Mrs Willie Curtis Many Leaned on her shoulders


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By Floyd Miller | October 8, 2006

Marilyn and I arrived at the funeral for Mrs. Curtis about 3:58 p.m. Instead of most people being inside the church, a large crowd was standing outside. They were waiting for the arrival of Mrs. Curtis’ body. {{more}} At approximately 4:15 p.m. we heard the sound of a lone musician playing “When The Saints Go Marching In”. Following him was a beautiful horse drawn carriage bringing the body of Mrs. Curtis. From that point, everything was executed with military precision.Her son-in-law, Harold Ray of the Redemptive Life Church in Florida was the M.C. He said the service was to be a celebration and that is what it was. Preachers, friends, relatives, members of church organizations, and funeral associations spoke. One of the most potent moments came when the last funeral staff for Curtis-Starke Funeral Home was recognized. A spokesman for the group said this was the final way they could honor her. She spoke eloquently about the leadership and good deeds of Mrs. Curtis.It was finally time for her minister, Matthew Lubin, Sr. to deliver the eulogy. He quickly went to IITimothy 2:3-4; “You therefore must endure hardships as a good soldier of Jesus Christ, no one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier”. He said, “Thank God he didn’t ask for a sinless soldier”. After those remarks he spent the most of his sermon weaving in the many deeds of Mrs. Curtis life and how they related to being a good soldier. There were many “Amens” from the crowd.After the sermon, the staff of Spencer Funeral Home marched in like soldiers on review for their Commander-In-Chief. They approached the casket, did some ceremonial things and with one effortless movement they put the casket on their shoulders. As they turned to march out the congregation began to sing “We Are Soldiers In The Army.” The staff was marching as if they had just come from the battleground with a victory. I could not help but think about the many years that Mrs. Curtis has carried “heavy hearts on her shoulders”. Her service was certainly a fitting tribute to a lady that has done so much for our community.