52 year old Trena Willann Braswell Curtis of Smithville died Thursday at her home. She was a DeKalb County native, a retired 2nd grade teacher with the DeKalb County Board of Education at Smithville Elementary School for 24 years. Trena was a 1987 graduate of Lee University, and a member of the Alexandria Church of God. She loved playing the piano and organ at the numerous churches that she and her husband had the privilege to pastor. She was also a founding member alongside her husband of the DeKalb/Cannon County Amateur Radio Club, and loved to crochet.
The funeral will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Smithville Church of God. Jeff Armstrong, Clifford Spence, and Terry Hart will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Saturday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. The body will then be moved to the church where visitation will resume until the time of the service at 2 p.m.
Trena was preceded in death by her parents, Truman Allen Braswell and Louise Redman Braswell. She is survived by her husband of 33 years, William Freddy Curtis of Smithville and her four sons, Fredrick Matthew Curtis of Smithville, Trent Braswell Curtis of Morrison, Casey Warren Curtis and Haley of Alexandria, and Evan Madison Curtis of Smithville. Grandchildren, Ella Mae Curtis and Elliott Witt Curtis of Morrison. A brother, Ricky A. Braswell of Knoxville. Father-in-law and Mother-in-law, Fred Earl and Diana Curtis of Alexandria. Brother-in-law, John Curtis and Rachel of Mount Juliet. Two uncles, R.L. Redman and Earlene of Smithville and Charles Braswell of Tunnel Hill, Georgia; and numerous cousins, friends, former students and colleagues of Smithville Elementary School. Donations in Trena's memory may be made to the Alexandria Church of God-World Missions Fund (209 Edgewood Street, Alexandria, TN 37012), Church of God World Missions (P.O. Box 8016 Cleveland, TN 37320), or a charity of one's choice in her memory.
Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.