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In Loving Memory
Harry Lee Curtis
5/5/1920 - 3/8/2013



Lenoir, NC- Harry Lee Curtis, 92, of the Taylorsville Road, Lenoir, passed away, Friday, March 8, 2013, at his residence.  He was born May 5, 1920, in Lenoir, the son of Samuel Luther Curtis and Mary Isabel “Dolly” Richards Curtis.  He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant sister, Ravenel, sisters, Virginia Curtis Suddreth and Mary Curtis Brown and brother, Banks M. Curtis.



Survivors include his wife, Bobbie Jaynes Triplett Curtis, a daughter, Dixie Curtis Westmoreland and a son, Roswell Richard Curtis, step-daughter, Candace Triplett, step-grandsons, Pierce and Andrew Casturao, a sister Patricia Curtis Presnell and a number of nieces and nephews.



Following graduation from Lenoir High School, he attended Berea College at Berea, Kentucky.  With World War II erupting he proudly served in the US Marines and went on to serve during the Korean Conflict.  He received an undergraduate degree in geology at Emory University.  He furthered his education at Vanderbilt University, the War College and received a Masters degree in International Affairs from American University in Washington, DC.  A member of United Presbyterian Church, Curtis also maintained membership with the American Legion.  He led an illustrious career span of thirty two years working at the Pentagon, teaching intelligence to commissioned and noncommissioned officers.  His career in the National Photographic Interpretation Center (NPIC) was cited for high ideals, professionalism and concern for all people.



His interest and fondness for gardening produced blue ribbon rewards for prized roses, luscious vegetables and fruits which he grew with pride.  Other hobbies included reading, especially history, music, theatrical productions, travelling and hiking. 



Military rites will be conducted Thursday, March 14, 2013, at 10:00 AM at Blue Ridge Memorial Park followed by graveside interment.  A memorial service will be conducted at United Presbyterian Church at 11:00 AM with the Reverend Steve Austin and Chaplain Steve Butler officiating.  Receiving of friends and relatives will follow the service.



In lieu of flowers the family respectfully requests memorial contributions be made to United Presbyterian Church, PO Box 1495, 415 Pennell Street, Lenoir, NC  28645 or Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood St, Lenoir, NC  28645. 



Online condolences can be sent to the Curtis family at www.evansfuneralservice.com.



Evans Funeral Service & Crematory of Lenoir are serving the Curtis family.



 



 



 



 


Online Condolences
From: John Dockery   Lenoir N.C.
Relationship:  Hospice Volunteer and Friend

Harry was always smiling and appreciated what anyone did for him. He enjoyed life to its fullest , even in his last days. His love for Bobbi was always visible in his eyes as he watched her and actually spoke with his eyes and facial expressions of his smile. I felt blessed by having known him. He was a true American citizen.
Sent:  3/10/2013
From: john Dockery   lenoir n.C.
Relationship:  Friend and Hospice Volunteer

Henry was a special individual in that he always was smiling and upbeat in spite of his disease . I treasure the few times I spent with both him and Bobbie. He is what it means to be a true God Fearing American .I considered him a blessing in my life and felt that he gave me more blessings then I gave him . Bobbie, you are a special person who stood by her man to the end. You can join him in Heaven one day . Take care of yourself and realize Harry is in a better place
Sent:  3/11/2013
From: Hydie Richards   Lenoir North Carolina
Relationship:  Friend

Pierce and Andrew: Sorry for your loss. I will pray for you and your family during this time.
Sent:  3/12/2013
From: Tom and Gwen Gibson   Lenoir North Carolina
Relationship:  Church Family

Our most sincere condolences to Bobbie, Candy, Pierce & Andrew and to Harry's family. We've missed Harry's sweet smile and sense of humor. We have truely been blessed to have been his and your friends. We are near if you need anything.
Sent:  3/13/2013
From: Paul & Mary Duncan   Lenoir NC
Relationship:  Friends

Dearest Bobbie and Family, Mere words cannot express the blessing of having you and Harry as our FRIENDS. During this time of sorrow, you are in our thoughts and prayers. May our heavenly Father give you comfort and peace even as Job said, "If a man die, shall he live again? All the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come. Thou shalt call and I will answer thee: thou wilt have a desire to the work of thine hands." And again, he says, "For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroyu this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold and not another; though my reins be consumed within me." And it is this hope of the resurrection and Christ's soon return that sustains us even as we walk through the valley of the shadow of death. We love you and may you these words of hope comfort you, our beloved friends! Paul & Mary Duncan
Sent:  3/14/2013
From: Sonya england   Morganton NC
Relationship:  Friend

Bobbie, you are in my thoughts and prayers. I pray sweet memories of Harry and you will carry you through the loss of your Precious Harry.
Sent:  3/25/2013

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