William B. Curran

December 5, 1941March 31, 2014

William (Bill) Barger Curran passed away at the age of 72 on Monday, March 31, 2014, at Emeritus Senior Living in Greenville, South Carolina surrounded by all four of his children. He died of complications from Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, an aggressive form of Parkinson ’s disease, which he bravely fought for four years.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Greensboro, NC, with a reception to follow. An internment will take place later that afternoon at Westminster Gardens.

Bill was born on December 5, 1941, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the eldest son of the late Daniel C. Curran, Sr. and the late Lois B. Curran. He grew up in Greensboro, North Carolina and graduated from Guilford College in 1963 where he was a member of the Guilford basketball team.

After graduation, Bill joined the Office Products Division of IBM as a salesman. In 1967, he was named IBM’s national salesman of the year. Building on his sales success, Bill moved to Atlanta, GA in 1969 to form his own company, Curran Associates, Inc., as a manufacturers representative to the design trade. He traveled many miles in his gray Volkswagon station wagon, which often served as his night’s lodging, representing multiple design manufacturer lines, including Wildwood Lamps, Basic Furniture Styles (the upholstered furniture company his father started), and Lee Jofa Fabrics. In just one year, he grew the company and moved from a single, small room showroom on Pharr Road in Buckhead to the prominent front entrance location of ADAC, Atlanta Decorative Arts Center. The company, which became Curran Designer Fabrics and Furniture, experienced great success, and Bill, taking a big risk at the time, made a move to Miami Circle, becoming the first established business in what is now considered one of the premier design districts of Atlanta.

Bill was an active member of Rotary International and dedicated his life to generously providing for family, friends, and those in need.

Bill is survived by his four children: Kelly C. Johnson and husband, Eric, of Atlanta, GA; Dr. William “Bill” Curran and wife, Michelle, of Simpsonville, SC; Dr. Susan C. Satterfield and husband, Dr. Bryan, of Greenville, SC; and Heather A. Curran of Denver, Colorado. He is also survived by five grandchildren: Caleb and Luke Johnson, Sylvie and Maeve Satterfield, and William Curran; sister, Lois Curran Powers, of High Point, NC; brother, Daniel “Dan” C. Curran, of Greensboro, NC; and brother Richard “Dick” James Curran of Shrewsbury, PA.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CurePSP, the Foundation for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy: The family would like to thank the entire staff at Emeritus Senior Living at Greenville for their excellent care and compassion. We love you, Dad.

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Ben & Trudy Hardesty

March 8, 2015

We knew Bill when we leased space in Miami Circle, Atlanta. He was a born salesman and a gentleman

Julie Denis

February 3, 2015

I just found this. Bill was one in a million. He did for others. He was one of the best. He was there when u needed him.

Warren Hatfield

April 7, 2014

Bill Bright and I were proud to represent our old friendship with a great family. Bill Curran and I had a 67 year friendship and shared many memories as our families went through all the stages of life. His wit and insight were a Joy every time we talked. We were classmates at three different schools and our children shared Holiday celebrations in Atlanta. My dad helped him get a Job after college, and he offered me one when I was downsized at Sears. He and I were both lifelong salesmen and shared a bond because of that. We rode motorcycles together, and always enjoyed a love for Life. He created the group that shared Burgers together and we missed his participation, when mobility became so difficult. We were happy that he could get such good care and be near his family in Greenville, even though we lost that weekly contact. Peace has come for the Big Man, and we remember him well.

April 5, 2014

We love you all and you are in our thoughts today. Your father was such a wonderful man Susan. Prayers to your family. Love, Scott and Lauren McClary

Robert Caldwell

April 5, 2014

Biggie as I called him growing up on Hill St. (Billy was always bigger than the rest of us) was always fun to be with a good person to grow up with! I recall many times when his Dad took us to the High Point pool to swim or going to the baseball stadium and Latham park, etc. And there were games we all played like "Kick the can; Cowboys; and baseball &football in the street and many more". I was honored to be in his wedding and felt lucky when he would come by to visit when he was back in Greensboro. His smile and personality will make Heaven more fun even as he is missed on earth.
Robert Caldwell, Greensboro

Rick Barger

April 5, 2014

Prayers for good blessings today as you celebrate Bill's life. He was a mentor when I was growing up and always a very proud family person.

Blessings and all that is good,
Rick Barger

Allison Howroyd Klusmann

April 4, 2014

Curran Family, there are no words great enough to express how I feel about your dad. He was an incredibly special person. I am deeply saddened by his passing, and for the heartache you are all feeling. Love you.

Felicia Oglesby

April 4, 2014

Kelly, Bill, Susan and Heather - so very sad to hear of your dad's sickness and passing. I know it must have been very difficult for all of you to see him slip away since he was always such a large presence. Sending prayers and love - Felicia Cabrelli Oglesby


April 4, 2014

I always enjoyed Bill's wonderful smile and welcoming nature at the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs meetings as well as the "socials" he hosted at Currin Fabrics - we have truly missed him. A GREAT Rotarian friend.

Robin Lawrimore Lewis

April 4, 2014

Uncle Bill was always a bit of a mystery to me, one I enjoyed watching to catch his whole face smiling. I am glad I got to see him at Billy's wedding, and will always remember childhood days at their home in Atlanta. His peaceful presence meant a lot to me.

I think my favorite memory is how he "survived" our family reunions there with a full glass of wine! He was the tallest person I had ever seen and I loved watching him walk through doorways. I love you, Uncle Bill, and will see you again one day. Love & prayers to all my sweet cousins. May God bless you with comfort and peace. ~Robin