RALEIGH Curtis Freeze was born June 4, 1931, in Iredell County, and died Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, in Raleigh after several years of declining health. Curtis was predeceased by his parents, John Wilson Freeze and Augusta Lee Sherrill Freeze; and nine older siblings. He is survived by his devoted wife of 61 years, Barbara Ann Stutts Freeze; son, John "Johnny" Curtis; daughter and son-in-law, Lori and Mike Constantino; many nieces and nephews; and special friend, Jessica Gann Smith. Curtis grew up on his family's small farm in Troutman, and graduated from Troutman High School in 1949. He was the only child in his family to graduate from college, earning his B.S. degree in Textiles from North Carolina State College (NCSU) in 1953. He started his career with Cannon Mills/Fieldcrest Cannon in Kannapolis in 1953; his career was put on hold as he served in the U.S. Army for two years. Curtis returned to Cannon Mills in 1955 and held various positions in management during his 30-year career. He and Barbara lived in Kannapolis from 1960 to 2014, when they relocated to Springmoor in Raleigh. Curtis was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church Kannapolis, where he taught Sunday School, sang in the choir, was a Board of Trustees member and a conference delegate. He and Barbara were active at the Kannapolis YMCA and with the Crop Walk. Curtis loved to garden (flowers and vegetables) and enjoyed bird watching in his back yard. When his children were young, he enjoyed family vacations at the South Carolina coast and the North Carolina mountains, band trips and high school football games and weekly visits to his parents and his in-laws. He enjoyed participating in Boy Scouts with Johnny and was chairman of the Kannapolis Boy Scout District. Curtis received the Silver Beaver Award in 1977, the highest honor a Boy Scout council can bestow on a layman. He was a lifelong member of the Wolfpack Club and the NC State Alumni Association and a diehard Wolfpack fan, attending many football and basketball games over the years, including the first game in Reynolds Coliseum when he was in college. Curtis was also involved with Friends of the Library and loved to read and work crossword puzzles. After retirement, he and Barbara were fortunate to take seven trips to Europe with Kannapolis friends! Curtis cherished time with his family and always encouraged his children. He was a man of deep faith, honesty and integrity. He will be greatly missed by his family. The family would like to thank Dr. Wells Edmundson and the nurses and staff of Stewart Health Center for their loving, compassionate care of Curtis, especially over the last six months of his life. A reception to greet the family was held Sunday, Sept. 23 from 2 to 4 p.m., in the Terrace Room, South Village, Springmoor Life Care Retirement Community. A celebration of Curtis's life was held Monday, Sept. 24, at 1 p.m., at Trinity United Methodist Church in Kannapolis, with visitation following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 416 E. 1st St., Kannapolis, NC 28083; Hayes Barton United Methodist Church, 2209 Fairview Rd., Raleigh, NC 27608; or Springmoor Endowment Fund, 1500 Sawmill Road, Raleigh, NC 27615. Online condolences may be sent to the family at cremationsocietync.com.
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