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Gilmer “Allen” Curlee, 76, of Rockwell, left this earth for his heavenly home on Thursday, December 1st, 2022 at his home. Allen was also known by his family and friends as Bubbie and Cigar.
Allen lived a good life with so many treasured memories. He grew up in the Spencer/Trading Ford and East Spencer area, the eldest son of Gilmer Bruce and Dorothy “Dot” Misenheimer Curlee, his brothers; Tony Curlee, Mickey (Jane) Curlee all of Salisbury; sisters, Brenda Gobble of Rockwell, Libby (George) Sipes of Cleveland.
Occasionally Allen and his wife Crystal would go riding in the old neighborhoods and he would recall the places they lived. The times spent with aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends was cherished together.
Allen married Crystal Allman in 1968, making their home in East Spencer before moving to Rockwell for the past 40 years. There lives were blessed with five children and four grandchildren; Tonya (David) Smith of Woodleaf; Yolanda Curlee of Spencer; James (Melissa) Curlee of Cramerton; Ethan (Michaila) Curlee of Rockwell; Jeff (Danielle) Curlee of Lenior. Grandchildren; Zachary Smith of Woodleaf, Caleb (Carol) Smith of Woodleaf; Harper Curlee of Rockwell. Harper has been a part of Allen everyday life, she has been a delight and joy for Paw, the youngest, Samuel of Lenior, he is so much fun to watch. He would often call Paw on the phone and Paw loved talking with him, he is an amazing and full of energy child.
Allen was a member of the Rockwell Civitan Club, a club that members meet once a month to discuss and plan projects to benefit the community through members volunteering. Allen fulfilled the dream of many children to be a fireman or a policeman. Allen was a member of the East Spencer Fire Department and the Police Office, also serving as a fireman in Rockwell.
Allen recalled many memories of his teenage days with his friends and cousins, he could recall many of his school classmates, early running around days. His earlier were jobs at a chicken house and plywood factory in Salisbury. In the 60s Allen worked at N.C. Finishing Company and in 1969 he started at Taylor Manufacturing (Litton) Spec-Con as a welder. Allen took pride in everything he did. A jack of all trades, Master of MANY, electrician, mechanic, brick laborer, carpenter, welder. God gave him many talents, and he tried to do his best at everything. He would often recall the names of people that gave him advice and helped him accomplish his goals. Allen’s in life was to follow God’s will for his life and to be the man God wanted him to be.
He was a member of First Baptist Church of Rockwell, where he was a member of the Glory Bell’s Choir, Sunday School Teacher, Senior Citizens group, AWANA and other children programs. Allen had served on the Deacon Board, also at FBC, where he was ordained, he loved serving the Lord and the church. Allen will be remembered as a friendly, outgoing person, he loved going fishing and going to the beach fishing with his family and friends.
Thanks to each one of the many church families and friends, neighbors, family members that have been sending cards, and praying. Allen would say, thanks for the prayers, and its all in the Lords hands. He had so much comfort and pleasure sitting in the swing in the front yard where neighbors and family could visit or he’d wave to all who passed by. We have had to isolate some, he had COVID twice and with his recent diagnosis of Leukemia.
Services for Allen will be announced at a later time, where friends and families can share memories.
The family would like to thank Novant Hospice for their kindess, information and help to get us through these final days, closing this part of his life and preparing for his New Life in Heaven, trusting God always. To each employee at the Novant Cancer Institute, I want you to know that the time Allen was there he felt blessed.
He appreciated each one of you. Y’all made the unbearable, bearable. With you attention and kindness, I pray God will bless y’all, as y’all have blessed us. We give thanks to God for Allen as he was a wonderful husband, father, friend, we have all been blessed. and he will be missed.
Carolina Cremation of Salisbury is honored to serve the Curlee family. Online condolences will be made at www.carolinacremation.com
Benny & Brenda Vickrey says
Crystal and all the family, We are keeping you all in our prayers during this time. Allen was a great example of what a Christian man is suppose to be and was a great deacon. I feel sure the Lord said “Welcome home good and faithful servant, well done ” He touched many lives and will be remembered as a man who Loved the Lord. Heaven will now seem more like home with him there to greet you when God calls you Home…
Cynthia Miller says
Crystal, Yolanda, and Tonia and all other dear family members, I would like to extend my sincere condolences and I am lifting prayers for sweet peace and comfort.. Allen was a really hardworking, kindhearted, Christian man that greeted with a sincere smile. He is rejoicing in Heaven with our Lord Jesus. and so many loved ones. You will see Allen again some sweet day.
Jamie yates says
My uncle Allen aka bubbie was blessing in my life .I loved him good time we had .will never be forgotten
Sharon Cox says
Allen was such a joy to know, always ready to lend a helping hand, volunteering to drive the van for the Glry Bells and showing up early to see what he could do to help with the Sr Saints. He was a hardworking deliberate Christian glorifying Jesus in word and deed. His legacy will live on. It was a pleasure to have known this kind man.
Stephanie Tolbert says
Allen was our next door neighbor from the time I was 11 until I was in my late 20s. He was a great person and great neighbor. He was a Godly man and would give the shirt off his back (Or car in his driveway) to someone that needed it. Crystal, James, Jeff, and Ethan, My family and I are so sorry for your loss and We will be praying and thinking about you!
Cliff Miller says
Crystal and family. My sincere condolences to you all and our prayers are with you.
Allen will be missed by many here in Rockwell.
I know that he will go rest high on the mountain.
Dr. Dale Robertson, North Main Baptist, Salisbury says
I will surely miss brother Allen whenever I visit at First Baptist Church in Rockwell. He was a super friendly man with a great positive attitude. I loved to be around him. He was also a dedicated servant of Christ. I am sure he is in the presence of the Lord rejoicing in the great rewards of his faithful service. May God bless his memory, his good wife Crystal and his entire family!
Brad and Audra Bradway says
Prayers for your family! I know Allen is at peace with the Lord! Allen was such a blessing to our family during our time FBC. He was a great example of faithful servant. Our memories will us until we see him again . Much love !