A Loving Tribute to Eloise Kay Curtis

Friday, April 23, 2021 | 1 pm
Bethel A.M.E. Church
623 Crawford Avenue | Augusta, GA
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Reverend Augusta Hall, Officiating
A Loving Tribute to

"Honor her for all that her hands have done, and Let her works briny her
praise at the City of Gates - Proverbs 31:31
It is with sad hearts that we have come to praise and celebrate the life of a
Christian woman who made her transition to her eternal home on Saturday,
April 17, 2021. Though saddened and sorrowful for our loss, we come
in appreciation for God has blessed us and allowed us to witness and
benefit from the life and works of his dedicated servant, ELOISE K.
Eloise was the youngest of four children born into the loving
* * household of the late Ranee and Eldora Curtis on April 26,
1939, in Augusta, GA. A very active young child in pursuit of
learning, Eloises life was devoted to outdoor games, exercise, and
reading books of interest to children. Through conversations with
% adults in the family and community, her interest in education
and knowledge grew quickly. She attended Collins Elementary
and Lucy Laney High School. Eloise was very active in Physical
Education and played sports for many years. This love for physical fitness continued into college. Eloise
attended Allen University in Columbia, SC. Allen being an A.M.E. college provided Eloise with an
expanded intellectual emironment while also offering a rich religious experience.
Graduating from Allen with a degree in Physical Education, Eloise began her career as a teacher in
the Richmond County School System at home in Augusta. During this time she affiliated with the Zeta
Phi Beta Sorority, where she began a lifelong association that spanned many years. Eloise spent her
summers studying at 1 ennessee State University in Nash\ille, where she earned a Master's Degree in
Physical Education. A much loved and respected teacher by both students and parents, Eloise earned
the reputation of being a no-nonsense committed educator. She taught middle and high school for over
thirty years. Eloise was a School Board Member of School District 2 for approximately twenty years.
She was a devoted and faithful member of Bethel A.M.E. Church and stalwart in the community. She
served as a member of the Missionary Society, Lay Organization, Chance] Choir, Happy Bunch and over
the years she taught Sunday School and Daily Vacation Bible School.
Eloise was preceded in death by: her parents, three brothers and nephews. She leaves to mourn her:
nieces and nephews, Rosalyn Wilson of Augusta, GA, Vincent (Sharon) Curtis, Wayne (Lisa) Curtis,
Jeffery Curtis, Derek (Tekiesha) Curtis of Houston, TX, Jonathan (Katrina) Curtis of Charleston, SC,
Adrian (\ olanda) Curtis of Atlanta, GA, Ranee W. (Rosa) Curtis, III of Oceanside, CAand Monica Curtis
of Atlanta, GA, Deirdre A. Curtis, Ed.D of Upper Marlboro, MD and David K. Curtis of McDonough, GA;
cousins, W illie Curtis, Jr., Marshall Curtis, Baron L. Curtis, Verma Curtis, all of Augusta, GA and Mae
Ola Abrams of Ventor, New Jersey; aunt, Margaret C. Hardy of Beech Island, SC; uncle, James Paul
Curtis of Augusta, GA; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
Clergy and Family
Reverend LaVern Comer
The Lords Prayer (West Indies)
Hettie Copeland
Reverend Alvin Jenkins
Old and New Testaments
Ciass Leader - Butch Gallop
Co-Worker - Mr. Marion Barnes
Friend - Dr. LeJuene Hickson
Family Member - Deirdre A. Curtis
Read Silently
Reverend Augusta Hall
Clergy and Family
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The House by the
Side of the Road
There are hermit
souls that live withdrawn
In the peace of their self-content;
There are souls, like stars, that dwell apart,
In a fellowless firmament;
There are pioneer souls that blaze their paths
Where highways never ran;-
But let me live by the side of the road
And be a friend to man.
Let me live in a house
by the side of the road,
Where the race of men go by-
The men who are good and the men who are
bad, As good and as bad as I.
I would not sit in the scorners seat,
Or hurl the cynics ban;-
Let me live in a house
by the side of the road
And be a friend to man.
I see from my house
by the side of the road,
By the side of the highway of life,
The men who press with the ardor of hope,
The men who are faint with the strife.
But I turn not away from their smiles nor
their tears-Both parts of an infinite plan;-
Let me live in my house by the side of the
road And be a friend to man.
I know there are brook-gladdened
meadows ahead
And mountains of wearisome height;
That the road passes on through the long
afternoon And stretches away to the night.
But still I rejoice when the travelers rejoice,
And weep with the strangers that moan,
Nor live in my house by the side of the road
Like a man who dwells alone.
We, the family of Eloise Kay Curtis, are deeply
grateful for each and every prayer offered, all acts
of Christian kindness and love expressed during
our time of sorrow. May God richly bless each
and every one of you always and forever.
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