In memory of
E. Wayne Curtis Sept. 17, 1920 - Nov. 9, 2020 OKLAHOMA CITY On Nov. 9, E. Wayne Curtis, 100, of Oklahoma City, quietly slipped away to be with the Lord. He was born in Monroe County, TN in Sept. 1920. After graduation, Wayne worked at the Alcoa Plant in Knoxville when WWII broke out. He joined the armed services, a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving stateside as a fighter pilot flight instructor. His military training brought him to Norman, OK, where he met his future bride of 65 years, Bettie J. Rea, of Oklahoma City. They married in Jan. 1944 and settled back in OKC for the long haul. He was honorably discharged from the service in 1958. After the war, he began his lifelong entrepreneurial journey. He started by selling encyclopedias door-to-door, and then to selling beer boxes to restaurants. He sold shake makers to a young, ambitious Ray Crock, and eventually, started his namesake, Curtis Restaurant Supply. A pioneer in the restaurant equipment world, his legendary presence, support, and influence spurred successes nationwide still in operation today. As a father, husband, friend, and Christian, Wayne modeled undeniable integrity, honesty, grace, kindness, compassion, and generosity to his family, friends, and everyone in his presence. His faith in Jesus Christ was his bedrock. He loved his church, Crossings Community Church, volunteering at their medical clinic until age 96 and attending a morning men's Bible study up to age 99. The light of his faith shone to everyone he met. He was a true Tennessee gentleman... with a caring heart, uplifting humor, gleeful gratitude, engaging smile, common-sense wisdom, and a dapper look that was only surpassed by his ever-present humility. He loved everybody, and everybody loved him. Wayne is survived by: his children, Dick (and Dee) Curtis, Jennie Curtis, and Ted (and Kara) Curtis; his grandchildren, Catherine (and Aaron) Jarrette, Christine (and Scott) Fleer, Clara Curtis, KateLynn "Katie" Curtis, and Will Curtis; his great-grandchildren, Aidan, Rylie, Peyton, and Brennan Jarrette, Mazie and Lexi Fleer; and his nieces/nephew, LeeAnn (and Tom) Powell, Rea (and Joe) Baldridge, and Michael Baldridge. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Wayne will be buried in a private family service, with full military honors. His memorial service will be postponed until after the pandemic is better under control. Viewing will be Monday, Nov. 16, 12-8 p.m. at Hahn-Cook Funeral Home, 6600 Broadway Ext., 73116. Memorial contributions may be made to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation or to the Red River Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
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