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The summer of 1971 would feel the sensation of cool when on July 6, Jane Mae and Curtis Ulysses Moreland welcomed their second child, Curtis Jerome, to the world. His sister Shirleen was excited to have a baby brother and his Aunt Hazel lovingly nicknamed him “Snoopy.” From infancy, he demonstrated an intense curiosity of his surroundings, his eyes darting around the room from person to person before he was even old enough to focus his vision. Curtis’ childhood consisted of music, he and his father singing with the Missionary Jubileers of Asbury Park, performing in local talent shows and eventually joining the Second Baptist Church Choir. In 1986, Curtis would begin one of the greatest journeys in life, when he welcomed his son, Joshua Smith to the world. Though young and used to the carefree living of any teenager, Curtis was a proud father who recognized the heightened level of responsibility that fatherhood requires. In 2003, Jerome had a beautiful baby girl, Porsche Renee. He was excited to be a girl dad and continued to be as great a father as he possibly could to both of his children. Fatherhood was the impetus to the work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit that Curtis developed at a young age. At the Second Baptist Church in Perth Amboy (today, Cathedral International), Curtis honed his craft as a sound engineer. It’s no wonder that nearly forty years of his life was dedicated to stage production. Music, shows, the backdrop of it all was his passion, brewed from a foundation that taught him the interconnectedness of audiovisual. From off-Broadway shows to concerts in New York City and Los Angeles, Curtis produced projects, plays and concerts for some of the world's greatest artists. One of the happiest moments in his life was working with Fred Hammond, or “Uncle Fred,” as he called him. Having had a front row seat to his parents’ lifetime of service in the community, Curtis took the principle of “Loving thy neighbor as thyself” to heart. His open heart to those who were marginalized, underrepresented and overlooked, caused him to extend his hand to theirs, using his strength to pull them up. His passion for production expanded beyond the stage and the lights as he felt a greater calling to a larger stage- the stage of the people. In 2017, Curtis, along with his fiancé Quadai, founded “From Jersey With Love,” a non-profit organization. “From Jersey with Love” has served over 400,000 pounds of food to the community and clothed countless families. Life is filled with transitions. Days turn to years in what feels like an instant. The caveat to any life, no matter how adventurous, is that one day the curtain will close. A few days before Christmas 2021, Curtis closed his eyes, in the hopes of waking up healed and ready to finish what he started in his community. On the afternoon of January 7, 2022, Curtis woke up enveloped in an everlasting love, wrapped in the embrace of his Savior, Jesus Christ. He is preceded in death, but welcomed in heaven by his loving sister, Shirleen Moreland-Freeman (Gregory) and leaves a lifetime of cherishable memories with his parents, Curtis and Jane Moreland, two children, Joshua Smith (Cait) and Porsche Renee Demby, a granddaughter Sophia Hoistion, four godchildren, Jo’el, Zacchaeus, Ayanna and Bryanna, his fiancé Quadai Palmer and countless family and friends that cherish great memories and great times. "By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:35
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