Curtis Lee Eskridge, 73, of Rockwood, passed away Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, at the Tennova Medical Center Turkey Creek in Knoxville. Curtis was a member and deacon at Philippi Primitive Baptist Church. He attended and was a graduate of Campbell High School in 1961. Curtis was an avid bowler throughout his life. He was a retired chemical operator of 34 years at K-25 in Oak Ridge. He is preceded in death by his mother, Rosetta Eskridge Jones Beck; great-grandmother, Etta Eskridge Roddy; father, Amos Roddy; brothers, Sterling Cooper and Lawrence Roddy; and brother-in-law, the Rev. Jerry Miller. He leaves to cherish his memory a devoted wife of 53 years, Dorothy Eskridge; children, Christopher Eskridge of Hampton, Va., Denise Winton (George) of Knoxville, Norma Reeves (Rod) of Knoxville, Keith Eskridge (Cindy) of Kingston, and Julian Eskridge (Shonda) of Knoxville; brothers and sisters, Pam Roddy, Laura Cook, Bonnie Roddy, Amy Roddy, Shirley Roddy, Virginia Miller, Brenda Easter (Troy), Harold Jones (Brenda), Herbert Jones (Vilma), McKinley Jones (Rika) and Donald Jones; stepmother, Helen Roddy; and stepfather, Elder James Beck Jr. He enjoyed the affection of 10 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. He also leaves devoted friends, Dee Markelonis, Elder James Knaff, Bro. Johnny Johnson, Bro. Albert Hawkins and many more. Arrangements are as follows: The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Evans Mortuary. Funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Evans Mortuary with Elder Phillip Corbett, Elder James Knaff, Pastor William Hall and Bro. Joe Eskridge officiating. Internment and graveside services will follow in Roane Memorial Garden in Rockwood.
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