Curtis Lee Marcum, Sr.

July 26, 1920December 20, 2013
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Curtis Lee Marcum, Sr., 93, of Byhalia, MS passed away on Friday, December 20, 2013. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and was of the Baptist faith. Mr. Marcum was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Wanda Jean Marcum on November 4, 2013. He will be remembered by his two sons, Curtis Lee (Mattie) Marcum, Jr. and Robert Lee Marcum; two sisters, Maggie Goolsby and Betty Jean Turner; five grandchildren, Mickey Marcum, Michelle Marcum, Jessica Marcum, Lauren Marcum and Dee Dee Ross; and five great grandchildren, Charlie Marcum, Morgan Wagner, Meagan Wagner, Haley Ross and Christopher Ross. The gathering of family and friends will be from 5-8 p.m., Thursday evening, December 26 at Collierville Funeral Home. A Celebration of Curtis’s life will be at 2 p.m., Friday, December 27 at the funeral home with interment to follow in West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at


  • Gathering of Family and Friends Thursday, December 26, 2013
  • Celebration of Life Friday, December 27, 2013

Curtis Lee Marcum, Sr.

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jessica marcum

January 3, 2014

Granddaddy was a man I looked up to. I would spend my summers with him. My childhood was fun and very special to me. He tought me a lot . A lot of great memories i will hold dear to my hart. He was the type that was always on the go and a hard worker. Love u papa.

David Webb

December 28, 2013

Curtis Lee Marcum, Sr.
In loving remembrance by David W. Webb

Marcum is an English name,
taken from land near County Nottingham;
family crest heralds “mitis et audax”
to note a “gentle and courageous” man.

Curtis Senior carried this family name,
for 93 years on earth;
and now he's passed through heaven's gate,
as a soul of proven worth.

Not born to life of privilege,
yet but child when starting manly work;
with character forged in hard times,
from his duties he would not shirk.

On 30 December, 1944,
aboard USS Gavensvoort DD-608;
Curtis helped earn ship's battle stars,
as U.S. Navy Machinist's Mate.

Against fury of Kamikaze aircraft,
Curtis fought to save his ship and mates;
though 34 killed or wounded,
found less fortune in their fates.

World War won and his service done,
Curtis used skills both old and new;
to start a new profession,
and build home and family too.

Though he wasn't perfect,
he learned from his mistakes;
to become a man held in high regard,
for giving more than he takes.

Warrior – husband - father,
Paw-Paw – boss – or friend;
Uncle Curtis always helped us fix things,
only he knew how to mend.

Beyond earthly age and troubles,
eternal peace well-earned and overdue;
Curtis Marcum's now Chief Service Tech,
On heaven's fiery chariot crew!

Laura Alley

December 27, 2013

I remember Uncle Curtis spoiled us rotten, especially when we were little. He used to call me "Laura, Laura, on the wall". He was hilarious "racing" his electric wheelchairs down the driveway. Even during his last hospitalization, he was quietly cracking jokes. I will miss him!

Pam Wilson

December 24, 2013

Mr Marcum was a sweet friend and his visits to the bank were always a pleasure. He will be missed..Pam Wilson

Mattie Marcum

December 23, 2013

Mr marcum was a very special person and I am very proud he was my father in law. I am very blessed that I could take care of him and show him how much I loved him. He will be missed very much

Deedee Ross

December 23, 2013

you always took the time to listen, your wisdom seemed to put our minds at ease, i loved the talks & stories of all the places u have seen or been, u made me see the world with your words... im truly never gonna forget that, u will be greatly missed, ur step granddaughter, Deedee !!!

Robin Woodruff

December 23, 2013

My condolences to the Marcum family

Deedee Ross

December 23, 2013

I want to say that it was such a joy being around u. u were always telling jokes & making me laugh. im truly gonna miss u. Deedee Ross

Chris & Roxane Stewart

December 23, 2013

A very dear, sweet individual. He will be missed.
Our prayers and hearts go out to the family.
Love, Chris & Roxane Stewart