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Well Known Resident of County Dies Monday Morning A

t 11:20 o'clock Monday morning, Albert A. Curry passed away at Passavant hospital in Jacksonville where he had been a patient for several weeks. Mr. Curry had not been in good healthy for some time. The manner in which he and Mrs. Curry were obliged to abandon their intended foreign tour is well known.

He was born on September 4, 1861 in Elizabeth, Ind., his parents being Isaiah and Sarah Duggins Curry. The decedent never knew the blessing of a father's care as his parent heard the call of his country and enlisted in the Union army and died a prisoner in the Libby prison.

In 1872 the elder brother, Edward decided to try his fortune in this vicinity and coming to Morgan county secured employment on the farm of the late James T. Holmes of near Orleans. Two years later the younger brother decided to follow. He had to walk twenty miles to get to a railroad train and landed here with but 25 cents in his pocket.

The youngest man was possessed of natural born business ability and early in life struck out for himself doing a great deal of trading. When twenty-five years of age he acquired a farm of eighty acres and not long after added to his possessions, another.

He kept on from year to year and finally was possessor of the Samuel Rannells farm at Pisgah station and made it his home. He also had extensive holdings in Greene county and some in other states. He took much interest in livestock and many hundred animals, both cattle and hogs, he fattened for market.

In later years he took his son, Albert into partnership and the firm of Curry & Son has a high standing in financial circles. In banking and various other lines he has also manifested great ability.

Early in life Mr. Curry embraced the Christian religion and at once took an unusual interest in church affairs. He took an especially active interest in the Union Baptist church near Pisgah, serving as deacon, trustee and for thirty years was superintendent of the Sunday school.

For one year he was moderator of the State Baptist convention. He was moderator of the Morgan-Scott County Baptist association since two years after its organization. He was trustee of the Huddleston Baptist Orphanage at Irving, Ill., for a long period of years.

He was generous to the public with his time and unusual talent as head of Oak Lawn Sanitarium, Passavant hospital board of trustees and various positions of importance and usefulness.

For years he was president of the board of trustees of Shurtleff College, chosen at a time when the assets of the institution were at a low ebb. The college owned property in St. Louis and elsewhere and thru his good management and liberal contributions he very materially assisted the institution.

On November 16, 1892, Mr. Curry was married to Mrs. Minnie Wood Wallbaum, who with one son, Albert and two grandchildren survive. The decedent and his wife ever maintained a home noted for hospitality, where neighbors were welcome and where many gathered at various times for pleasure and were never disappointed. - Jacksonville Journal.

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday afternoon at the residence at Pisgah, and were largely attended. Besides the many friends, neighbors and business associates who attended the funeral, President C. W. Potter and the board of trustees of Shurtleff College and several members of the Illinois Baptist Association were present.

The services were in charge of Rev. W. R. Johnson of Jacksonville, who took for his text, "and he was a good man, full of Holy Spirit and faith and much people were added to the Lord." Dr. F. J. McKinney, pastor of the Cherry St. Baptist church of Alton, read the scripture at the service and N. L. Hilton, superintendent of the Southern Division of the Illinois Baptist Association offered prayer.

Music was furnished by a quartet composed of Mrs. W. A. Barrow, Mrs. J. H. Shutt, W. R. Turnbull and Homer Wood, with Miss Stella Rodgers as accompanist. Mr. Wood sang "My Faith In Thee" and Mrs. F. Wallbaum sang, "In The Garden."

Following the services at the home the funeral cortege moved to the Baptist Church in Pisgah where brief services were conducted. Rev. Mr. Johnson spoke briefly and the brother of the decedent, Rev. J. E. Curry offered prayer.

The body was then removed to the Union cemetery with the bearers being C. W. Witham, Lloyd Cox, Arthur Swain, F. E. Ferrell, Ed Barrow, Clark Wallbaum, J. L. Owen and Grif Rogers.

The honorary bearers were Henry Mosely, H. J. Rodgers, A. C. Moffet, S. O. Cromwell, W. G. Goebel, Joshua Hubbs, J. J. Reeve and G. H. Kopperl.


Waverly Journal, October 10, 1930


This community was shocked Tuesday evening when word came from Winchester of the sudden death of Rev. J. E. Curry who was in that city attending the annual meeting of the Morgan and Scott County Baptist association. Death was due to a heart attack, Mr. Curry being stricken as he concluded taking part in a discussion before the association and died shortly afterward without regaining consciousness. Mr. Curry was apparently in the best of health, but his sudden death was not altogether a surprise as he had suffered a previous heart attack last February.

To those who knew Mr. Curry the thought comes that his departure is such as he would have had it, being called while actively engaged in the work of the church to which he had ministered for many years. The question under discussion upon which he was speaking just before being stricken was that of the problems of the association and the church, and the last words he spoke were: "If we but put the Holy Spirit on the throne and let Him do His office work in the heart it will solve all our problems." Several from Waverly were present and hurried to Mr. Curry when he was stricken, Mrs. W. A. Barrow, secretary of the association, being the first to reach him.

Mr. Curry was born April 19, 1860, at Elizabeth, Indiana, being 70 years, 5 months and 18 days of age at the time of his death. He was the son of Isaiah and Sarah Duggins Curry. At the age of 14 he came to Illinois and worked on a farm near Orleans for J. T. Holmes for about 12 years when he entered Shurtleff College for seven years, graduating in 1893.

While attending Shurtleff College Mr. Curry preached at churches in the neighborhood of Alton, and after graduating entered the ministry. He was in evangelistic work a large portion of the time, but also held pastorates of a number of central Illinois churches.

On October 6, 1897 Mr. Curry was married to Miss Cora Camm and for several years they made their home in the Sulphur Springs neighborhood when they moved to near Pisgah where they resided until 1916, Mr. Curry farming and doing evangelistic work.

Three children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Curry, Edgar, who died in 1912 at the age of 14; Mabel (Mrs. Robert Garman), of Jacksonville; and Paul, at home.

Mr. Curry will be greatly missed in the homes of this community during the times of sickness and death for this was one phase of his ministerial life that endeared him to the people. Only last Saturday he was assisted at the funeral services for A. W. Reagel.

Mr. Curry left immediately after Mr. Reagel's funeral for Bloomfield church near Winchester where he preached that night, Sunday morning and Sunday night. On Monday night he preached at Sand Ridge, going to Winchester Tuesday to attend the Association meeting.

Mr. Curry is survived by his wife; daughter, Mrs. Robert Garman, of Jacksonville; son Paul, at home; sister, Mrs. Finetta Weiss, of Ontario, Calif.; five grandchildren; and nephew, Albert E. Curry of Jacksonville.

The body is now in a Jacksonville funeral home but will be brought to Waverly tomorrow. Funeral services will be held at the Baptist church in this city at 1:30 Sunday afternoon. Rev. W. R. Johnson, of Jacksonville, Moderator of the Morgan and Scott Baptist Association, will be the officiating minister, assisted by the pastor Rev. E. C. Anderson. Burial will be at Union cemetery near Pisgah. The funeral was delayed until Sunday pending the arrival of his sister, Mrs. Weiss, from California. Mrs. Weiss is expected to arrive tomorrow.

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