In Loving Memory

Rev. Wallace D. Curlee

February 13, 1927 - May 17, 2019


Rev. Wallace Duncan Curlee, age 92, a native of Herrin, IL, and a resident of Mobile, AL since 2002, was promoted on Friday, May 17, 2019. Rev. Curlee was born on February 13, 1927 in Herrin, IL. He was a veteran of the US Navy and married his wife of 56 years, Alba Detto of Herrin, IL on September 24, 1947 in Hope, AR. He received the Lord as his Savior at the age of 28 in 1955 and answered the call to preach and was ordained as a minister of the gospel in Tinley Park, IL.  His first pastorate was at 2nd Baptist Church in his hometown of Herrin.  While serving, he went back to school, receiving his GED and then enrolled in Southern Illinois University earning his degree in Bachelor of Arts on June 14, 1961.  Several years later, he enrolled in Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, TX, earning a Master of Divinity in their School of Theology.  At that time, he was also pastoring at 1st Baptist Church of Forest Hill, TX.  He continued pastoring 2nd Baptist Church of Marion, IL, then at Houston Covenant Church in Houston, TX.  In his later years, he ministered ad pastored the Hispanic congregation of Vino Nuevo in Houston.  He also taught the men’s Bible study class at West Mobile Baptist Church. Rev. Curlee served the Lord faithfully for over 63 years.

Rev. Curlee was preceded in death by his wife, Alba Pauline Detto Curlee; his parents; six brothers and his half-sister.

He is survived by his children, Keith Curlee (Betsy) and Cathy Hannaman (Thomas) of both of Mobile, AL; his grandchildren, Olivia Curlee Ward (Ben), Hannah Curlee Young (Pate), Norah Jane Curlee, Seth Ethan Curlee, Ryan Christopher Hannaman, Aaron Parks Hannaman (Amy); six great-grandchildren, Weston Thomas Hannaman, River Wallace Hannaman, Bryce Christian Hannaman, Aaron Parks Hannaman, Jr., Harper Ellis Ward and Milo Emerson Young; sister-in-law, Bonnie Curlee; and twelve nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Rev. Curlee’s life will be held at West Mobile Baptist Church, 7501 Airport Blvd., Mobile, AL on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.  Family will receive friends for a time of visitation after the service.

And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)  “And the word of the Lord came to him.”

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in his memory to Triumphant Mercy Ministry, 6016 Laurel Wood Court, Mobile, AL 36609.

Expressions of condolence for the family may be made at

Hughes Funeral Home, 7951 American Way, Daphne, AL, is assisting the family.


  1. Cathy Brouillette

    Heartfelt condolences to the family. May his soul Rest In Peace.

  2. Christie Wickham

    I am so sorry for your loss. You father did wonderful things during his lifetime. He has left this world a better place. Prayers for all of you.

  3. Andy & Bonnie Shoemake

    Our most heartfelt condolences to the family. Such a wonderful man, and we were blest to have Brother Wally touch our lives during his time here in Herrin.

  4. Madge Sons

    Sorry Kathy and Keith ! I’ve been a member at Second Baptist of Herrin , Il for over 50 yrs . Your Dad was the pastor and a great influence on my Life ! I loved your Mother . She was a Lovely Lady ! May the Lord wrap his arms around you and give you comfort !❤️🙏

  5. Tom Austin

    Wallace my friend, we will meet again. You are now where we all want to be also.

  6. Barbara Mozingo


    I send my condolences to the family. I am sure you do not remember me, as I was a member of the youth group at 2nd Baptist ( I in H.S. you were in College). I just want you to know how much Wally and Alba meant to me. Wally was the first Pastor to lead me into a deeper search for my journey with the Lord. He challenged me to seek deeper and never quit searching . Your parents were my first true Spiritual Parents. I celebrate his Home Going with you. I know with certainty Wally heard the Lord say ” well done my good and faithful servant”.


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