Funeral services for Curtis Arthur Bay, of Salado, will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church of Salado. Burial will follow at the Killeen City Cemetery.
Mr. Bay was born in the Tama community on the Cowhouse Creek in Coryell County on Dec. 26, 1926. His parents were Arthur and Laura Marshall Bay. Curtis grew up in Killeen and graduated from Killeen High school. He attended Texas A&M University for a year and then enlisted in the Army. When he returned from war, he attended John Tarleton Community College and then transferred to Texas A&M, where he graduated Jan. 27, 1950.
He started working in the family grocery business full time upon graduation. When he and Cleo decided to open another Minimax store in either Austin or Houston, he chose Houston. This move was a significant event in his life because that is where he met and married Margaret, his wife of 55 years.
Curtis’ life was filled with his faith in God, hope for the future and love of Margaret and his children and of the life he built with Margaret. During his years in the grocery business and after retirement, he shared his faith, hope and love with his partners, friends, family, employees and church family. When his children, Andy and Sherrie arrived, he taught them many life lessons but his greatest lesson was how to love unconditionally. Curtis believed that there is more to be seen that can ever be seen and more to do than could ever be done thus he loved to travel and hunt. Beaches and mountains were his favorite destinations. Many of his and Margaret’s family trips included friends.
Curtis was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Killeen and was a member of the First Baptist Church, Salado, at the time of his death. Curtis served on the Board of First National Bank, Killeen, Killeen Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the Exchange Club of Killeen.
Curtis’ faith allowed him to know that he would live eternally with an imperishable body in community with other believers, without the presence of sin and death but with the perpetual presence of God.
Love can touch us one time and last for a lifetime. Curtis’ love touched many for a lifetime on earth and now to eternity. Because he was in our lives and taught us how to live with faith, hope and love, we have nothing to fear. He is safe in our hearts and our hearts will be joined through eternity.
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” - Hebrews 11:1.
Mr. Bay was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Benny and Cleo Bay; and his sisters, Margurea Shepard Burns and Treva Brown.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret; his son, Andy; daughter, Sherrie and son-in-law, Bernd Fritz; his grandchildren, Christopher Fritz and Dominik Fritz; his sister and brother-in-law, Laura and Bill Sinclair; his sister-in-law, Glennys Bay; his sister-in-law, Caroline Bay; and many nieces and nephews.
Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the Central Texas College Foundation.
Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen, which is in charge of arrangements. Offer condolences at www.crawfordbowersfuneralhome.com.