Curtis was born March 8, 1949 to parents Emerson and Johnnie Ruth Branch. He was the second born of eight brothers and sisters. Emerson Jr., Alvin, Bonita, Robert, Michael, Denise, and Deborah. Curtis was always happy and easy going. He was popular and enjoyed being around his family. He graduated from Lindblom Technical High School. He was: C- compassionate, U-Understanding, R-reliable, T-Trustworthy, I-Intelligent, and S-Stellar (a shining star).