John Spurgeon Curtis, Jr. was born on November 3, 1959, in Chicago, Illinois to the late Mr. John Spurgeon Curtis, Sr. and the late Mrs. Elia Curtis. John blessed the Curtis’ home as the active, smart and curious twin boy, and developed into one of the most fun-loving, witty and caring men the Chicago’s “Southside” has known. John was a dedicated man of excellence and a natural-born engineer in his own right, with an exceptional gift of repairing the broken. This curiosity dates back to childhood, when he disassembled a perfectly good radio in order to understand how it functions and learned to put it back together. John was a humorous spirit who was loved by many people from all walks of life. His signature presence and loving essence will never be forgotten. His philanthropic gifts of complimentary repair services is just one mark to be remembered.
John spent his early childhood on the south side of Chicago, where he attended Okeeffe Elementary School and cultivated his talents in community service, leadership and athleticism. John went on to attend Hyde Park Academy. He left the city and headed south to the Mississippi Delta where he attended Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU), a Historical Black College (HBCU) in Itta Bena, MS. Between his studies, he shared his GQ fashion sense as a model for the MVSU Modeling Squad. He earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice in May, 1983. After graduation, John worked as a Prison Guard for the Mississippi State Penitentiary, also known as Parchman Farm, which is the oldest prison and the only maximum security prison for men in the state of Mississippi. John then partnered with his uncle, Dr. Joseph Curtis, in his successful political campaigns for city councilman in Greenwood, MS, of which Dr. Curtis eventually became president. For leisure, John brought his competitive nature into his participation in the WABG-TV company softball team and informal games on basketball courts. His games were complete once he “showed those young cats who was STILL boss (smile)!” John served the community of Greenwood, MS. as Assistant Coach for the TBT T-Ball League, spreading his love and knowledge of sports with the youth of this small town.
John left Mississippi to join the U.S. Army in 1984 as a Private First Class. He served our country with his four years of service and departed with an honorable discharge, but not before becoming a sharp shooter and obtaining a high-level security clearance. Free to live anywhere he wishes, John chose to move to Seattle, WA to be close to his sister, Renee, who attended law school in Eugene, Oregon at that time. He solidified a position in Seattle with The Boeing Company, working on a classified aircraft that we now know as the Stealth Bomber. He developed sports connections in Seattle and located its local softball teams and basketball courts, as well. He moved back to Chicago, his hometown, of which he was very proud. Here, John used his innate engineering gift to reinvent himself and put his repair skills to work, repairing everything from large appliances to automobiles. His gift was a blessing to his family business and the community at-large.
John was preceded in death by his loving parents; John Spurgeon Curtis, Sr. and Elia Williams Curtis, and two sisters; Jacqueline C. Churchill and Sandra C. Mott.
John leaves to cherish his life: three daughters; Jeneveri Renee Curtis of Atlanta, GA, Ashley Tahir Curtis of Atlanta, GA, and Nikita Sherri Roundtree of Houston, TX, one son; Chauncey Philip Curtis of Spokane, WA. four granddaughters; Ariana Tahir McGill (Chauncey), Francine Amora Emmanuel (Renee), Ava Amore Washington (Ashley) and Charlee Ann Thomas (Renee); four siblings in Chicago; twin brother, Joseph W. Curtis, Linda C. O’Bannon, Renee C. Norris, and Kimberly L. Curtis, a fifth sibling, Pamela C. Lewis of Silver Spring, Maryland, devoted aunts, nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
John’s spirit, passion and loving synergy will remain forever.