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Lewis Earl Curlee, 71

Lewis Earl Curlee, 71

Lewis Earl Curlee, 71, of Etowah died unexpectedly Monday, March 25, 2013, at Mission Hospital.

He was a native of Transylvania County, the son of the late Clarence and Hilda Curlee. He had lived in Henderson County for the past 35 years. He was also preceded in death by his son, Troy Drye, Jr.

He was employed by Ecusta for 42 years, and also a former volunteer at Brevard Volunteer Fire Department. Currently, he was a member of the Nazarene Worship Band and an amateur radio enthusiast. He was loved by his family and many friends. He will be dearly missed, and they take comfort in knowing he is in Heaven.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Kathleen Templeton Curlee; a daughter, Cindy Curlee Hand and her husband Jurell, of Hendersonville; two grandchildren, D'Andre Hand and Shayla Hand; two sisters, Brenda Holden and her husband Richard, of Brevard, Doris Selvage and her husband Rayburn, of Gallatin, Tenn.; two brothers, Edward Curlee of Gallatin, Tenn., Barry Curlee and his wife Carol, of Brevard; and numerous extended family.

A service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 28, 2013, at Hendersonville First Church of the Nazarene with Revs. Sherman Waters and Matthew Templeton officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the church. A guest book or sympathy cards are available at

Forest Lawn Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.