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David Curtis, 99, formerly of Corinth, died Saturday, April 29, at 99, only nine months short of his goal of reaching 100.

Our grief is eased by the joy of knowing that he is being reunited with his wife of 68 years, Eleanor Carr Curtis, who passed away in 2011.  His devotion to his wife was endless, as was his pride in each of his five children, and his delight in any time spent with his grandchildren or great-grandson.

He proudly served in the United States Army during World War II. David’s work ethic was above reproach.  No matter the job, he gave his full attention and strength.  He began working on farms at a very young age, keeping up and sometimes surpassing the grown-ups doing the same work.  At Phillips Petroleum in Williamstown, he rose to be foreman and often provided valuable input to improve production. After his day job, he came home to work on his farm, raising tobacco, hay, and cattle.

Parkinson’s disease tried its best to overcome David, but his perseverance, along with the physical strength he gained from all that farm work, enabled him to live many enjoyable years after his diagnosis.  He spent the last 10-and-a-half years at Thomson-Hood Veterans Center in Wilmore, where he was surrounded by angels disguised as caregivers.  Our family can never give enough thanks to the people who treated him with so much love and respect, you would have thought he was their own daddy.

In addition to his wife, David was predeceased by two children, David L. Curtis and Donna “Jenny” Martin.

Remaining to mourn his passing are his children: Diane Curtis (Marcus Manning), Jerry (Tina) Curtis, and Ken Curtis; his daughter-in-law Lynda Curtis; grandchildren, Michelle Martin, John (Mary) Curtis, Sally Curtis, Kenzie Manning, Jake Curtis, Sam Curtis and Peyton Manning; and one great-grandson, Thomas Westray, who always referred to David as “the great one.”  Additional survivors include: his sisters-in-law, Betty Johnson and Rachel Sanders, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

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