Hazel Broxton Curtright

hazel curtright
Hazel Mae Broxton Curtright, 94, a resident of the Brooks-Howell Home, Asheville, died Monday, November 14, 2005, of respiratory complications. Mrs. Curtright was the daughter of the late Pearl and H.M. Broxton. She was born August 14, 1911, in Chattanooga, TN, but lived most of her life in Asheville with her mother and her late sister, Mrs. Marjorie Harrill Kunze, at 17 Monroe Place, and after 1969 at 28 Maplewood Road in North Asheville. From 2000 - 2005 she was a resident at Arbor Terrace Assisted Living Facility in Arden. She earned her A.B. degree in 1934 at Women’s College of UNC and graduate degrees from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and from UNC-Chapel Hill. She taught French, English, science and other subjects in Western North Carolina schools for 30 years before retiring in 1964 from Lee H. Edwards High School. She was a member of Alpha Delta Kappa and an active member of NC Education Association where she served as president from 1957 - 1959. She was an accomplished watercolorist and close observer of nature. She was a volunteer at St. Joseph’s Hospital in the 1980’s and was a life long member of Central United Methodist Church. Surviving are her nephew, Dr. Donald Kunze and his wife, Elaine, of State College, PA. A gathering of family and friends will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 30, at Lewis Memorial Park. Her family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue and suggest that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Central United Methodist Church, 27 Church Street, Asheville, NC 28801.

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  1. Ms. Curtright was my 10th Grade Biology teacher at Asheville High from 1970-71. I loved the way she would have a quick come-back whenever a student was disrespectful to her. She knew how to handle a class. She had a quick wit and wonderful sense of humor that I will never forget. She sustained my interested in science enough for me to eventually become a Registered Nurse. I will remember her with fondness.
    With Deepest Sympathy,

  2. Miss Broxton was a favorite teacher and we all celebrated when she married Mr. Curtright. She will always be remembered.

  3. Only of my most influential and inspiring teachers as well as a friend, I am so grateful for the gift of knowing and learning from Ms Curtright. Her life has been a treasured gift to us all.

  4. Mrs. Curtright was my 8th grade English teacher at David Millard Junior High School in 1952-53. She insprired a love of the language that has remained with me through the years. She was a strict grammarian who did not tolerate misspelling or incorrect punctuation and even made diagraming sentences interesting. She and her sister, Marjorie Kunze, who taught me typing in the 11th grade, had profound influence on my education and life. Thank you, Hazel!!

    H. Mack Anders

  5. Dr Kunze, Mrs. Curtright is fondly remembered by so many students. She had a wonderful sense of humor, and was a strict teacher, blending these qualities well. I remember her at David Millard JR. High from ’45 to ’47, a feeder school for Lee Edwards High. Two classes have an Internet group of 100, about half of whom were David Millard students, & her picture & obituary have been sent to these people all over the country. We all think of her as a great teacher & friend. If we had known she was in Asheville all these years, so many of us would have visited her. With deepest sympathy to your family.

  6. Ms Hazel Broxton was my 8th grade civics teacher at David Millard Jr. High School. I thank her for the inspiration she gave me for the love of country and my beginning knowledge of how it should truly operate for the good of its people.

  7. Mrs. Curtright was my teacher and continued to keep up with me with visits at the Fresh Market. She will be missed.
    David and Peggy Beaman

  8. I will never forget Mrs. Curtright who was my favorite teacher in the 10th grade. She encouraged me to never give up on my dreams and goals in life. Yes, some of you may remember It was in Mrs. Curtright class we were dissecting a frog and Spuggy decide to chase me around the room with the frog in his hands. (I ran in the hallway screaming and yelling for Mrs. Curtright to rescue me which she finally did:) After she comforted and calmed me down, she took care of Spuggy in the hallway. I will never forget him as long as I live, we still laugh about it. Mrs. Curtright will always be in my heart. Myrtle Pinkney

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