2016 Mr. John Curtis

Mr. John Curtis
APCA Blue Ribbon Player
APCA Public Relations Person
Baltimore, Maryland

                                                           Mr. John Curtis seated left facing the Camera


Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble ofits own. Matthew 6:34

John Edward Curtis, who was also affectionately known as "J.C," was born August 27, 1940, inBaltimore, Maryland, to the late, Irving Curtis, Sr., and Juanita Carver. He was preceded. in death by one brother, Irving Curtis, Jr.("Fatman").

At a very young age, John and his athleticism, were at the forefront. He was ultimately a three letter-man - participating and excelling in track, baseball and basketball. John graduated from William C. Taylor High School, in Warrenton, Virginia, class of 1958. He was always very popular, and known for his "gift of gab" - a wordsmith, indeed.

After working for many years at Bethlehem Steel in Baltimore, Maryland, John Curtis became a million-dollar salesman for Franklin Life Insurance Company, and retired in the '90s, only to take on a new endeavor, years later, as owner and operator of South Capitol Beauty Academy in Southeast, Washington, DC. Everyone on the block knew "Mr. Curtis," and he was instrumental in giving second chances, to women who were recovering addicts, and needed a new career, along, with fresh hope.

On any given day, you would find John playing checkers with his dear friends at The AmericanPool Checker Association. He was an avid player, and even kept a checkerboard in the trunk ofhis car.

C, also loved to cook, and was known for his steamed crabs, with his secret seasonings, as well as his shrimp and crab stuffing, during Thanksgiving meals.

By his grandchildren, he was simply referred to as "peepaw," and in his community, he was a giant, among giants, a larger-than-life individual. John Curtis never met a stranger, and truly loved people. A lifelong member of the Masons, John attended Norfolk State University,where he also was a member of the Pershing Rifles, a military fraternal organization for college-level students.

At 9:15 a.m., on Tuesday, June 21, 2016, God decided to call Superman, man of steel, home,and he transitioned to a better place.

Among those he leaves behind with many memories, are his daughters: Joan (Bunny) Curtis,Fonda Woodard, LaVerne Knight and Pamela Muhammad. Additionally, two sons: BenjaminCurtis and Jon Curtis. Along with a host of grandchildren, a nephew, cousins and loved ones.