Curtis Jerome Rowe

March 3, 1948 ~ December 29, 2019 (age 71)


Curtis Jerome Rowe was born March 3, 1948 at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana.  He was the second of two children born to Maggie and Edward Rowe, Sr.

Curtis accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at the Little Zion Baptist Church in Maringouin, Louisiana.

Curtis spent his formative years in Maringouin and attended Upper Maringouin Elementary School, progressing on to Thomas A Levy Middle and High School.  Upon graduating from high school, Curtis enrolled at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Curtis was an avid sports fan.  His favorite teams were the San Francisco Forty-niners football team and the Boston Celtics basketball team.

When Curtis wasn’t watching sports, he enjoyed loading up the car and taking spur of the moment road trips.

In 1968 Curtis enlisted in the U.S. Army and did one tour of duty in Vietnam.  After receiving his honorable discharge in 1970, Curtis returned to his family in Louisiana for a brief period before relocating to San Diego, California.

Upon his arrival to San Diego, Curtis was employed by Rohr Aircraft, where he worked for over thirty-five years before retiring.  Throughout his career at Rohr, Curtis held various positions of leadership, ranging from lead person to supervisor.

In 1998 Curtis married the love of his life, Barbara and became a loving father to her daughter Cheryl and grandfather to Cheryl’s

daughters, Shayla, Sherrille and Sierra.  He supported all activities the girls were involved in (which sometimes included buying all the candy or tickets they had to sell!).

In 2016 Curtis became the doting great-grandfather to Skylar.  Curtis and Skylar had a special bond.  To her he was simply her Pa-Pa.  He recently bought her first swing set and made daily runs to McDonalds at her request.  He often bragged about being the sole male in a household full of women that loved and cherished him.

Curtis was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Edward Jr. and his sister Joyce.

On Sunday afternoon December 29, 2019 with his loving wife Barbara by his side, Curtis was called from labor to eternal rest.

Left to think of him often and remember him ALWAYS are:  His soulmate of over twenty years Barbara, daughter; Cheryl, granddaughters; Shayla, Sherrille and Sierra, great-granddaughter; Skylar, brother; Larry Rowe (Sandra), sister-in-law; Marie Hornsby (Jimmy), Norma (Tarsha), Deborah and Rose, cousin; Blaine Monroe (Natalie) long time friend Robert Watkins (Mattie), godchildren; Lauren and RJ and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends

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January 9, 2020

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
California Cremation & Burial
California Cremation & Burial (FD Lic # 1689) 2200 Highland Avenue
National City, CA 91950

Funeral Service
January 10, 2020

11:00 AM
Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church
3045 Greely Ave.
San Diego, CA 92113

January 11, 2020

12:00 PM
Mt. Hope Cemetery
3751 Market Street
San Diego, CA 92102

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