Gary Patrick Coursey died unexpectedly at his home Monday, May 12, 2014, in Ovilla, Texas, at the age of 53 years old.

Gary was born July 12, 1960, in Brownwood, Texas, to Loretta Hood and William Patrick Coursey. He was the oldest of four children, a role of which he took so seriously and they loved him dearly for it. He graduated from Brownwood High School in 1978 and moved to Arlington in 1985 where ultimately became employed with heritage LTV Aerospace which later became Triumph Aerostructures for the next 28 years until his retirement in February 2014. He met Lisa Hawley in 2004, Memorial day weekend and seven years later were married on Aug. 4, 2011, in Waxahachie, Texas. They became best friends and soul mates and loved each other dearly.

He was an avid high school and college football fan and enjoyed all outdoor activities. He took great joy in family activities and spearheaded yearly family reunions. He loved spending time with his two daughters and his beautiful granddaughter. He loved to travel and he and Lisa took many memorable trips together, many with no destination in mind, just go.

Preceding him in death was his mother, Loretta Hood Orr; his sister, Carrie Mechaele Coursey; his paternal grandparents, Clark and Melba Coursey; his maternal grandfather, Buford Allen Hood; and uncles, Bruce Hood and Sam Coursey both of which he had a special bond.

Survivors include his wife, Lisa Eileen; two daughters, Amber Nicole and husband Chase Sampson of Dallas, Adele O'Shay Hawley of Ovilla; and a son, Patrick Tanner Coursey of Arlington; and granddaughter, Kinley Paige Sampson; sister, Alicia Kalk Fall and husband Ron of Georgetown; brother, Johnny Sheldon Carson and wife Tracy of Burleson; his father, Pat Coursey and wife Nelle of Brownwood; maternal grandmother, Lee Green Hood of Wellington; his aunt, Sondra and husband Lyman Daniel also of Wellington; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, May 16, 2014, at Wayne Boze Funeral Home at 1826 West Highway 287 business, Waxahachie, Texas, 75165 followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 17, in the garden at Wayne Boze Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made in Gary's name to the Tri-Cities Animal Shelter and Adoption Center at 1150 East Pleasant Run Road, Cedar Hill, TX 75104. (972) 291-5335.

Arrangements are under the direction of Wayne Boze Funeral Home www.waynebozefuneralhome.com.