Fred E. Cureton of West Seattle passed away from a protracted illness on March 20, 2017 at the age of 89. He was born in North Carolina, attended and graduated from Sims High School in Union, South Carolina. He graduated from Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA, 1948 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry, and among his classmates, Martin Luther King, Jr. Fred joined United States Air Force (USAF) in 1951 and later served as Chief of the Radio Frequency Engineering Branch at USAF Headquarters at the Pentagon, Washington DC. He retired from the service in 1971. After retiring, Fred was an Associated Realtor with Samuel B. Cofer Realtors in Washington DC. He moved to Seattle in 1988 where he lived happily until his death. He traveled the world, loved gardening, cooking, was an avid golfer, and a great sports enthusiast.
Preceded in death by his mother, Virginia Nelson, stepfather, Frank Nelson, and father, Anderson Woodson.Interment with military honors at Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, DC will take place at a later date.
Survived by wife Pam, daughters Tanya and (Jim) Egan, Cheron Cureton, Nadia Cureton; sons Desi Cureton, Fred and Michael Primus, and Denis Le Clech; and several grandchildren, great grandsons and nephews.
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Fred Edward Cureton & Anthony Miller at the Washington State Fair 2013.
Uncle Fred tribute
Uncle Fred taught me many many things over the years including "check the oil before going on a car trip" and how to do it. In 1963 while visiting him in St. John's Newfoundland, Canada he took my mother and I to lunch aboard a US Navy ship. After lunch we got a tour of the ship including the main machinery space where I saw my first steam turbine. I later became a engineer aboard US Navy ship powered by steam turbines.
I will always remember in 1968 Uncle Fred took Desi and I to see James Brown at the Howard Theater in Washington D.C. This was my first R&B concert. Later when I was with a big band and came to Seattle Uncle Fred and Pam came to see us.
I was able to go on many trips with uncle Fred. When I retired the first trip I took was to drive out to see Uncle Fred and Pam. I was happy to go with them to the Washington State Fair.
Fred Edward Cureton & Anthony Miller At the Washington State Fair 2013
I am so sorry for the loss of Fred.
May God comfort you during this time of grieving and give you peace, strength and hope. (2 Corinthians 1:3,4)
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