Jerry Thomas Curry of Joliet, Illinois went to be with the Lord on Thursday, April 1, 2021 at the age of 70 years old. After a year of fighting pancreatic cancer, he transitioned within his home surrounded by his beloved wife and family.
Jerry was born on June 28, 1950 in Jackson Tennessee to the late David Curry and Agnes Hoyle. As a boy his mother moved around a lot, living in Tennessee, California, and Illinois where his family finally relocated and settled. He attended Joliet Public Schools. It was during his time as a student at Joliet Central High School that he met and later married his first wife, Judith Curry, and to this union four beautiful children were born. Jerry was introduced to his second wife, Donna Curry, by his youngest daughter and they joined hands in marriage on February 16, 2008.
Jerry accepted Christ at an early age. Though the true testament to his faith was in his decision to rededicate his life to Christ at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church. There, Jerry was baptized and remained a devoted member, deacon, mentor, and father-figure to many until his death. Undoubtedly, he epitomized what it meant to be a Man of God, and lived every moment with a spirit of humility, fidelity, and respectability.
Jerry was well respected for his intelligence and natural aptitude. He was, without a doubt, a jack of all trades. In his early years, he was a skilled carpenter and in his spare time mastered the art of playing pool and chess. Later on in life, while raising his children, he worked as a coal handler at ComEd and retired from the State of Illinois as a Behavior Health Specialist.
Jerry always nurtured and preached the value of family. He doted over his children and grandchildren, and was especially fond of the women he claimed to be the most important in his life: his mother, wife, sisters, and daughters. He supported his children and grandchildren in whatever way he could and always encouraged them to become the best versions of themselves.
Jerry thoroughly enjoyed spending time with his family, listening to jazz music, discussing politics, and cruising the town in his car. His wit and sense of humor were contagious, and his humble spirit will forever be remembered.
Jerry, we celebrate your homegoing today and everyday moving forward. Your legacy speaks loudly, boldly, and fervently for you. Servant of God, well done!
Jerry is preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Judith L. Curry; one daughter, Traci Mckenzie; one sister, Lillie Ruth Gregory; and one grandson, Dedrick Hayes.
Jerry leaves to cherish his memory: his wife Donna Lynn Curry; his siblings, Betty (Freddy) Clark, Sharon McCann, both of Joliet, IL, Jeanette Curry of Nashville, TN, and David Curry of Jackson, TN; his children; Kelly Curry, Jeremy (Sue) Curry, both of Joliet, IL and Jacent Curry of Rock Island, IL; two stepchildren, Cierra Suell and Christopher (Maggie) Suell of Iowa; and sixteen grandchildren, Kendon, Brooklynn (Isiah), Ravyne (Gerorge), Joche, Steve (A’neitra), Dedrick, Jazma, Dominique, Chelsea, Nisiah, Makayla, Noah, Josiah, Dystanie, King, Arias; eleven great grandchildren; Two special Aunts; Deloris & Celestine; two special Uncles, Billy and Will. Numerous cousins, and a host of family and friends.
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