Curtis C. Degrate, Sr.

Curtis C. Degrate, Sr., 68, passed away Sunday March 3, 2019.

Service Information: Funeral service will be held at 1:30PM, Saturday, March 9, at Lake Shore Funeral Home, 5201 Steinbeck Bend in Waco. Visitation will be from 5 to 7PM, with a Wake at 6PM, Friday, March 8, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mount Olive Cemetery.

Born July 9, 1950, the seventh child of the late Murphy and Georgia Mae Mack Degrate in Asa, Texas. Curtis accepted Christ at an early age and united with Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church, Downsville, TX. Curtis was not one to frequent the church house, but his love for Christ was exemplified throughout his faith journey, as was his love and compassion for others. He was educated at Downsville and Carver High Schools. Curtis was employed at LL Sam’s, Harris Tire Service, Tyson Foods, Johnny’s Tire Service, Agricultural and Home Health.

Curtis enjoyed a variety of music.  His favorite songs were “Cooling Water” and “I’m Still Here.”  He will be remembered for his faith journey in the Lord. He fought a good fight; he kept the faith to the end. Curtis never complained, which helped his family during the journey. He had a great sense of humor and never met anyone who remained a stranger after their encounter. Curtis loved the Lord, which was evident when he learned of his illness. All he said was “Fix It.” He loved family gatherings, none more than the Degrate Family Reunions. Of course, our hearts are saddened by his passing, but we rejoice in knowing he is safe resting in the arms of Jesus and we will see him again.

To cherish his memory, he leaves his devoted wife, Rose Marie Degrate; children, Kathy Anthony (Mike), Ericka Robinson, Lucius Robinson (Tracey), Curtis Degrate, Jr. (Sam), all of Arlington, TX; William (Jun bug) Robinson (Sharon), San Antonio, TX; Gregory Degrate, Brian Keith Degrate (Lisa), Patrick Degrate (Mieka), all of Waco, TX; 39 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren. Wow!

Other survivors include his six sisters, Vierene Norwood, Lois Thomas, Ethel (Kenneth) Walton, Joyce Woods, Sandra Degrate, Shelia Degrate; two brothers, Murphy Gene Degrate, Anthony Degrate; special nieces, Juanita (Chester) Young, Jr., Wylie, TX and Beverly Bradford, Waco, TX; aunt, Carnell Robinson, Okla. City; sister-in-law Doris Degrate, Seattle, WA; many other nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Two brothers preceded him in death, Armster Degrate and Morris Degrate;

Special thanks to Texas Oncology, Waco Lung Association, Providence Hospital Staff, St. Catherine’s Hospice Staff, Providence Health Clinic.

Place of Service: Lake Shore Funeral Home , 5201 Steinbeck Bend; Waco, TX 76708

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  1. Ericka Robinson Keyes

    Curtis is my bonus Dad. He and my Mom have been married for 40 something years. He was so fiesty and loving. Oh how he loved my Mom and all of us kids. Yes, he helped raise all 5 of us, plus Curtis Jr. If there was one constant in my life, besides my Mom, it was my “Bonus” Dad. Oh how i’m gonna miss him. The last few years, he has made me promise, on the holidays, to cook him and my Mom some homemade mac and cheese, and cornbread dressing. I never hesitated! What our parents want, they got! I’m gonna miss him so much, I already do! There is a hole left in my heart that can never be filled! I love you Pops! Rest in Heaven!

  2. Jo Hague Farar

    When you get to Heaven, be sure to drop in on my mama & daddy because I know that ‘Cuz and Miss Dorothy will want to hear what you’ve been up to!

  3. Addie Heidelberg

    To my long time friend Juanita Young whom I met hhere in Calfornia. She and her family have been very special to me. I never met Curtis, but I heard so many wonderful things about him. FAMILY THERE ARE NO WORDS… MAY THE MEMORIES IN YOUR HEARTS HELP TO EASE SOME OF THE PAIN.
    GOD always gives of STRENGTH when we NEED it .
    Be Blessed
    Addie L. Heidelberg
    Sacramento, California

  4. hazel and becky haik

    pat and family so sorry for your lost

  5. Thank you for your condolence and prayers. You have always been a special friend and a chosen family member.

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