Willie Oneal Curtis
Willie Oneal Curtis
June 2, 1926 - March 5, 2018
Heaven welcomed Willie Oneal Curtis on March 5, 2018, leaving behind a legacy of his character, kindness and abundant love. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM, Thursday, March 8, 2018 in Lunn’s Colonial Chapel with Rev. Harvey McMurry officiating. Burial with Military Honors will follow in Crestview Cemetery under the direction of Lunn’s Colonial Funeral Home. The family will be at the funeral home Wednesday evening from 6-7 PM, for visitation.
Willie was born June 2, 1926 to John William and Lavinna (McDonald) Curtis in Chickalah, Arkansas. He proudly served his country in the Army Air Corps in Germany during World War II. Willie was a member of the Elks Lodge, the V.F.W. and the American Legion.
Willie began working as a barber after his stepfather, who was also a barber, suggested he do it using the G.I. Bill to pay for his schooling. And that is exactly what he did. Since 1948, Willie has been cutting hair in various Barber Shops in Wichita Falls for over 61 years. Up until recently, he was still cutting hair at Kuts and Klips on Fairway, at the age of 91. He was the oldest licensed practicing barber in the State of Texas. He used to comment that, “a lot of my customers are old customers,” some going back to the ‘50’s. He also used to say, “This is the one place where friends come and visit you – and they pay for the visit.”
Willie was a loving husband to his wife Bobbie and devoted his life to her, sharing 65 years of being known as a pair – always enjoying time together, including a love of watching sports together. He loved playing music and especially “anything country.”
Willie was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Bobbie Ring. He is survived by his wife Bobbie Curtis of Wichita Falls; a daughter, Brenda Szymanski and husband Joe of Argyle, Texas; a son James Curtis and wife Elaine of Sweetwater, Texas; grandsons, David Curtis, Justin Hunter and Landon King and wife Stacey; granddaughters, Melanie Self and Jennifer Hamilton and husband Chad; great grandsons Skyler Curtis, Caleb Fuller, Zachary Hamilton and Ryder Curtis; great-granddaughters Natalie Curtis and Madison Self. Willie is also survived by numerous nephews, nieces, friends and longtime clients and associates in the hairstyling industry.
Willie loved spending time with family. He will be remembered as a friend to all who knew him and was the “Rock” of the family.
Memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project.