SEWELL Curtis Wilson Sewell, 88, passed away on March 25, 2011. We are all saddened by his death but find peace and happiness in knowing that he is in the hands of Our Lord and Savior. Curtis was born on March 10, 1923, in Cleburne County, Alabama to Willie Richmond Sewell and Lois Camilla (Roberts) Sewell. He was the youngest of three boys. At age 17, Curtis enlisted in the Army at Fort McPherson, Georgia as a Combat Infantryman. Curtis trained at Camp Polk, LA before being assigned to Fort Benning, GA where he guarded German prisoners at Southerns Field in Americus, GA. Curtis shipped overseas and fought with the 3rd Army in France and the 7th Armored Division in Germany. Curtis was wounded in France (7 Sep 44) and again in Germany (13 Apr 45). Curtis survived his injuries but lost both legs and was discharged from Lawson General Hospital, Atlanta, GA on 17 Apr 46. Curtis was one of the first US disabled veteran to be awarded, by Henry Ford, a Specially Equipped '46 Ford equipped with special hand controls. In 1946 Curtis and his wife moved to Jacksonville. Curtis worked as a watch repairman (1947) for several years before starting to work (Jul 1952) at the Instrument Shop, O&R, N.A.S. Jacksonville Florida where he retired as an Aircraft Instrument Mechanic in 1967. In 1968 he worked for The Breeze in Orange Park; in 1970 he opened St. Vincent's Paid Parking Lot; and in 1971 he worked at the Jacksonville International Parking Lot. Curtis is preceded in death by his parents; his oldest brother Ernest Sewell; his daughter Brenda Gail Sewell; his son David Curtis Sewell. He leaves behind, his wife of 69 years, Pauline (Sally) Sewell; his son, Curtis Wilson Sewell Jr., his brother Howard Lester Sewell (age 93); his grandchildren: Erin, Ericka, Bethany, Marsha, Curtis Allan, Laura, David John-Curtis, Joseph, and nieces, nephews and cousins. Curtis was a past member of Springfield Baptist (1946), St. Johns Park Baptist (1952), Orange Park Baptist (1960), and Island View Baptist (1971). Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 26, 2011(TODAY) from 9:00 to 10:00 at Island View Baptist Church. Services will be at 10:00 AM followed by graveside service at Jacksonville Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers, Curtis has requested that donations be made to the Island View Building Fund or Lottie Moon Missions.
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