September 15, 2019
Curtis Cobb was born in East St. Louis, IL October 27th, 1931 to the union of Gertrude and Oscar Cobb. He was the third of nine children born to this union. Curtis’ early life consisted of him going to school during the week, church on Sundays and helping out on the family farm. As an adult, Curtis often shared stories about growing up on the farm and how his father earned money for his large family by selling all kinds of fruits and vegetables to local residents. This laid the foundation for Curtis’ strong work ethic. As a teenager, Curtis attended Belleville Township and Venice Lincoln High Schools where he excelled in sports. Shortly after high school, Curtis joined the Army and served in the Korean War from 1952 to 1954. After being honorably discharged from the Army, Curtis returned to East St. Louis. He often proudly recalled how when he returned home, he gave his mother money to buy some nice dresses and that he bought a television, one of the first in the area, which made the Cobb home a popular spot with the neighbors. Curtis ultimately made his way to Chicago, IL where he settled into a comfortable, happy family life. As a young man, Curtis was well-dressed, handsome and easy going. This combination quickly captured the attention of a pretty young woman named Della Rose Stone who had two children from a previous marriage. They met at a party and were inseparable from that moment on. On July 14th , 1962 they were married and a strong, loving and supportive relationship was created. Together they raised the two children (Carmel and Verdene) brought to the marriage by Della. Curtis was not only a supportive husband but a supportive stepfather as well. No grass grew under their feet as they loved to go, be it plays, movies, parties and the best of all, those Cobb family backyard barbecues where the food was the best in town and the latest music was playing until the last person went home. Curtis loved his Cobb family, and, throughout his entire life rarely missed a family event whether it was in Chicago or East St. Louis. There, he was the life of the party. To help provide for his wife and two children, at one point, Curtis held two jobs working at the University of Illinois as a custodian and for Curtiss Candy Company. He eventually earned his Commercial Driver’s License and began working in the liquor industry as a truck driver. Rarely did he miss a day on the job in all of his thirty plus years of working. His passion was music and he was able to earn extra money doing something he loved by working as a DJ. Curtis and Della remained married until her death in the summer of 2011. Curtis was notably one of the most devoted husbands most had ever seen. He took care of his wife at home when she was no longer able to care for herself. And, when he was no longer able to care for her, he visited her every single day in the nursing home until the day she passed away. Because of this, it was often said by many people, “They don’t make men like that anymore”. Curtis made a peaceful transition on September 15th, 2019. He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Della; his mother and father, Gertrude and Oscar; his sisters, Marcella and Lois Lewis; his brothers, Ronald Edward, Oscar and Alvin. In addition to his two children, Carmel and Verdene, Curtis leaves to cherish his memory, his grandson, Roderick Sims; his sister, Marie; two brothers, Floyd (Dee) and Floydell; and a host of nieces, nephews as well as grand and great grand nieces and nephews, in-laws and friends including his special friend Margaret Taylor.
Curtis Cobb was born in East St. Louis, IL October 27th, 1931 to the union of Gertrude and Oscar Cobb. He was the third of nine children born to this union. Curtis’ early life consisted of him going to school during the week, church... View Obituary & Service Information
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