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Lewis Wesley Curtis, Sr.

April 14, 1927 January 23, 2020
Lewis Wesley Curtis, Sr.
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Obituary for Lewis Wesley Curtis, Sr.

Lewis Wesley Curtis, Sr. passed into eternity early Thursday morning January 23, 2020 at Ben Atchley Tennessee State Veterans Home in Knoxville, Tennessee. He was born on April 14, 1927 in Giles County, Bryson, Tennessee to loving parents Roy and Nora B. Curtis. He was the fourth of six children.

He gave his life to Christ as a young man in Nashville, Tennessee. He served as chairman of Deacon Board at Mt. Pleasant Baptist in Athens, TN and Mt. Zion Baptist in Fayetteville, TN. Lewis’s many friends and accomplishments bear witness to the fact that he was loyal, generous, reliable and helpful to all who knew him.

He attended Dellrose Colored School before attending Pearl High School in Nashville, TN and entered the United States Army in 1945, where he served in the 24th Infantry Regiment, historically known as Buffalo Soldiers. A WWII and Korean War veteran, Lewis served two tours before his honorable discharge. For his outstanding service he received numerous awards and commendations, including Combat Infantry Badge. In later years, he served as president of the 24th Infantry Combat Regiment Assn.

After the military, he received a B.S. and M.S. Industrial Education Degree from Tennessee State University in Nashville. While attending college, he was baptized at Mt. Zion Church in Nashville. He subsequently moved to Athens, Tennessee where he met and married his first wife of 37 years, Martha Curtis, and served his family and church faithfully. His life demonstrated his love of God, family and community. He taught and influenced many lives for over 31 years as a teacher at J.L. Cook High School and then at McMinn Central High School in Etowah, TN. With his employment at McMinn Central he became the first black teacher in the McMinn County School System. Before retirement in 1991, he served as Supervisor and Administrator for 4 years in the McMinn County School System. After the death of his first wife in 1993, Lewis married Zelda Mae Porter in 2001.

Lewis was preceded in death by his first wife: Martha Lawrence Curtis; second wife: Zelda P. Curtis; parents: Roy and Nora B Curtis; brother: LC Curtis; and sisters: Lurla C. Reid, Louetta C. Murphy and Louise C. Hardiman.

He is survived by his daughter: Terri Cage (Al) of Knoxville; son: Wesley Curtis (Cynthia) of Winston Salem, NC; biological grandchildren: Kristen Curtis of Phoenix, AZ, Trey Curtis of Greensboro, NC, Michael Curtis of Haveloc, NC, Colin Cage of Brooklyn, NY, Drew Cage of Boston, MA and Ethan Cage of Knoxville, TN. He is also survived by brother: Leroy Curtis (Charlene); sister-in-laws: Roberta Lawrence, Gloria Arnwine, Marilyn (Thomas) Cates, Joyce Hunter, Bonnita Smith; brother-in-laws: Robert H. Arnwine, Herman Arnwine; and many step-children, step-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Thursday, January 30, 2020 at M.D.Dotson & Sons Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Athens, TN from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m. Funeral services will be Saturday, February 1, 2020 in the chapel of Gallant Riverview Funeral Home. Visitation is 12:00 until 1:00 p.m. with the service to immediately begin at 1:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: Lewis Curtis Memorial Youth Fund, c/o Terri Cage, 10115 Fox Cove Rd, Knoxville, TN 37922.


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Visitation

Saturday

1

Feb

12:00 PM 2/1/2020 12:00:00 PM - 1:00 PM 2/1/2020 1:00:00 PM
Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home

508 West College Street
P.O. Box 508
Fayetteville, TN 37334

Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home
508 West College Street Fayetteville 37334 TN
United States

Service

Saturday

1

Feb

1:00 PM 2/1/2020 1:00:00 PM
Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home

508 West College Street
P.O. Box 508
Fayetteville, TN 37334

Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home
508 West College Street Fayetteville 37334 TN
United States
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