Maxine Smith Curtis of Roanoke, Va. and previously from Starkville passed away on February 27. Maxine is preceded in death by her parents, Jessie and Ethel Smith, sisters, Christine Powell and Pearline Barfoot, brother Paul Smith, her husband of 27 years, Albert M. Curtis, Jr., her son, Ronnie Lynn Curtis (all Mississippians) and her son-in-law, Stephen L. Powell of Hardy, Virginia.
She is survived by her daughter, Deborah C. Powell of Roanoke, Va., and by her two grandsons, Blake L. Powell of Roanoke and Frank Howell, Jr. of Memphis, Tenn., her sister, Juanita Cotton (and James) of Natchez, and her brother, Gerald Smith (and Janet) of Florence. Maxine also leaves many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins as well as her closest friends, Gene and Betty Cardwell of Martinsville, Va., Deborah and Sonny Baar of Smith Mountain Lake, Va. and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Howell, Sr. and Kelli of Germantown, Tenn. and Barry Mills of Roanoke, Va. Her beloved Siberian husky Dakota, who has been at her side through her long illness, will miss her greatly.
Maxine’s greatest joy was her family, especially her two grandsons. She spent most of her life dedicated to her husband while he served in the Marine Corps for 25 years, living in Hawaii, the Philippines, California and many other military bases. Her occupations included receptionist for Gulf States and Arnold Industries in Starkville, and also as candle maker for Aspen Bay Candles in Starkville before retiring in Virginia in 2000. Maxine’s favorite place of worship was Meadowview Baptist Church in Starkville. She was also an avid college football fan and loved the Mississippi State Bulldogs and the Tennessee Volunteers.
Visitation is scheduled for Thursday, March 3 from 1-3 p.m. at Welch Funeral Home in Starkville with the funeral service immediately following in the funeral home chapel. Melvin Mordecai will conduct the service. Burial will be in Oddfellows Cemetery in Starkville.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation be made to Good Samaritan Hospice on Electric Road in Roanoke, Va.