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ASHEVILLE - Curtis Seabrook, Jr. of 90 Jeffress Ave., died Monday, March 11, 2013. Born July 13, 1930 he was the youngest child born to the late Curtis and Lelia Johnson Seabrook. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Pauline Lewis Seabrook; four siblings, Annie Laurie Wilson. Rev. Dennis L. Seabrook, Stephen Seabrook and Dora Lee White.
A life long resident of Asheville he attended the famous Stephens-Lee High School, graduating in 1951. After graduation he joined the US Air Force, stationed at Kirkland Air Force Base in New Mexico, and married Pauline Lewis in 1953. He served in the Air Force for four years and returned to Asheville where he was employed with Southern Railway as a Pullman Porter. Through faith, hard work and determination, he was promoted to brakeman. Years later on Dec. 6, 1966 Curtis became the first African-American Conductor employed by Southern Railway.
Mr. Seabrook joined Shiloh AME Zion Church as a young man and remained a faithful member until his brief illness. He served as a Deacon, Class Leader, Trustee, Pastor's Steward, on the Steward Board, Usher Board, sang with the Gospel and Senior Choirs, and also served on the Men's Booster Club. He was an active member of the District 9 Senior Citizen's Association, Shiloh Community Center and the Gideon's International, distributing testaments and God's Holy Word. In 1990 Curtis retired from Southern Railway after 48 years of service.
Surviving are four children, sons, Curtis Seabrook, III (Lisa) of Anderson, SC, Marvin Lowell Seabrook (Marie) of Asheville, Frederick Lydell Seabrook (Brenda) of Durham; a daughter, Pamela Seabrook Gage (Norman) of Apex; five grandchildren, John Wilson Lucas, Curtis LaMonz, Cashandra Lacreisha, Mescha Lydell Seabrook and Jonathan Alexander Gage; special sister-in-law, Rosa Seabrook; special sister cousins, Effie Williams and Mildred Washington; special nieces, Vanessa White, Gay Streeter and Carita White; a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins and lifelong friends.
Services will be held Saturday, 2 p.m. at Hopkins Chapel AME Zion Church. Rev. Walter Bryson will officiate, burial will be in Shiloh AME Zion Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the residence. Arrangements are under the direction of Hart Funeral Service. An online memorial register is available at www.hartfuneralservice.com
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Mar. 15, 2013