Clean and Beautiful Commission honors memory of fallen worker

Honoring the memory of a man who died on the job in April, members of the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Clean and Beautiful Commission gathered on the median on West Harding Avenue Thursday to plant and tree and flowers for the late Sylvester Curl.

Curl, 78, had a massive heart attack and died April 30 while working at the same location, and was a member of the Clean and Beautiful landscaping crew for a number of years.

“He died doing what he loved,” said Kelli Kennedy, director of the Clean and Beautiful Commission. “He was soft-spoken but I knew if I told him what to do, it was going to get done and done right.”

Kennedy and commission members Lydia Pinker and David Trulock planted a crepe myrtle tree and 13 rose bushes Thursday, and Kennedy said the commission also plans to place a plaque at the site in memory of Curl.

“He loved roses and his wife asked us to plant some for him,” Kennedy said. “He was a good man and had a passion for what he was doing.”