Curtis Lennard Morrow was born on September 18, 1954, in Alamance County. He was the first born of mother Annie Ruth Trollinger Morrow and father Curtis Franklin Morrow. He was raised in a church going family and with other family members close by that were also church going. He attended and was a part of the Bellevue Baptist Church throughout his childhood and into adulthood.
He attended schools in Alamance County and graduated from Southern Alamance High School. He was very active in sports, which included baseball, and basketball. He was also an outstanding student. He later went to Pembroke State University to play baseball and basketball; while majoring in history.
He met and married his wife Gloria Edens Morrow in 1975. They both worked together for a Children’s Treatment Facility and later moved to Charlotte, NC. As they both advanced in their careers, Curtis worked for the Iredell County Department of Social Services. After the birth of their eldest son they moved back to a more familiar area and Curtis began his long and prosperous career beginning at the Scotland County Employment Security Commission in 1980. He advanced to Raleigh, North Carolina and continued his career by working for the office of the State of North Carolina’s Employment Security Commission in1983.
Curtis Morrow was The Workforce Development Supervisor for the Employment Security Commission. He was responsible for the technical oversight of the Agency’s Workforce Investment Act (WIA) programs as well as the State of North Carolina Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and NAFTA programs.
One of the highlights of his career amongst many was his selection to present and help legislation that gave extended unemployment benefits and ensured that these benefits were available to our Veterans as well. He presented this in the U.S. Congress in Washington, D.C. with U.S. Representative John Lewis standing with him.
If you knew Curtis, he had remarkable wit and a great sense of humor. He always said, “I may not always be right, but I am never wrong”. A quote attributed to Winston Churchill, but quite befitting of Curtis because he had an amazing memory about almost anything. Another of his sayings was: “Don’t underestimate me, I know more than I say, think more than I speak & notice more than you realize.”
Curtis, a complex individual was very sensitive and had a sense of compassion that many did not often see. He was a good father, and a good husband. He loved traveling, he loved everything his sons participated in, especially soccer.
He enjoyed the beach and vacations.
Curtis, after a horrific car accident left him as a quadriplegic and many ensuing medical problems fought for his life, his health and family every day for over 2 years. He, if you knew him would know he would not quit unless God called for him. He had defied all odds daily with any day that could have been his last. The doctors were at a loss as to how he was healing and surviving. Curtis and his family knew who the Master Healer was as well as all who were continuously lifting him up in prayer.
Curtis was preceded in death by his mother Annie Ruth Trollinger Morrow and father Curtis Franklin Morrow.
Left to grieve and miss his humor, his brilliance and his attitude at times is his wife of 43 years, Gloria E. Morrow in Fayetteville, N.C. His two sons he loved dearly; his eldest son, Curtis Christopher Morrow, United States Army Retired, his wife Lynell Morrow and granddaughter Christina Lynette Morrow of Fayetteville, N.C. The youngest son Thomas Ian Morrow and significant-other Megan Albaugh of Cary, NC. Curtis was the eldest of 6 children. Left to grieve is Joanne M. Morrow of, Riverview, Florida, Debra K Watson, husband Darnell Watson of Crestview, Florida, Phyllis A. Ashley, of California, Sharon L. Williams, husband Tommy Williams, of Dearborn, Michigan, Ervin Christopher Morrow of Crestview, Florida. One brother-in law Edwin Edens, and his wife of Rockingham, NC; Aunts, Mrs. Louise Gaines, Mrs. Katie Ellen Jeffries, husband James Jeffries, uncles- Mr. Leon Morrow and wife Margie Morrow, Mr. Milton Morrow, Chaplain Colonel David Morrow, USAF(Ret.) wife, Mrs. Vickie Morrow and host of nieces, nephews, cousins, goddaughters, godsons, friends, colleagues and very special staff of the Carolina Rehabilitation Center of Fayetteville, NC.