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John Philmore Curtis

January 9, 1929March 15, 2021
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John Philmore Curtis was born on January 9, 1929, in Oraville, Maryland to James G. Curtis and Jeanette E. Curtis (nee Gray). He was the second of eight children. He Joined the U.S. Air Force (USAF) on September 23, 1951, and served for nearly 28 years. Highlights of John’s career were serving in the Korean & Vietnam wars and on assignment directly supporting the highly revered USAF General Curtis LeMay. While in the USAF, John travelled the world serving at Sampson Air Force Base (AFB), New York; Connelly AFB, Texas; Itazuke Air Base (AB), Japan; Langley AFB, Virginia; Bolling AFB, Washington, DC; Korat AB, Thailand; Tan Son Nhut AB, Vietnam; Nakhon Phanom AB, Thailand; Hickam AFB, Hawaii; Clark AB, Philippines; and Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. While in the Philippines, John met the love of his life Elvira “Elvie” C. Sansing and would later be joined in holy matrimony on September 19, 1978. After serving nearly three decades in the USAF, John officially retired as a Senior Master Sergeant on August 31, 1979, at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. John was a student of life with a great appreciation for education. Before retiring from the USAF, he earned his Associates of Arts Degree. Following his retirement from the military, John and Elvie moved overseas where he continued his second career as a Department of Defense contractor in Turkey for 19 years. He was employed by various companies such as Boeing, Holmes & Narver, and Vinnell, Brown & Root. John worked at three military installations in Turkey: Incirlik AFB, Ankara AB, and Izmir AB. While in Turkey, he joined the Masons and became a member of the Elwood Maxwell Military Lodge #39 of Delaware jurisdiction where he was an active member from 1986-1998. John and Elvie moved back to Maryland in 1998 where he filled his days with love, laughter, family, friends, and food. John enjoyed entertaining friends and family by cooking with love and showcasing his expert knowledge of the culinary arts. His cooking was often accompanied by stories from his many travels and friends he’d made along the way. One story he often told, while laughing infectiously, involved his beloved bread pudding. He’d made the dish for a friend only to find that he accidentally added cayenne pepper instead of ground cinnamon. In addition to his love for cooking, John was a fan of jazz music, playing spades, gambling, bowling, boxing, golf, and watching his Washington Football Team & Baltimore Ravens football games. Later in life John revealed his secret to staying young: maintaining a healthy green lawn. Caring for his lawn was a labor of love that John performed until four years ago. John is preceded in death by his parents, brothers, James Dunbar Curtis, Joseph Lionel Curtis, Jerome Kenneth Curtis, Francis Xavier Curtis, and Charles Leon Curtis; and son, John P. Curtis Jr. John leaves to cherish his memory: his loving wife of 43 years, Elvira; beloved children, Michael Curtis, Patrick “Hoagie” Curtis, Jackie Curtis, Donna Curtis, Kim Curtis, Juan Curtis, Monica Curtis-Heflin (Vincent), Patricia Curtis, Mary Debord (Dale) and Anthony Curtis (Janel); siblings, Bernard Maurice Curtis and Dorothy Cecelia Curtis-Young (William); daughter-in-law, Charlotte Curtis; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and friends.

Services

  • Visitation Huntt Funeral Home, Waldorf, Maryland

    Monday, April 5, 2021

  • Funeral Service, Huntt Funeral Home, Waldorf, Maryland

    Monday, April 5, 2021

  • Burial Maryland Veterans' Cemetery, Cheltenham, Maryland

    Monday, April 5, 2021

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Vicki Todd

April 5, 2021

On behalf of the L.J. and Shirley Todd family in Dallas, TX, I offer our deepest and sincerest condolences to the Curtis family and loved ones. We are praying for our nieces/nephews/cousins and family for peace and comfort in your time of sorrow. God be with each of you today and always. Love and Blessings, Vicki Todd

Francia Family

April 5, 2021

We will always remember you Uncle John. You have been a good provider, father and loving husband to our Aunt. Celebrate now as you feast beside our creator.

We all love you!!!

Lisa Johnson

April 4, 2021

Lisa Johnson Dallas Texas step daddy hoagie start much love to the Curtis family Happy Easter God bless everyone

Joseph Twiggs

April 1, 2021

It has been a blessing and honor to be an extended member of the Curtis Family as well as a neighbor. From the first day of meeting John, it was with open arms and a smile. We always met with a joyous smile before words were ever spoken and I will always cherish that memory.

I would never hesitate to assist John if ever he needed and I will continue to assist the family if ever I can.

I will always remember your smile and wave of kindness and love from across the street. You may be gone but never forgotten in my mind and heart.

With Love and Heavy Heart,
Your Neighbor Joe
Semper Fi

La Kesha Barnes

March 31, 2021

La Kesha Barnes

March 30, 2021

Robin Williams

March 25, 2021

I remember and I will never forget Mr. Curtis. His daughter, Jacquelyn was talking to her Dad on the phone, next thing I know she puts me on the phone. She evidently told Mr. Curtis that I was afraid of having Surgery, by the end of our conversation I decided to have Surgery, So Thank you Mr. Curtis for building up my confidence. Rest Easy
My prayers are for comfort for the family.

Dorothy Helligar

March 25, 2021

To the Curtis family--- There is no pain that heaven cannot heal. Our condolences to the family. We pray for God's strength during this time.

Sterlind Burke

March 25, 2021

I'll never forget being in Atlantic City with the Curtis Family. Mr. Curtis and I shared a birthday, so I would be able to accompany them on some of his birthday trips up there. On the first trip, Anthony, Howard, Mary and I are returning from being out at sometime after 3 am. We are walking through the casino and we run into Mr. and Mrs. Curtis hanging out and enjoying themselves, acting like it was 6 in the evening. I looked at them and laughed. After talking to them for a few minutes, we headed back to the room. We were exhausted and they were good to go. I will always remember my times with the Curtis family. Rest in peace sir. You will be missed.

Joan Curtis Waters

March 23, 2021

Condolences & much love to Philmore's entire family. May cherished memories & family love comfort your hearts. I will surely miss his smile & hearty laughter and forever treasure our family heritage ~ Cousin Joan

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