Billy

March 14, 1937 ~ August 31, 2020

Born in: Natchez, Mississippi
Resided in: Inglewood, California

Billy Joe Curtis was born on March 14, 1937 at his home in Natchez, Mississippi to Annie Ruth and Clarence Marshall Sr. He was the third of four children and was affectionately known as Buddy to family and BJ to friends and colleagues.

BJ’s friends would say he was known for being the life of the party. His playful personality and infectious laugh could light up any room. As a family man, he was known for being a provider who was there whenever you called. He was a fun loving, charismatic and out-going man who was cherished for his unwavering loyalty and support. Buddy enjoyed collecting and caring for his cars, cooking (especially turkey), listening and dancing to the blues, watching baseball and westerns, having a drink of cognac with his chewing tobacco or a cigar, playing softball for his company team, telling jokes and being a great storyteller.

After unapologetically living a full life, Billy peacefully transitioned in the early morning of Monday, August 31, 2020 at his home in Inglewood surrounded by his family. He is preceded in death by his parents Annie Ruth and Clarence Marshall Sr.; sister, Edna “Sis” Marshall; brother, Robert “Moody” Marshall; and son Melvin Marshall. He now leaves to cherish his memory his wife Ruby Curtis of 48 years; children: Marvin Marshall Sr., Greg Marshall Sr., Jerome Marshall, Pamela Curtis, Vickie Curtis; grandchildren: Shamara Marshall, Marvin Marshall Jr., Greg Marshall Jr., Brittany Usher, Xavier Antoine, Kendall Antoine; grand dog, Shadow; brother, Walter Marshall and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and close friends.

This unforgettable man has left a legacy filled with rich Curtis history and love that his family and friends will cherish forever.

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  1. candle 7This is not goodbye. This is Thank you for the time we spent, the conversations we had, the laughs we shared and the lessons I learned from you. Thank you for being my Papa and for loving me unapologetically and unconditionally. Until next time <3.

  2. To my Favorite Uncle, you always made me laugh and I am happy your light touch my life while you were here. I will always love you. I loved when you called me your Favorite Niece. Sleep your eternal sleep knowing how much we loved you. Missing you until I see you again 💔 😢 😞

  3. We love and miss you Mr Curtis.
    You were a wonderful neighbor and we will miss your laughter and caring conversations.
    God bless you always🙏🏼

    From Dee, Stuart, Chris and family

  4. candle 7I’ll always miss Mr.Curtis saying “Heyyy how you doin?” when I came home. Carlton Drive will not be the same without him. Very grateful to have had his energy and light in my life.

  5. candle 1Daddy…I will miss seeing you sitting in the garage chillin, when I ask what are you doing, you would say “nothing, just sitting here”. Enjoy the peacefulness.

    Always & forever your daughter

  6. candle 4BJ you were more than just a friend you were the best friend to our dad and a uncle to all of us. The photo shows all the boys you watched, turns to men. At five you and my dad thought How to shoot pool and at 16 you both helped me repair my car, to make it back to college. You watched all of us grow up to be adults and you continued to be there for us all! We will miss you and one day, I will see you again.
    Love you forever; Parrish

  7. candle 1Dear Daddy,
    I miss you so much. Your smile, your voice, your laughter, your jokes. I miss your presence, I miss your touch. You will forever live on in my heart.
    Until we meet again, rest in Power.
    Love you daddy,
    Boojack

  8. candle 1Ruby,
    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May the Lord and His Angels continue to hold you in their arms.

  9. candle 7May God give you the comfort and peace that you seek and may the soul of your loved one rest in peacefully. My condolences

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