Born July 24, 1924, in Bertrand, Mo., son of the late Mark and Minnie Curtis, he graduated from Bragg City High School, was employed by Norge Refrigeration, was an automobile salesman, was a railroad brakeman was employed by State Farm Insurance and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Shannon, Miss. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in WWII. He earned three overseas bars, the Victory Ribbon, the American Theatre Ribbon, the European African Middle Eastern Theatre Ribbon with two bronze stars and the Good Conduct Medal.
In July of 1947, he married Jean Rayburn, who survives.
Survivors also include two sons, Mike Curtis and wife, Darlene, of Blue Springs, Miss., and Richard Curtis and wife, Betty, of Okolona, Miss.; one daughter, Joni Chandler and wife, Gary, of Tupelo, Miss.; two sisters, Marie Moore, of Lansing, Mich., and Ruby Vance, of Las Cruces, N.M.; one brother, Leon Curtis and wife, Betty, of Wardell, Mo.; seven grandchildren, Karen Anderson, Mark and Jennifer Curtis, Lisa Davis, Susan Culpepper, and Jake and Hannah Chandler; two step-grandsons, Gary Chandler, Jr., and Grant Chandler; eight great-grandchildren, Paige, Kristin and Michael Anderson, Andrew and Anna Curtis, Alexandra and Donavan Davis and Hope Culpepper and five step-great-grandchildren, Carter, Caroline, Josh, Gracie and Taylor Chandler.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Bill and Hiram Curits and two sisters, Eltis Pope and Essie Carnes.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, July 21, at the Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Verona, Miss., with the Rev. Mike Bridges officiating.
Burial with military honors was in the Lee Memorial Park Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Scott Anderson, Jamie Culpepper, Hugh Davis, Mark Curtis, Jake Chandler, Gary Chandler, Jr., Grant Chandler and Roger Tarver.
Honorary pallbearers were his Adult Men's Sunday School Class and State Farm Agents and staff, former and present.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church , Shannon Building Fund, P.O. Box 21, Shannon, Miss. 38868 or the Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, Miss. 38803