Curtis Ray (C.R.) Harden, otherwise known as “Wedge”, passed from this life into the next in the early hours of December 15, 2020 at 94 years young. He was born in Clarksville, Texas on September 22, 1926, as the oldest child of Earnest Leroy and Velma Lee Roten Harden. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Savoy for many years.Curtis married Marguerite Thompson on June 14, 1948 and they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary shortly before her death.
In his younger days, Curtis worked in and around the West Texas oilfields, then in the 1960s, Curtis and Marguerite made their home in Savoy, Texas and he lived there for over 50 years. They raised four children in Savoy: Curtis Jr., Teresa, Carolyn and Belinda.Following the death of Marguerite in 2009, Curtis reconnected with, and then in 2011, married, Maureen Smith of Whitesboro, Texas, whom he had courted when they were both in their early 20s. The couple, then both in their 80’s were happily married for only a year before her death in 2012.
Curtis drove a truck for a living before he retired, all while trying his hand at any number of endeavors on the side, such as raising cattle, pigs, chickens, dogs, donkeys, and goats. It was not unusual to top the hill and see a llama grazing among his cows, or a goat standing on top of the cellar. You never knew what he would do next as there was nothing he would not try at least once. When he moved his family to Savoy, the only house for rent was without indoor plumbing, and he sold the family on the move by convincing them it would be an “adventure”. He planted many a “small” garden that turned out to be a 2-acre garden full of vegetables and fruit trees. He was a dabbler in antiques and collectibles, once partnering in an antique shop in downtown Savoy, having recruited his father out of retirement to run it. He was a big talker, and frequently could be found sitting with his friends at the gas station shooting the breeze, having forgotten that his wife and children waited patiently in the car.
Curtis was preceded in death by first wife, Marguerite, second wife, Maureen, his oldest daughter, Teresa Harden Miller, his parents mentioned above, and brother, Homer Harden. He is survived by his beloved sister, Glenda Maureen Kay of Abilene, his children, Curtis Harden, Jr. and wife, Laneta of Garland, Carolyn Price and husband Tony of Fairfield, and daughter Belinda Patterson of Plano, Texas. Curtis had seven grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
Per Curtis’s wishes, there will be no funeral service or family visitation night. Following cremation, there will be a gathering of family to bury his ashes next to Marguerite’s in the Sunnyside Cemetery in Savoy, and in lieu of flowers, any expressions of sympathy are requested to be made to the charity of your choice. The family wishes to express its gratitude to Thomas N. Teel for all his efforts in helping Curtis through the last few years. Those efforts are greatly appreciated. Arrangements are with Mullican-Little Funeral Home, Bells, Texas. An online registry may be signed at www.mullicanlittle.com
Wedge was always willing to share a story or two on my visits to Savoy. His sense of wit and humor was reason enough to spend extra time with this legendary Savoy neighbor.
Wedge you will be missed…
God’s speed to you and wishes for God’s peace to your family.
Mr. Harden was a good friend and neighbor, always willing to help any way he could. I will miss visiting with him.
We know that Wedge lived to be 94 and my brother, Tony, and Carolyn will be with family when he is buried at Sunnyside.
Thought and prayers are with the family.
Thoughts and prayers to the family.