St. Clair County lost a respected business owner, man of faith and friend of the community Wednesday, July 31, when Curtis Capps passed away.
In the days since, several local residents have shared their memories of how he brightened and touched their lives, and it’s likely that he affected more people than he might have realized as families welcomed the products of his company, Royal Sausage, to their dining tables day in and day out.
“To me, Curtis was the ultimate community guy,” said Pastor Donald Gover of Life Family Worship Center. “He loved everybody, and he tried to help everybody.”
Gover said he respected Capps as being leader in the community and worked with him through their journey as men of Christ.
“He met no stranger,” the pastor said. “He will be greatly missed because of the character he consistently exemplified as a Godly friend to everyone.”
Local graphic designer Jennifer Mashburn agrees with Gover that Capps will be missed.
“I have never had the pleasure of knowing a more selfless man with such a servant’s heart. Our talks together and his guiding words I will cherish forever. Everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him was better for it, and he was such a blessing to the whole community.”
Odenville resident Trese Mashburn added, “He was a wonderful man. I was blessed having been around him. His passing will leave a huge hole in the community for which he’s done so much for.”
Pell City realtor and friend Nicole Anderson Walters described Capps as one who set a good example for others.
“Mr. Capps was truly a giver and an entrepreneur. His heart was so generous and kind. There was never a time I didn't see him smiling. I always admired his devotion to his family as well. This community has felt his absence since he fell ill, and I always prayed he would return to his passions one day. He will be greatly missed. His legacy is one we all should strive to leave behind.”
Traveling down memory lane, Stan J. Griffin, former St. Clair News-Aegis sports editor said, "Obviously many people recognized Curtis Capps as a dynamic businessman and the man behind landmarks such as Royal Foods. I was fortunate enough, however, to get to know Curtis personally as a friend. He was not only a good man with a beautiful family, but he was a true Christian who had a great heart for many people, and especially for those who faced tremendous challenges in life. He faced some rough circumstances of his own during the past couple of years, but I am so very happy to know he is in a wonderful place now. I hope that gives his family much peace."
Deb Aldridge, who was a friend and attended church with the Capps and his wife Deanna, said he represented what a Christian should be.
“He had a servant’s heart,” Deb said. “He was so humble that he didn’t need praise from the people he helped. He did it because of his love of God.”
She went on to describe Curtis as a kind and gentle man who loved his family with all his heart.
“One thing I loved about Curtis was he wasn’t afraid to show emotion. When he asked for a prayer request from his heart, he wasn’t afraid to cry.”
Her favorite thing about him was he was not ashamed to be a Christian, Aldridge said, adding, as she recalled a special memory, “My Sunday wasn’t complete without a hug from Curtis.”
Reporter’s Note: Greeting those around him with warmth whether it was through a hug, handshake or hello Curtis Capps could easily be described as the heart of Pell City.
For me, Curtis Capps provided the opportunity to write every day. For that I am forever grateful. No amount of words can express my gratitude, but I will say perhaps the two most important in this situation—thank you.
You will forever be remembered and most certainly never forgotten.