Remembering Curtis / Gymnasium Fund

For: Curtis Tomah Gymnasium
Organizer: Kathy Johnson
of $25,000 goal.
Raised by 153 donors
48% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

Thank you to everyone who gave!

Thanks to all of your support, the Tomah family was able to provide an amazing service for Curtis.  Hundreds of people attended the funeral, burial and the reception afterwards.    Being able to honor Curtis’s life in this way gave many family members and friends some peace in the midst of such a tragic loss. 

Curtis’s legacy will not end here

The Tomah family is excited to announce their plans to continue Curtis’s legacy by fulfilling his dream of building a recreation center for kids.  Going forward, all donations made to this site will benefit The Curtis Tomah Memorial Gymnasium.To give the project a strong beginning, the Tomah family will use a portion of the money from Curtis’s life insurance policy to match the amount contributed by all of you for the funeral services. That means the amount shown on this website accurately shows the amount raised for the gymnasium. Attached are photos so that everyone has a vivid idea of the plans for the gymnasium. 

If anyone has any questions regarding the gymnasium project, please feel free to contact the family at [email protected]  Thanks again for your generous support! 

About Curtis . . .

Curtis was born in Liberia, Africa.  At a young age, he moved to the United States with his family.  He embraced and embodied the American culture, but he was always proud of and connected to his African heritage.  Once in the US, Curtis quickly formed strong bonds with a group of young men that would last through his entire life.  Curtis and his friends shared every aspect of life, but they particularly loved playing basketball together.  Once the smallest member of the group, Curtis grew to a towering 6’3” man during a sudden and late growth spurt when he was 18 years old.  His love for basketball led him to join the basketball team at North Garland High School in Garland, Texas.  There, Curtis played an instrumental role in making the Raiders the most successful team they had been in decades, ultimately making them the best in the district and leading them to the playoffs. 

After high school, Curtis went on to Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas.  In college, he grew his large circle of friends and made the most of his college experience by becoming involved in campus life.  He was a member of the Student Government Association, an officer in the African Student Organization and a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and the VITA Tax Service.  Curtis was a hard-working student that made the Dean’s list on multiple occasions.  He ultimately graduated with his Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting in May of 2010.  

Immediately after graduation, Curtis landed a job with the Billing department in the corporate office of DG FastChannel, Inc.  Always striving to grow in his career and utilize his accounting education, he moved to the Accounts Payable department several months later.  Curtis made an instant and lasting impression on everyone he worked with.  His self-motivation, ambition and powerful work ethic were balanced by his professional, gentle and steady demeanor, making him both a needed and wanted member of any team.  He never failed to greet his co-workers with a warm smile and a kind word, and he soon added numerous colleagues to his ever-growing sphere of friends.  Curtis loved to form relationships and connect people that could benefit each other. 

From the first day of his life to the last, Curtis held his family in the highest regard. It was clear to everyone that caring for and spending time with his family was a top priority.  He always honored his mother and father by carrying a large share of responsibility while treating them with respect and affection.  His love and respect flowed to his extended family as well, including his uncles, aunties and grandparents.  Curtis was extremely close to his sisters and brothers, and they adored and admired him. He regularly helped his younger brothers with their homework after school.  When the work was done, he delighted in coaching them in basketball.  He was a strong father-figure to his young nephew who adored him.   Curtis was not only generous with his time, but he also gave financially.  He helped support his family whenever he could, and he routinely saved money to buy his brothers the latest tennis shoes and sporting equipment. 

In the last year of his life, Curtis began pursuing his relationship with God.  After continual prayers and influence from Christian loved ones, he began attending Christ Unveiled Church in Garland, TX.  There, Curtis was able to add a new dimension of friendship to his life as he met others who would help him draw nearer to God.  This aspect of Curtis’s life adds great comfort to so many of his family and friends, as they are assured that he is in a far better place and will be reunited with them one day.  As with everything, Curtis strived to grow in his faith and even posted comments about it on Facebook.  His open and honest communication served as an encouragement to others who began following his lead to become more dedicated to the Christian lifestyle.  On June 23, 2013, only five days before his untimely death, Curtis and his loving girlfriend, Liz, approached the altar and dedicated their lives to God.  Curtis’s sister, Beneka, shared that one of his final acts was rooted in faith.  On the night of the accident, after leaving to meet with his friends, Curtis made the effort to return to the house to pray with her before he left.

Despite all of the success he earned in his short life, Curtis was always reaching to do more, professionally and personally.  He had a passion for working with numbers and was continuing his education to meet the AICPA requirements so he could sit for the Certified Public Accountant exam.  He had a zeal for travel and visited many foreign countries including his birthplace Liberia, Holland, England and Uruguay.  In July 2012, he visited Brazil and fell so in love with the country that he began learning the Portuguese language in the hopes of eventually moving there and continuing his career in Rio De Janeiro.  Curtis also dreamed of starting a charity to combine two of his passions:  basketball and working with kids.  He envisioned opening a facility that could positively impact the lives of boys and girls through the discipline and team work of his favorite sport. 

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on July 17, 2013

Posted on July 17, 2013

Please note that a donation in the amount of $1,000 has been RETURNED. Unfortunately the balance that appears on the site can NOT be adjusted, therefore it will remain to show $1,000 more than actually received. Please continue to show your support with your donations, comments, and favorite stories about Curtis.

Posted on July 12, 2013

Posted on July 12, 2013

The reception (Repass) will be held at the Holiday Inn, 1655 N. Central Expressway, Richardson Texas at 2:15pm. 

The family has asked that everyone wear WHITE (tops, shirts, dresses, etc.) at the Wake in honor of Curtis' memory

Posted on July 12, 2013

Posted on July 12, 2013

Services for Curtis' Wake (Vigil) is on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 8:00 pm at Gateway Community Church 2201 Country Club Road, Wylie TX 75098.
Funeral Service will be Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 11:00am at Arapaho United Methodist Church 1400 W. Arapaho Road, Richardson TX 75080.

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