John Wilson Curlis, 69

Published 2:14 pm Thursday, May 9, 2019

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John Wilson Curlis, 69, of Stanford, passed away Saturday, May 4, 2019.

Born on October 7, 1949, in Stanford, John was the son of the late Thelma Wilson Curlis and Benjamin Curlis, Jr. He previously owned and operated Gilliland Flower Shop in Stanford, was the past chairman of the Stanford Housing Authority Board of Directors, worked at the Lincoln County PVA and was a retired administrative assistant with the Lincoln County Regional Jail. John was very active in the community, serving on the Lincoln County Fair Board for over 40 years, as president of the Lincoln County Historical Society, of the Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce and the Lincoln County 4-H Council. He was a member of Stanford Baptist Church and served as a deacon.

John was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Goggin Curlis.

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He is survived by two daughters, Dana (Cebern) Moore and Caty Curlis; and a son, Brett (Lisa) Curlis.

Funeral services were Wednesday, May 8 at Stanford Baptist Church with Dr. Gregory Hancock and Bro. Justin Carter officiating. Burial followed at Buffalo Springs Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Farris Marcum, Chase Marcum, Jeremy Goggin, Charles Newton, Greg Padgett, Gene Ashley and Tommy Kirkpatrick. Honorary pallbearers were Gary Brummett, Gracie Gilbert, Linda Gooch, Eddie Carter, Jerry Wilkinson, Barbara Isham, and Johnny Alcorn.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Hindman Settlement School and Heritage Hospice.

Arrangements by W.L. Pruitt Funeral Home in Moreland. A guestbook is available at