OBITUARY

Reverend Sherrill Dion Curtis

September 14, 1946June 24, 2020

Isaiah 6:8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!”

Life can happen faster than we realize at times and it will always have unexpected moments - some joyful- some very hard and all the in-betweens. On June 24, 2020, the unexpected happened and the world lost a husband, father, teacher, pastor, mentor, and friend to natural causes.

Once you met Sherrill, you did not forget him. He had a powerful, commanding voice and boundless knowledge to share. He believed in the power of education from the beginning of his life and continued to teach those around him to the end. He enjoyed sharing with others his love of books, passion for education, knowledge of history, and his deep faith, as well as instilling in everyone that you should constantly ask questions throughout your life.

Sherrill was born September 14, 1946 in Franklinville, NC. He was the son of Elvin and Mary Curtis. He graduated as valedictorian from Franklinville High School in 1964. He married his high school sweetheart, Lynda, June 10, 1967. In 1968, he graduated Summa Cum Laude from Appalachian State University with a degree in history. He went on to teach public school for the next 30 years, most notably at South Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, NC, and finishing out his teaching career at Providence High School.

He pursued his first master’s degree in Education and became a father to Todd and Allison during this time. He earned many awards throughout his teaching career including ‘Teacher of the Year’ for Charlotte Mecklenburg.

In his mid 50’s, he came out of retirement and pursued a Masters of Divinity. He became an ordained Lutheran Pastor in 2003 and served at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Dallas, N.C. for 9 years. In 2012, he left his home state to move to Massachusetts to be with his family. Even in retirement he stayed with his calling to be a pastor and married Allison to her husband Dave and became a doting pawpaw to his two grandchildren, Collin and Kenzie. He baptized both of his grandchildren.

The entirety of the Curtis clan has continually run into past students and colleagues of Sherrill their entire lives: in Europe, in an emergency room, in the middle of a mountain trail in NC, at a BBQ restaurant in Asheboro and even coworkers in Boston. He was loved. And will be much missed.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Lynda Curtis, of Lowell, MA; son, Todd Curtis, of Arlington, MA; daughter, Allison Curtis and her husband, Dave Shrewsbury, along with their two children, Collin and Kenzie, all of Arlington, MA.

There will be a grave side service at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Dallas, NC Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 2 p.m. Visitation will be Monday at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Dallas Funeral Home, 212 West Trade Street, Dallas.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of memorial contributions to either St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (http://giftfunds.stjude.org/sherrillcurtis) or a donation to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at 531 Hardin Road Dallas, NC 28034 in his name.

Turning to Ecclesiastes 3:1-4 for comfort during our sorrow: There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance…

Dallas Funeral Home is honored to serve the Curtis family.

  • FAMILY

  • Lynda Curtis, Wife
  • Allison Curtis (Dave Shrewsbury), Daughter
  • Todd Curtis, Son
  • Elvin Curtis, Father (deceased)
  • Mary Curtis, Mother (deceased)
  • Grandson,Collin,and Granddaughter, Kenzie

Services

  • Receiving of Guests

    Monday, July 6, 2020

  • Graveside and Committal Service

    Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Memories

Reverend Sherrill Dion Curtis

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Andrew Wolf

September 20, 2020

I am extremely saddened to hear this news and want to pass on my condolences to the family. Mr. Curtis has made a huge impact on my life. After many, many years of schooling and training, I can look back and easily say that Mr. Curtis is the best teacher I ever had. He was a tough teacher and a very kind man. Once I graduated, I tried to make it a point to visit Providence to thank him when I was back in town. He will be missed.

Ann Overton

August 17, 2020

I had Mr. Curtis for World History at South Meck in the late 80's. I only found out today that Mr. Curtis recently passed away. He helped instill in me my love of history. He was one of the most demanding, difficult teachers I ever had in high school, but I loved his class (World History). He taught my brother 15 years before me in the same school. Education has changed quite a bit, but he represents an enduring, oh so important idea - that teachers can truly touch the souls of their students in profound and everlasting ways. Rest in peace, Mr. Curtis. You are still loved and will be forever missed. May your memory be eternal.

