ward, pastor of the First Methodist Church conducted the funeral rites. Pall bearers for the service were: Gaylor McCluer, Harry Duckworth, Earl Berry, Irwin Garver, Harry Swan and JJ Darter. Mr. Courtney who left this city about twenty-five years ago, died suddenly, his death being caused by a heart attack. For the past several years he had been a prominent member of the Commercial Appeal staff at Memphis. The Commercial Appeal is commenting upon his death in an editorial published the following: In the newspaper field there are men commonly classified as “stars.” Ned Courtney was one. There was no job on the editorial floor he could not do well. He was one of the most versatile of Memphis newspaper men. His intellectuality was great. His store of knowledge, gained from life’s experience vast. He knew how to use both to advantage.