Israel "Bo" Curtis
Services for Retired Legislator, Israel "Bo" Curtis will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, February 25, 2012 at Zion Hill Family Church, 312 Hunter St., Pineville, La. with Rev. Herbert Baptiste of Nazarene Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in Alexandria Memorial Gardens under the direction of Gonzaque-Williams Mortuary.
Visitation will be Saturday, from 8 am until time of service at the Church.
Curtis entered eternal rest on February 16, 2012.
He was a graduate of Peabody High School. After high school he attended Grambling State University where he earned a B.S. Degree. His education was enhanced by earning a Masters Degree from Northwestern State University. Further study was done at Texas Christian University, Texas Southern University and Michigan State University.
Representative Curtis served his country as a member of the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. In addition, he was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, and a life member of Grambling University Association. He was also a lifetime member of Nazarene Missionary Baptist Church where he was an active member of the Brotherhood Choir and also the Deacon Board.
Curtis made a great impact on Central La., as well as other parts of the state by responding to the numerous needs of the community. His efforts of unfailing loyalty and countless contributions have left a legacy, especially with the construction of the Rapides Primary Health Care Center. His assistance to his constituents and others are too numerous to list.
He served on the Rapides Parish School Board for 16 years and State Legislature for 16 years, an educator and coach for over 20 years. In addition, he was Manager and Funeral Director for Winnfield Life Insurance. He was also the personal body guard for Dr. Martin L. King when he visited Alexandria, La. He was also, a 33rd degree Mason.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Israel "Chief" and Maria Curtis and one brother Duel H. Curtis.
Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 56 years, Barbara; two children, Andrea (Alan) Richardson; one son Benjamin; two grandchildren, Aleisha and Jordan Richardson; one sister, Mamie L. Smith (Clyde); goddaughters, Sequoia, Natalie, and Deborah, numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and friends.
Visitation and V.F.W. and Masonic Cermonies will be held on Friday the 24th of February, 2012 from 6 pm to 9 p.m. at the Nazarene Baptist Church, 2011 Overton St., Alexandria, La.
Published in The Town Talk on Feb. 24, 2012.