Thomas C. Curtis, a former partner in a Kensington service station and a Howard County cattleman, died Sunday from cancer at his Clarksville farm. He was 86.
The son of a farmer and a homemaker, Thomas Clayton Curtis was born at home in Kensington, where he was raised.
After graduating from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in 1945, he enlisted in the Navy and served for a year at the Bainbridge Naval Training Center in Cecil County.
After leaving the Navy in 1946, he worked in accounting for the Washington Gas Light Co., before joining his brother in the early 1950s as co-owner of Kensington Texaco on Metropolitan Avenue.
In addition to handling the service...