John Boatner “Bodie” Curtis went to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on November 13, 2020 at the age of 93. He was born January 17, 1927 in Dallas, Texas to William C. Curtis and Susie B. (McDaniel) Curtis. He grew up in Marlow, OK with his 8 siblings. Bodie met the love of his life Joy Pauline Clark and the two wed on December, 2 1944 and the two established their family in Oklahoma City.
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Bodie was a lover of many different pastimes. He loved playing fast pitch softball, and was an All-Star catcher. For many years, he raised race horses and even raced them. He was no stranger to hard work. He picked cotton, was a butcher at Safeway and Schwabs, and later began a career with Goodrich Chemical Co. Finally Bodie had found his niche. He and four other entrepreneurs began Five Star Chemical Corp., a career that enabled him to provide for his family, which was something he greatly enjoyed.
He attended Shartel Church of God, and was an active member for many years where he was a youth leader in the church. Bodie loved spreading the Word of God, and instilled good Christian values throughout his family. A loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and great-great grandfather, he will be forever in our hearts.
Bodie was preceded in death by his:
Parents, William and Susie Curtis
Wife, Joy Pauline Curtis
Two sons, Ricky & Richard Curtis
Six brothers: Roy, Earnest, Arden, Lester, William “Bill”, & James.
One sister, Ruby Owens
He is survived by his:
Daughter, LaDonna VanHoozer
Sister, Cleta Phillips
Four Grandchildren: Teri Downing and husband Brian; Brent Cockrell & wife Becky; Dana Gore & husband Dan; & Dyan Merrill & husband Damian
Six great grandchildren: Brad, Ryan, Alyssa, Trey, Maddie & Aubrey
One great-great granddaughter, Eloise.