Michael Curl

Michael Curl

Michael F. Curl, age 64, of Snellville, Georgia, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, January 5, 2012 surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his devoted wife of 40 years, Donna Armstrong Curl; three daughters & sons-in-law, Ashley & Mark Johnston of Dacula, GA, Heather & Mike Rutherford of Bishop, GA, Beth & Mike Kline of Buford, GA; seven grandchildren, Ryan & Tanner Johnston, Ella, Benjamin & William Rutherford, Jack Christie and Natalie Kline; mother, Geneva “Tootsie” Curl of Braselton, GA; brother & sister-in-law, Tim & Julie Curl of Marietta, GA; sister & brother-in-law, Gwen & Rusty Housworth of Braselton, GA; mother-in-law, Irene Armstrong of Snellville, GA; brother & sister-in-law, Keith & Gretchen Armstrong of Atlanta, GA; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends. Michael was preceded in death by his father, Dwight Curl and father-in-law, Jackson Armstrong. Mike was born on September 20, 1947, in Birmingham, Alabama to Geneva Eileen Poling Curl and Dwight Curl. The family moved to the Atlanta area where he graduated from Avondale High school in 1966. Mike was a gifted athlete in many sports, including football, baseball and wrestling. Mike graduated from The University of West Georgia where he was president of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He married his college sweetheart, Donna Armstrong, on September 25, 1971. Mike and Donna are the proud parents of three loving daughters and seven precious grandchildren who adore their Papou. Mike was an avid runner and fitness enthusiast. He also enjoyed hearing and telling a good joke, as well as dancing with the best of them. Through the years he coached softball, taught Sunday school, served as an usher in the church and attended every ballet recital and cheerleading event, all with a smile on his face. His laugh was unique and contagious to all around. All who had the pleasure of knowing Mike would say there are not enough words to describe this amazing human being. If we could say just a few words, we would say Mike Curl was a devoted patriot with a love for this country like no other. He was patient, genuine, humble, kind, witty and generous. His love for his family and friends was unconditional. Mike loved the Atlanta Braves, Falcons, Georgia Bulldogs and his Brookwood Broncos. Mike worked for over 20 years in the pharmaceutical industry. In March 2000, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. He last worked for Volvo in December 2008. He was a devoted servant of the Lord and was a member of Snellville United Methodist Church and later, First United Methodist of Lawrenceville. Mike drew strength from his faith in the Lord and support from his devoted wife, children, family and friends. He fought a long and courageous battle and never complained along the way. Mike was often compared to George Bailey from the beloved movie “It’s a Wonderful Life”. He felt he was a truly blessed and rich man from all the wonderful friendships that he made through the years. His greatest joys in life were his wife, daughters and their husbands and grandchildren and his dearest friends. Mike will be truly missed by his family and his friends, but they find peace in knowing that he is no longer suffering and is Home and in the arms of the Lord. A Memorial Service Celebrating the Life of Michael F. Curl will be held Sunday, January 8, 2012 at 3:00 P.M. at Snellville United Methodist Church with Rev. Dr. Philip DeMore officiating. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Tom M. Wages Snellville Chapel. Those desiring may make donations to The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke, DUMC Box 3624, Durham, NC 27710 in memory of Michael F. Curl. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.wagesfuneralhome.com. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, “A Family Company,” Snellville Chapel 770-979-3200 has been entrusted with the arrangements.