Curtis came to become part of our family back in the early 1990s. He was a school friend of our son, Nathan. Curtis loved to be with us and went to church with us every opportunity he had. Many times Curtis would get in the altar and pray.
When our family relocated to Miracle Valley, Arizona, Curtis' mother stated that all Curtis could talk about was coming to Miracle Valley and being with us. At age 15, he joined us here at Miracle Valley.
During those early years, Curtis pitched right in with us and worked to improve Miracle Valley. He was involved in helping us replace sewer lines, as well as new water lines. He worked on the roofs of nearly all the buildings. He was very instrumental in the remodeling of the Miracle Valley Assisted Living Home. He mowed grass, painted buildings, and even killed a few snakes.
When Curtis returned to his home in Ohio after being at Miracle Valley for about 4 years, he met the love of his life. A young girl by the name of Jessica. At that time, Curtis worked with our son Melvin in doing local landscaping in the area. Curtis and Jessica soon married and shortly after their marriage, Curtis wanted to return to Miracle Valley as it was here where he lived during his teenage years.
With a new wife, and soon to be baby nine months later, Curtis moved into an apartment in the Girl's Dormitory. He worked to remove the existing walls on top of the of Church in order that a new roof might be installed.
Late last fall, Curtis returned to Ohio, only never to come back to Miracle Valley again.
When Dr. Robinson and myself went to Ohio to take care of some business, Curtis wanted to be a part. He looked up to us with respect and was always willing to do whatever he could to help the work of God. Just a few weeks ago, in mid May 2006, Curtis was found dead in a lake.
I guess everyone has an appointment with God, and it was Curtis' time. It seems so unfair that a young man who loved the Lord, his wife and newborn little boy, and who loved Miracle Valley, a young man of 21 years of age and in great health and shape, should have to face death.
Of course our hearts are very saddened. He was like a son to Sister Harter& I, and he always called us Dad & Mom. He was like a brother to our children. We will miss him very much as he will always have a place in our hearts.
"Good-bye Son" (Curtis Dorsey). We will see you on the other shore by the Eastern Gate.
- Dr. Melvin & Roberta Harter
Miracle Valley, Arizona