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Carothers Funeral Home

212 West Trade Street, Dallas, NC

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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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.

Segreta Mason

July 4, 2020

I enjoyed having Mr. Curtis for one of my teachers at South Meck. and I'm sending my sincere condolences.

Carole Bradley

July 4, 2020

Prayers and my deepest sympathy to Sherrill’s family. He is irreplaceable among his family and so many colleagues and students from South Mecklenburg High School. I knew him as a colleague and though I did not know him well....I knew we were blessed to have him teaching our young people. A quintessential gentleman and scholar. Rest In Peace ....

Susan Early

July 4, 2020

So sad to hear of Mr Curtis’ passing. I was in his World History class at South Mecklenburg High in 1970. I credit him with the inspiration to become a History teacher myself. He will always hold a special place in my heart. He was the only teacher who really understood us “hippie freaks”. He listened to what we had to say and wanted to understand. I’ll always love and respect him for that. May he go in peace to his well-earned heavenly reward.

Stephen Hill

July 4, 2020

Mr. Curtis' AP history course really kicked my behind...and helped me to truly succeed at university. I think of his commanding history lessons often.

Roslyn Sloop Troutman

July 4, 2020

Mr. Curtis taught me in AP World History. I became a high school history teacher because of him. God bless.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY