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Brown-Wynne Funeral Home

200 Southeast Maynard Road, Cary, NC

OBITUARY

Shirley Thomas "Tom" Currin

October 6, 1941May 19, 2020
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Dr. Shirley Thomas “Tom” Currin was born in Oxford, N.C. From Tom’s childhood days growing up on a tobacco farm, he loved adventure, taking care of animals, and telling a story that would captivate the listener. He graduated from Oxford High School and studied pre-veterinary medicine at N.C. State. Among the top three at State, he was selected to go to Oklahoma State University to study veterinary medicine. After graduating, he married Jean McCulley and they had two children, Alex Currin and Jennifer Currin-McCulloch. Tom served stateside in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. He then moved into small animal veterinary practice. He later moved to Cary and joined in practice with Dr. Dan Hudson at Mayfair Animal Hospital, one of the first animal hospitals in Cary. Over his years in practice in Cary, he met many animal lovers and their pets that he considered among his dear friends. Tom had many accolades in his career, one of which was the President of the North Carolina Veterinary Association. Tom met his long-time wife and companion, Judith Murphy Trogdon Currin and married in 1981. He became step dad to Murphy Ayala (Trogdon) and Curt Trogdon. Between Tom and Judy, they have eight grandchildren: Meredith Currin, Georgia Trogdon, Bryce Currin, Kathryn Ayala, Grayson Trogdon, Edith Ayala, Nicole McCulloch, and Lauren McCulloch. Tom loved being in the wilderness and took many infamous backpacking and camping trips with his family. There was never a trip without swearing, “What happens in the mountains stays in the mountains.” He also loved spending time in the yard growing veggies and landscaping. Tom volunteered with the Rotary Association and enjoyed mentoring elementary school students. He had a zest for life and throughout the past 11 years, he tried every cancer treatment offered to have more time with those he loved and to be a part of research studies so that others with cancer may benefit in the future. Tom is preceded in death by his parents, Bodie and Lodema Currin, and brothers Buck and Bill Currin, all of Oxford, N.C.

In lieu of customary remembrances, the family asks that you consider donating to Transitions LifeCare, Philanthropy Dept., 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607, transitionslifecare.org/donate. (copy and paste the URL into your address bar to go to the Transitions LifeCare page to donate or scroll down on this page under donations where there is a hyperlink you can click on to be redirected to that site)

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  • As funeral attendance is limited due to COVID-19 mandates, please join the family by live stream at https://www.facebook.com/BrownWynneCary/ on Friday, May 22, 2020 at 1:00pm for the memorial service.

Memories

Shirley Thomas "Tom" Currin

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Stephen Demastrie

May 24, 2020

Tom Currin was one of the kindest men I have ever known. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family. Rest In Peace my friend.

Linda Munn

May 24, 2020

Dr Currin was a distant relation through marriage. But I consider him partly responsible for my son’s fortunate life. He hired Jeffrey Munn at Mayfair while he was attending NCSU VETERINARY SCHOOL probably on recommendation or should I say suggestion from Aunt Lodema! As if that wasn’t enough of a blessing working for him and having such a role model to be guided by, my son met hi s wife who was also a vet student working at Mayfair, Kathy Halada Munn.
My sincere condolences to the family of such a wonderful person and the influence he had on Jeffrey’s life.✝️

Jeffrey Munn

May 23, 2020

My wife and I both worked for Dr. Currin at Mayfair Animal Hospital in Cary in the 1990s. We met each other there and both became veterinarians.
I grew up in Oxford and went to church with his Mom and Dad before being one of many students at NC State that he helped and wrote recommendations to start along the path of becoming a next generation of veterinarians.
His mentorship was instrumental in my career. Now, I am the senior doctor, practice owner, and I am mentoring the college students in the summer and helping them along the way to Vet School. You taught me more than medicine, Dr. Currin. A genuine love of pets and their people and teaching and mentoring is what I remember most. It is no wonder everyone from clients to staff and students of medicine like myself loved, respected and enjoyed our time with him so much.
Forever a special place in my heart and in our family.
--- Love, Jeffrey and Kathy Munn

Lisa Burton

May 22, 2020

Judy and Family:
Our thoughts and prayers are with you today. Uncle Tom will be missed dearly. I will always cherish the memories we had with him!

Love,
Terry & Lisa Currin Burton and Family

Louie and Geraldine Nicks

May 22, 2020

Judy and Family,
Please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss. It was truly a pleasure to have gotten to know Tom. We always enjoyed his stories and sense of humor. He was a loving father and granddad. Alex, April, Meredith and Bryce loved him very much. We will all miss him. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Sincerely,
Louie and Geraldine Nicks

Chris Burtner

May 21, 2020

I worked for Dr. Currin for 7 years and learned so much from him. I always admired his energy and dedication. He believed in himself and in all of us on his staff. We shared a love of animals and also a love of farms and gardening. I always enjoyed his stories of growing up on the farm in Oxford! We’ve lost a treasure.
Judy and family, may you have peace, love, and comfort during this time.

Lee Creech

May 21, 2020

Dr Currin was an inspiration to me and I still quote him to this day. He treated me as more than an employee—more like a friend. He was instrumental in helping me begin my path to becoming a Veterinarian. I will miss him very much. Prayers to Alex and the rest of the family. Lee Creech

Dana White

May 21, 2020

There is always something we remember about people that never fades away from memory. The picture that we envision of them. The picture on this memorial is exactly how I have seen Tom and will remember Tom. Always smiling that's Tom. Probably over the last few years smiling through the adversity and discomfort of health issues but smiling nonetheless. If you are believer and I am then you will know that Tom is smiling today and will be for eternity. A prayer of comfort for Judy who will continue life here without Tom for the time being but will see him again that is God's promise. Also a prayer of comfort for the family as well as the cope with the loss of a loved one. I will close that maybe we should consider today a celebration for Tom. A full wonderful life filled with family, memories, leaving the earth better than he found it, and finally the most important LOVE.

Ann White

May 21, 2020

Judy & Family - You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this time of profound loss. Take good care. Love, Ann & Rick White

Bill Cheatham

May 20, 2020

My brother, John Cheatham was a good friend of “Shirley” when in high school and at NC State. Though they lost touch, I remember “Shirley” as a very nice guy, and I want you to know that.

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