Howard Cureton, Jr., 86, retired deputy fire chief for the City of Tallahassee,
died Thursday, January 8, 2009 in Tallahassee following a lengthy illness.
A graveside service will be 1:30 p.m. EST Sat., Jan. 10, at Oakland
Cemetery. Culley's MeadowWood Funeral Home, Riggins Road Chapel (850-877-8191)
is handling arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested
contributions be made to the charity of your choice.
James was born
May 17, 1922 in Tucson, Ariz. and was a lifelong resident of Tallahassee.
He graduated from Leon High School and volunteered for the Tallahassee
Fire Department before enlisting in the U.S. Army. During World War
II, James served in both the 82nd Airborne and 101st Airborne. He jumped
behind the enemy lines the day before "D" Day, received a Bronze Star
medal for service during the Invasion of Holland and was wounded in
combat during the Battle of Bastone. He retired from the military on
August 14, 1945 at the rank of Private First Class.
James married the
love of his life, the former Marguerite Strauss, on Valentine's Day,
1947 and started his career with the Tallahassee Fire Department. He
retired at the rank of Deputy Chief in 1977. Among other accomplishments,
James was founder and head of the Fire Prevention Bureau, which was
responsible for education and enforcement. During his retirement, James
enjoyed spending time at the coast of Alligator Point, working on carpentry
projects and visiting with his children.
In addition to his wife, James
is survived by five children, Paul Cureton (Betty), Judy Brown (Berry),
Alex Cureton (Vicki), Christine Fair (Billy) and Kenneth Cureton; 7
grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. James was preceded in death
by his mother, Jessie Marie Cureton; a brother, Douglas Dixon Cureton;
his sisters, Francis Milford and Louise Brand; and his beloved grandson,
[Published in Tallahassee Democrat on January 9, 2009.]