The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX


November 16, 2012

Curtis Davidson

Curtis Davidson, 93, passed away Nov. 3, 2012, in Phoenix, Ariz.

Curtis and the rest of the Davidson family came to Texas from Louisiana, Claiborne’s Parish, in 1921.

 The Davidson family consisted of Boast Davidson and Octavia Davidson Pitts. The  offsprings were Elbert Davidson, Zelma Davidson, Curtis, Clell, Thelma, Lula Fae, Ozelus, Ostra Lee and Billy. One child died at birth.

Curtis graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in 1940, after which he attended Texas College in Tyler until he was drafted by the Army. He served in the European Theatre. While in the Army he rose to the rank of first sergeant. On duty he was in Port of South Hampton, England. After leaving the Army he chose the field of education. He became a graduate of Wilberforce University of Ohio.

He taught school at Royse City and Garland, also in California. In 1947 he met a school recruiter in California, after which he was hired and served as a teacher and coach at Los Angeles High School until he retired.

Curtis was honored by the people of Garland by naming a street after him. He was a coach and teacher in Garland at the time.

Curtis married his high school sweetheart, O’Thelma Elkins Davidson, from which two daughters were born  Lawanda Davidson Din of Tucson, Ariz., and Rochelle Sellers of Inglewood, Calif.

Before World War II and after the war he was employed at Majors Field in Greenville.

While in the service he served in a medical unit.

He loved his fellow man and showed it by being a free-hearted person. This was one of his better characteristics.

He was bookkeeper for the L.A. Sports Gym and was supervisor for eight years. He taught at the private city school Citizens Learning Academy for five years. He retired from the high school after 37 years.

There will be two graveside memorials at a later date, one in Arizona and one in California.


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