- Lives Somerset Kentucky in 2004. Per telephone interview 01/02/04, Gene joined the Navy in 1957 and moved away from Somerset and stayed in Navy being stationed in New York, Louisville KY and finally Virginia before retiring from the Navy in 1979. He moved from Virginia back to Somerset KY in about 1981.
Gene says he did not have much contact with his Curtis side of the family at his mother's insistence. This was so much the case that he related that it was not until he moved back to Somerset and just in the 1990s learned that his relatives (i.e. his grandfather Charles Curtis) had been involved in building, owning and operating the Somerset flour mill. Gene indicated that he never knew his grandfather Charles Curtis as Charles died before Gene was born. Gene remembers his Grandmother Lizzie. He also remembers other Curtis family members like Wilda and Bill Curtis who lived on a street behind them when he was growing up. Gene remembers his Aunt Wilda bringing him home from church once and it aggravated Gene's mother greatly. Gene said his mother strongly discouraged contact with the Curtis family by Gene.
Gene said he was born in one of the two rooms of the then Somerset Hosptial that was attached to the back of the drug store on main street in Somerset. Gene said that in 2004 that the room he was born in is one with the skylight and was still existing as a lawyers office accross from main street library and he had seen it a few years ago.
Lexington Herald-Leader (KY) - September 30, 2004
Deceased Name: SOMERSET - Gene Gordon Curtis
SOMERSET - Gene Gordon Curtis, 67, died Tues. Sept. 28, 2004. Visit, Thurs. after 6 pm. Services, Fri. 10 am, Chapel of Lake Cumberland Funeral Home. Visit Legacy.com
Commonwealth Journal, The
Newspaper Location: Somerset, KY, US
Gene Gordon Curtis, 67, Jarvis Avenue, Somerset, Kentucky, passed away Tuesday, September 28th, 2004 at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.
He was born May 12th, 1937 in Somerset, Kentucky, a son of the late Robert Curtis and Hulda Hansford Curtis. He was a retired United States Navy Vietnam Veteran, a member of the Somerset Masonic Lodge #111, and a member of Southern Heights Christian Church.
He is survived by his wife; Sue Wright Curtis, whom he married on February 28th, 1958 in Jellico, Tennessee: one son; Michael (and Linda) Curtis, Winchester, Kentucky: one daughter; Becky ( and Donnie) Fancher, Somerset, Kentucky: one brother; Michael Curtis, Charleston, South Carolina: 4 grandchildren; Chester Dick, Jr., Regina Dick, Mindy Fancher and Hayley Turner: 2 great grandchildren; Karissa Dick and Christopher Dick: one nephew; Bobby Curtis, Richmond, Kentukcy: several cousins: mother-in-law; Orpha Howell, Somerset, Kentucky.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, October 1st, 2004 at the Chapel of Lake Cumberland Funeral Home with Brother Don Jones officiating. Burial will be in Mill Springs National Cemetery, Nancy, Kentucky. Visitation will be after 6:00 p.m., Thursday, September 30th, 2004 at Lake Cumberland Funeral Home with Masonic services being conducted at 7:00 p.m., by the Somerset Masonic Lodge #111.
Military honors will be given by American Legion Post #38 Honor guard.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the American Cancer Society, 402 Coomer Street, Somerset, Kentucky 42501.