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Curtis Neal Williams passed away June 8, 2017, in Austin, Texas. He was born on August 7, 1934, to Jackson Barney and Ellen Cahill Williams in Austin, Texas. He attended Palm School, Allen Junior High, and Austin High School.

Curtis married the love of his life, Betty Gail Cowan on December 17, 1955. He joined the Navy Reserves, and then the United States Marine Corps in the 1950's. He then worked for the City of Austin as a traffic signal specialist for twenty years. Curtis attended Austin Community College while his four children were teenagers and was the first ACC graduate to receive an Associate's Degree in Photography. In March of 1978, he opened Portraits by Curtis, and with Betty by his side, he spent many years shooting weddings and portraits. Curtis and Betty were both active in the Austin Photography Guild, Texas Professional Photography Association, and volunteered for the Texas School of Professional Photography. Curtis was a Deacon and record keeper at Woodlawn Baptist Church, where he and Betty became members in the early 1960's.

Curtis was predeceased by his parents; brothers, Sonny, Forrest, and Bobby; and his wife, Betty. He is survived by his children, Michael Williams, Cathy Penn (Bryan), Valerie Halstead (Jeff), and Vicky Wilhelm (Keith); grandchildren, Michael (Sherri), Christina (Thomas), Ryan (Kelly), P.J., Alex, Jamie, Joshua, Emily, Sam, Hannah, Elizabeth(Garrett), and Claire; great-grandchildren, Connor, Heather, Beckett, Brynn, and Caroline; and a host of other family and friends.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff and hospice of Silverado Onion Creek Memory Care.

A private service will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Curtis and Betty Williams Scholarship Fund at Texas School of Professional Photography, 1501 W. 5th Street, Plainview, Texas, 79072.