In the early afternoon hour of September 1, 2019, on a hot summer day surrounded by family and friends, this was the day God called me home. At 1:15 p.m., while everyone stood around me with tears in their eyes, God called out my name, he said, “Chris”, I said “Sir”, he said, “It is time for you to come home, you have fought a good fight, and suffering will be no more”, I said, “I tried to do my best”. Then God extended his hands and I was ready and willing to go. I bided this world a farewell, and stepped aboard.
Christopher Lavon Curlett arrived in this world November 28, 1970, in Brinkley, Arkansas, to Mrs. Sharon Antoinette Curlett-Lewis. Chris confessed Christ at an early age, attending church with his great- grandparents at Ash Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Cotton Plant, Arkansas. He attended school in the Arkansas School System; attending McDermott Elementary, Dunbar Middle School, and Little Rock Central High School. After high school in 1988, Chris joined the United States Army, where he attended Basic Training in Fort Dix, NJ. He went on to serve in Giessen, Germany, and Fort Hood, TX. SGT Curlett served proudly in Operation Desert Shield (Tel Aviv Israel) and Operation Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia.
After leaving the military, Chris became an Over the Road Truck driver. He spent 23 years behind the big wheel, logging over 1.5 million safe miles. Due to illness, he retired from trucking in May 2018.
After relocating to Georgia, Chris attended and later joined New Mercies Christian Church under the leadership of Pastor Jesse Curney, III, where he was a faithful member until his illness kept him from attending any longer.
Christ leaves to cherish: his devoted, caring, and loving wife of 27 years, Mrs. Zephanie Curlett; four beautiful children, Christopher Lavon Curlett, Jr., Salt Lake City, UT, Deymond Sankey, Montgomery, AL, Chantel Curlett, Norcross, GA, and Christopher Jawaun Curlett, Norcross, GA; one grandson that he absolutely adored, Christopher Jawaun Curlett, Jr. “CJ”; parents, Mr. Ronnie Lewis, Sr. (Evelyne), St. Louis, MO, and Mrs. Sharon Curlett-Lewis, Little Rock, AR; grandfather, Robert Curlett, Carlisle, AR; grandmother, Inez Hayes, Greenville, TX; eight sisters, Lawonna Lewis- Giles (Brandon), Alexander, AR, Shaneika Lewis-Williams, Benton, AR, Latonia Marks (Chris) College Park, GA, Kimira Lewis, Little Rock, AR, Turronda Black, Little Rock, AR, Tiffany Lewis-Clarke (ONeil), North Little Rock, AR, Gabriel Lewis, Jacksonville, AR, and Karen Worsham, Sherwood, AR; four brothers, Ronnie Lewis, Jr., St. Louis, MO, Benjamin Lewis, St. Louis, MO, Ryan Frierson, Little Rock, AR, Ramar Smith, Little Rock, AR; mother-in-law, Mrs. Shirley Culver (Jerry), Enterprise, AL; father-in-law, James Williams (Mamie), Prattville, AL; brother-in-law, Cedric Williams, Andalusia, AL; sisters-in-law: Joann and Angela Culver; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. Chris shared a very endearing relationship with his Uncle Vernon Miller, Little Rock, Arkansas, Uncle Richard and Aunt Joyce Adair, Jackson, MS, and his Aunt Future Armstrong, Jonesboro, AR; he considered them all “Bonus Parents.”
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