|Obit*||Walter Ray's obituary was published in the Rome News-Tribune on 1 March 2016: |
Walter “Ray” Curtis, 83, of Rome, passed from this life to his heavenly home at a local hospital on Saturday, February 27th, 2016, surrounded by his loving family. A long-time resident of Rome, Mr. Curtis was born on October 18th, 1932 in Alabama City, Alabama, son of the late Walter E. Curtis and the late Minnie Jane Dewberry Curtis Wood. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one brother, Doug Curtis and one sister, Kitty Bryant. He was a graduate of Coosa Valley Tech, where he received an electronics degree. He was employed with General Electric Company as a Supervisor in the Core Shop until his retirement in 1991. After retirement, he continued consulting with GE and was also a bailiff with the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department. He was a member of North Broad Baptist Church, which he attended with his wife for many years. Mr. Curtis was a gifted woodcarver, an avid member of the Coosa Valley Carving Club, a talented painter and also enjoyed spending time with his family and his many friends.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Barbara Ann Dorsett Curtis, and daughters, Karen Hedgelon (Myron) and Allison Cape (Steve); grandchildren Steve Carter (Patricia), Brad Helbing (Jennifer), and Erin Helbing (Adam); great grandchildren Randy Carter, Maddox Helbing, and Amelia Helbing. Surviving siblings include Patrick Curtis, Judy Casteel, and Randall Curtis. A number of nieces and nephews also survive. He also leaves behind his beloved dog, Maxx.
The family will receive friends at Daniel’s Funeral Home from 6pm to 8pm on Tuesday, March 1st, 2016. A celebration of life service will be held at 1pm on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 at North Broad Baptist Church with Reverend Micah Pritchett officiating. Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 73123, or to the Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter, 922 East Morris St. Dalton, GA 30721.Pallbearers include: Greg Curtis, Bobby Casteel, Myron Hedgelon, Adam Childress, Steve Raper, and Terry Hembree.2