Memorial service scheduled this weekend for Curtis

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Wesley Erwin “Mac” Curtis Jr., considered a trailblazer in the world of Rockabilly music and member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, will be remembered Saturday at a memorial service.

Curtis died on Sept. 16 from complications of an Aug.12 car accident. Friends will have a chance to pay tribute to the music icon beginning at 7 p.m. at the Spring Creek Tabernacle, a place he was said to have “loved.”

“It is like going full circle,” said Carol Page, close friend and companion. “He and his band made their debut there so it is a full circle.”

Page said she and Curtis had a long history and dated while they attended Weatherford High School in their youth. But following graduation, both went their separate ways. Little did they know their paths would meet again more then five decades later.

“We didn’t see each other for more than 50 years and I had moved back to Weatherford, while he was still living in the Metroplex,” she said.

It wasn’t until later that Curtis decided it was time to move back to Weatherford.

“He had recently divorced and wanted to return to his roots,” Page said. “He had attended his Weatherford High School 50th reunion and enjoyed visiting with former classmates.”

Several months later, Page ran into Curtis at the Spring Creek Tabernacle where he was performing one evening and the two decided to "re-connect."

“We were weekend companions and went everywhere together - kind of like dating again,” Page said. “The first time I went with him on a overseas tour it was to Spain and it was a Rockabilly Weekend and I was amazed at his popularity, because to me he was still Wesley - over there he was definitely Mac. They referred to him as the ‘legend.’”

She said that he had been doing that for years and that fans would approach him for his autograph and he was so humble and appreciative. She said on one occasion, while with him, security had to part the crowd to allow the two access to where he was scheduled to sign autographs.

“In the 60s and 70s, barbershops in England were said to have pictures of Curtis hanging in their establishments,” Page said. “People were so fond of his hairstyle - they dubbed it the ‘Mac Curtis’ and adoring fans requested it frequently."

Page said his final recording was in Finland where he recorded, Songs I Wish I Wrote.

“He was very open with me about things he probably didn’t share with anyone else,” Page said. “I felt like I had an inside line to who he really was.”

The memorial for Curtis will be at the Spring Creek tabernacle off FM Road 51 south of Weatherford.

Lance Winter, 817-594-9902, Ext. 102 Twitter: @Lancewinter

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