Alana Cooper

July 23, 2020

Please know that your entire family is in my thoughts and prayers. As a student in Mr Curtis’ AP American and European history classes at Providence, my interest in history and learning at a deep level were sparked! An amazing man and an in for teacher, his passion for students and teaching were always evident.

He will be missed. May his memory be a blessing.

Alana Cooper

Jane Blanton

July 22, 2020

I do home communion with some shut-in ladies and was visiting one in the hospital, She assured me that if I wished to return the next day and bring communion it would be fine. She had permission. One time Pastor Curtis was visiting her in the hospital, and they were preparing to do communion when a nurse came in. "You can't do that!"
He just laughed and said, " Sure we can."
"But there are medications and dietary restrictions!"
"Nothing that comes from God is going to hurt anybody. We are just going to do communion here."
They went right ahead, and , sure enough, it didn't hurt her at all.
I took communion to the hospital.

Soledad Caballero

July 16, 2020

Mr. Curtis was my history teacher in Providence high school and I will never forget his impact on my life. I loved going to history class. He expected excellence from us and thought we were worthy of excellence. When I got into App State, he was so proud. I am now a professor of literature at a small liberal arts institution, and I know that the influence and power of Mr. Curtis's teaching is still with me today. It's so funny he went back to MA. Our lives intersected, as I went to grad school at Tufts. He taught all three of the Caballero sisters. We all still think of him with love and fondness. I am deeply sorry for your loss and so sorry I never reached out to tell him how much he meant to me. My deepest condolences to you and your family. You must be so proud to know how many people he impacted. I'll light a candle for him and your people today. -- Soledad Caballero

Tamara Croft

July 7, 2020

I was a student of Mr. Curtis at Providence High School during the mid-late 90’s. He was a wonderful educator that instilled in me a love for history that has lasted to this day. I took his world history class in 10th grade and his AP European history class in 12th grade during his last year of teaching public school. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to learn from him, and I see so many other memories on here that say the same. What a legacy! Sending prayers up for his family. Rest easy knowing he is in heaven waiting for you and enjoying long chats with the likes of Martin Luther and others he spent a lifetime studying and teaching about!

Kate Donaghy

July 7, 2020

His students at Providence High School called him "God" because he knew EVERYTHING about EVERYTHING. He taught us that history isn't just about names, places, and dates, but also art, music, and literature... humanity. It was definitely one of the most difficult classes I have ever taken, but it's the only one I *still* wish I could take again. What a great teacher.

Josh Martin

July 6, 2020

Thank you for having a visitation near Charlotte. I was a student of Mr. Curtis at Providence High School. His influence on my life was profound. He was a very admirable person and I was surprised and shocked to hear of his passing.
Thank you for giving us the chance to remember him to his family

Tom Skinner

July 6, 2020

Sherrill was a dear friend and colleague of mine at South Mecklenburg for many years. He was a hard worker and a leader, guiding us, inspiring us, and comforting us through many challenges that confronted us. His eloquence and command of the written and spoken word made him a natural choice to head many projects and initiatives, such as those involving re-accreditation and workshops to teach staff effective writing skills.
He was also an inspiring teacher. I still tremble at the memory of walking by his class when he was lecturing on Charlemagne's bloody conquest of the Saxons. He described it in such gripping and frightening detail, I thought I was in the thick of the battle! His students were so blessed to have had him.
And when the district threatened to remove World History from the curriculum, I know from an area superintend's testimony that it was Sherrill's numerous letters that were instrumental in persuading the school board to reverse its decision.
I was blessed to have many conversations with him about our families. Although I did not know Lynda, Todd or Allison personally, I knew them by name and knew how very much he loved them and was proud of them. I am blessed to have known him.
Tom Skinner

Lenell Brinson Porter

July 5, 2020

So sorry, Lynda, for your loss of Sherrill. I cannot imagine how difficult this is for you. Please know we love you and are praying for God's peace and protection for you and the family as you process all this and go forward with your lives. May your sweet memories of life with Sherrill all these years give you comfort in the days ahead.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY