Edgar Rogers Curtis (1950 - 2017)

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Edgar Rogers Curtis, age 67, passed away on June 19, 2017, in Wasilla, Alaska.
Edgar was born on Feb. 5, 1950, in Clayton, N.C., where he remained until graduating from high school. He often reminisced of his mother's strong faith in God and work ethics, which had made a profound impact on his life. He enjoyed being a big brother and spoke fondly about the good times that he shared with his siblings, whom called him Rogers.
Shortly after high school Rogers joined the Army, thus being called "Curtis." Curtis was stationed in Alaska, where he met the love of his life, Cheryl Cowdery, in 1974. They tied the knot in 1982. God blessed them, in 1986, with the birth of their son, Gary. Bonding with his son were some of the happiest moments of his life.
After nearly 30 years with the Anchorage School District in the Custodial/Maintenance department, he retired. Edgar touched many lives including students he mentored. Throughout the years, past students would recognize and stop him just to say "Thank you." At times they brought Edgar to tears when they shared the positive influence that he made in their lives; whether it was his sweet smile, him taking a moment to listen, or simple words of encouragement. He was a wonderful role model for his son, passing along the same strength and work ethics that his mother had instilled in him. Edgar was super proud of his son for his accomplishments and the man he had become. God's blessings continued when Gary made him a grandpa to Oliver in 2015. Oliver filled his days with great joy and he loved to brag about his little buddy.
His hobbies included basketball, camping, fishing on the Kenai River, tying flies and, most of all, spending quality time with his family. His family described him as a humble man with a big heart for God, his family and country.
He was preceded in death by his father, Edgar Curtis; mother, Martha Mae Utley; sister, Mary Lou Utley; and brother, Mack Arthur Payne, all of North Carolina.
He is survived by his wife, Cheryl Curtis; son and grandson, Gary and Oliver Curtis all of Wasilla; his sister, Denise Sidney; his brothers, Cleveland Curtis, Louis Curtis and Charles Utley, all of North Carolina; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Services will be held on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at 10 a.m., at Faith Christian Community, 4240 Wisconsin Street in Anchorage, Alaska. Pastor Joel Brown will be officiating.
Arrangements made by Cremation Society of Alaska.
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Published in Anchorage Daily News on June 27, 2017
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