ORAN - Nelson Curtis, 76, died at 2:53 a.m. May 12, 2007, at his home.
Born Jan 21, 1931, at Cuba Landing, Tenn., to the late A.R. and Ollie E. Winters Curtis, he was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during the Korean War. He was a self-employed farmer and had attended the Murray Lane Baptist Church in Sikeston. He was a member and past president of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie No. 3319 and had served as trustee and secretary of the club for 19 years. He was a past state president of the Eagles and a past regional president. He was a member of the American Legion Henry Meldrum Post No. 114 and the Sikeston Elks Lodge.
On June 12, 1951, he married Alma Jean Daniels, who preceded him in death on July 20, 1977. On Dec. 13, 1980, at LaForge, he married Martha Shaw Hopper, who survives of the home in Oran.
Other survivors include: four daughters, Vicki Curtis and Nancy Laster of Sikeston, Christy Richardson of Portageville and Kim Porter of New Madrid; two stepsons, Robert Grimes of Sikeston and Billy Hopper of Garland, Texas; one stepdaughter, Lisa Stacy of Oran; seven brothers, Buel Curtis, Pete Curtis and Gene Curtis of Matthews, Perry Curtis of Kingman, Ariz., J.H. Curtis of San Diego, Jerry Curtis of Columbia and Don Curtis of Sikeston; two sisters, Ruby Silverthorn of Sikeston and Barbara Lasters of Oran; and 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Wallace Curtis; two sisters, Euphelia Curtis and Lois Hooks; and one grandson, Daniel Curtis Porter.
Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at Nunnelee Funeral Chapel, with an Eagles tribute service at 7:30 p.m. conducted by the state officers.
Services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Kelley Grubbs, pastor of Murray Lane Baptist Church, officiating.
Burial with full military honors provided by the Henry Meldrum American Legion Post of Sikeston will follow in the Garden of Memories Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be: Brad Hoffman, Art Stegall, Bill Johnson, Ron Hill, Don Lynn and Paul Luber.
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The family requests
donations be made to:
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place
Memphis, TN 38105-1942
American Cancer Society
P.O. Box 343
Sikeston, MO 63801