Curtiss Lynn Chatham
Curtiss Lynn Chatham passed away Friday, May 7 at his home in Keller. He was born May 19, 1934 in Baird, Texas to parents Marcellus D. (Pete) and Millie Chatham. He was an outstanding athlete at Baird High School and, after graduation from Hardin-Simmons University in 1952, joined the U.S. Army and quarterbacked his unit's team while stationed in Germany. Upon completion of his army stint, he came home to Texas to further his education at Texas Tech, then at West Texas State University, where he received a master's degree, leading him to a lifetime of mentoring young people.
Through mutual college friends, he met his future wife, Marilyn Cupp, and together they embarked on a life of service to youth through teaching, coaching, and working with church youth groups. Many of the youth whom he mentored stayed in touch with "Coach Chatham" and became longtime friends. He taught and coached in Pep, Cotton Center, Floydada, and Odessa before his retirement and subsequent move to Keller to be near children and grandchildren. He was a member of First Baptist of Keller and Texas Retired Teachers Association.
Curtiss was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Leslie Anne Chatham; his parents, Pete and Millie Chatham; his brother, Russell Chatham; and his sisters: Alene Hodson, Jimmie Bailey Burnett, and Mamie Lavern Austin. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Chatham; daughter, Christy Taylor (Jon); son, Greg Chatham; grandsons Trevor Taylor (Maggie Jo) and Travis Taylor; great-granddaughter (Marianne Taylor); as well as a nephew, Jim Francisco; and nieces, Mary Lynn Patterson and Dixie Scott and their extended families.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday. May 15th at First Baptist Church Keller, with visitation following the service. Curt requested that his body be donated to UT Southwestern Medical Center for medical research. A marker recognizing his life and death will be placed in the Chatham family plot in the Baird Cemetary.
In lieu of flowers, it is suggested that memorials be given to The Leukemia And Lymphoma Society