tribune staff writer
Essie Curtis, a former committeewoman, died on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. She was 78.
She was born on Feb. 7, 1941, in Philadelphia to the late Rev. Redfrick Quarterman Sr. and Fannie Minniefield Quarterman.
She graduated from Simon Gratz High School in Philadelphia. While living in Allentown, she met and married William S. Curtis and one son was born to their union.
Curtis’ strong commitment in her community drove her to take a leadership role in politics by becoming a committeewoman for the 59th Ward 24th District. She helped lead voter registration drives, poll watching and numerous other activities.
Curtis’ love of traveling allowed her to journey to London, France, Amsterdam, Canada, the Caribbean and other locations. She visited Europe while her son was serving in the U.S. Army stationed in Weisbaden, Germany. During the visit, she also witnessed her grandson’s birth.
Bowling was one of Curtis’ favorite pastimes. She joined numerous leagues and was proud of the many trophies she won.
Her family said she was known for her caring, giving and nurturing spirit. She loved and cared for her parents greatly. In their later years, she became their caretaker.
As a pastor’s daughter, Curtis naturally accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. Becoming a member of Mount Tabor Baptist Church, she was a deaconess and held numerous positions within the church. She visited many churches throughout the tri-state area. She later became a member of Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Redfrick Quarterman.
In addition to her ex-husband, she is survived by: her son, William S. Curtis II; grandchildren, LaToya T. Curtis, William S. Curtis III and Denashia M. Seabrook; great-grandchildren, Olivia M. Curtis, Angela M. Curtis and Eden M. Joseph; sister, Deloris Quarterman Marshall; and other relatives and friends.
Services were held Aug. 10 at Second Baptist Church of Germantown, 6459 Germantown Ave.
Viewing was at 8 a.m. Services followed at 10 a.m. Burial was in Chelten Hills Cemetery.