A gathering of family and friends for a time of reflection will be from 5:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. Friday, April 13, 2012 at Broussard’s Mortuary, 505 12th Street in Nederland with a rosary to be recited at 6:00 P.M. at Broussard’s. Honoring Mike as pallbearers are 6 of his golfing buddies, Bert Miller, Terry Duhon, Kenneth Duhon, John Guidry, Boogie Edgerly and J. K. Petteway. Sally, Chad, Michelle and all of the Courville family wish to extend their sincerest of thanks to Cathy, Fatima and all of the staff of Harbor Hospice for the loving care extended to Mike during his final days. Michael David Courville, 68, of Nederland,passed away Thursday, April 12, 2012 at his home with his family by his side after an illness. Mike was born on January 26, 1944 in Port Arthur, Texas to his parents, John Preston Courville, Sr. and Margaret Helen (Schexnayder) Courville. Mike worked as a postal carrier for the United States Postal Service, he was a member of St. Theresa the Little Flower of Jesus Catholic Church in Port Acres, and he was a member of the Knights of Columbus, St Christopher Council #3195 in Port Acres. Mike will be remembered as a kind, easy going kind of man who enjoyed playing golf, going fishing, gambling “out of state,” and spending time with his family. Mike is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, John Preston Courville, Jr. Those who will most cherish his memory are his beloved and devoted wife, Sally Courville of Nederland; his son, Chad Courville and his wife, Joanna of Port Neches; his daughter, Michelle Marley and her husband, Shawn of Nederland; his sister, Helen Christy of LaPlace, Louisiana; his six grandchildren, David Courville, Kenneth Courville, Steven Courville, Meagan Marley, Kaitlyn Marley and Brendan Marley. Mike is also survived by numerous members of his extended family. Services to honor his life will be in a Mass of Christian Burial at 12:00 P.M. Noon on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at St. Theresa the Little Flower of Jesus Catholic Church, 6412 Garnet Avenue, in Port Acres. Father Rejimon E. George, CMI will be the celebrant. Cremation and service arrangements are under the direction of Dorman Funeral Home in Orange. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in memory of Mike to St. Theresa the Little Flower of Jesus Catholic Church and/or the Knights of Columbus, St. Christopher Council #3195, 6455 Garnet Avenue, Port Arthur, Texas 77640-1307. Mike has now gone on to meet his Savior and will now enjoy the golf courses of heaven. Keep them long and straight Mike, may the beauty of the greens go on forever. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.dormanfuneralhome.com
LONDON, (Reuters) – A vintage display by Roger Federer took him past Rafael Nadal into the Wimbledon final in an eagerly-anticipated first grasscourt duel between the great rivals for 11 years today. The 40th career meeting between the golden duo with 38 Grand Slam titles between them, swung this way and that before Federer seized control to claim a 7-6(3) 1-6 6-3 6-4 victory.World number one and defending champion Novak Djokovic now stands between the 37-year-old Federer, the oldest finalist here since Ken Rosewall in 1974, and a record-equalling ninth Wimbledon title in Sunday’s showpiece.“I’m exhausted. It was tough at the end,” said 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer, who needed five match points to end an absorbing scrap that never scaled the heights of their 2008 epic when Nadal won a final dubbed the greatest of all time. “Rafa played some unbelievable shots to stay in the match. The match was played at a very high level.“It was a joy to play today,” he added after reaching his 31st Grand Slam final.