Courtney Neal Yarbough, affectionately known to his wife as "Leo", was born on August 9, 1975, in Corsicana, Texas. He transitioned to eternity with his Lord and Savior on February 20, 2021, in Frisco, Texas.
At the age of eleven, Courtney accepted Christ. Under the leadership of his mother, he was an active member of the Second Missionary Baptist Church where he attended Sunday school.
Courtney graduated from Corsicana High School. He went on to graduate from Texas State University where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. He then taught students in Austin Independent School District for a few years before moving to Houston, Texas where he met the love of his life, his rock, his ace, Kimberly Shantelle "Kimmy" Black. The two taught in the Alief Independent School District. During his tenure there, he earned his Master´s degree in Education from the University of Houston.
In 2005, he married his "hammer", Kim. They moved to North Texas, and God allowed them the gift of being parents to four amazing children. Courtney continued impacting the lives of students at Texans Can Academy, Lewisville Independent School District, and Leadership Prep School in Frisco. He impacted the lives of many of his students and colleagues with his ¨gentle giant¨ temperament.
He turned all of his children into sports fans quickly! They would all gather around the TV on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays and rally around whatever team they were rooting for that week, never missing an opportunity to watch the Cowboys hopefully lose. Nevertheless, he instilled God's word into each of them and ensured that it was a fabric of the family´s core values.
Courtney was known for his supportive, loving, and easy going temperament. He had a gift for meeting people where they were, with no judgement. Courtney was not only a supportive, loving, and compassionate guardian to his wife, children, and students, but also to his friends. He was a remarkable and inspiring friend who would give the shirt off his back. He loved to get friends and family together to eat and would definitely have a hand in one if not all of the food items, especially Bar-B-Que. Courtney loved to live life to the fullest, seeking every opportunity to serve others and root his children onto a victory.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Yarbough in July 2020 and Euradella Yarbough in December 2020. Those left to cherish precious memories include his wife, Kim; daughter, Nia (15); son, Cade (13); son, Austin (10); son, Crayton (3); parents-in-law, James and Alice Black; brother, Charles Kirklin Yarbough; sister, Rose Marie Small (Anthony); sister-in-love, Lisa Yarbough; niece, Nona Yarbough; nephew, Anthony Small III; great-nephews, Austin and Tripp Small; several aunts and uncles; best friends and his family by choice: JJ, Ozenne, and Yolanda; and many beloved colleagues and dear friends.