James M. Curry Sr.

March 31, 1928October 11, 2012

James M. Curry, Sr., 84, of Liberty, died Thursday, October 11, 2012 at Sycamore Springs Nursing Home, Liberty, where he had been a residence for several months.

Jim was born in Franklin, March 31, 1928 to Arthur and Jenny “Lois” Watkins Curry. He was a 1947 graduate of Union High School in College Corner where he was a member of the varsity basketball team all four years and played baseball and softball. On September 4, 1948, Jim was married in Greensburg by his grandfather, Rev. Wilbur Watkins, to the former Lorraine Elizabeth Unger. Jim owned and operated a hog farm in Union County where he helped develop a pathogen free swine program. In 1975, he founded a successful pet food company, King of Sports Dog Food, the preferred dog food of Beauregard of Hee Haw fame. He enjoyed bluegrass music and had lots of pets, including raccoons, ducks and dogs. Every spring since 1970, Jim went mushrooming in Gaylord, Michigan. Jim’s love of basketball continued throughout his life, especially as a fan of Larry Bird. For five years, he coached Union County Little League and Babe Ruth baseball. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Richmond and was known for his good sense of humor and bright smile.

Jim is survived by his children and their spouses: Bill Curry, David Curry and Carla, Jimmy Curry and Becky, all of Liberty; Vickie Cox and David of Connersville, Lois Ann Baumer and Lou of Fountain City; his brothers: Wilbur Curry of West College Corner, Larry Curry and his wife, Dorothy of Connersville; his sister: Helen Greeson and her husband, Tom of Williamsburg; ten grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and his special friend, Wanda Logan of Richmond.

In addition to his parents, Jim is preceded in death by his wife of over 53 years who died February 21, 2001; an infant sister: Laura Faye Curry; his brother: Nelson Curry; and two sons-in-law: Rick Widau and Dan Poe.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Showalter Blackwell Long Funeral Home, Fosdick Chapel, Liberty with Pastor David Fields of the Mt. Pleasant Community Church officiating. Interment will follow in New Fairfield Cemetery, Sims Sections in Franklin County. Friends may visit at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday where memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Richmond or the Union County Cancer Society. For additional information or to send condolences or memories, please visit



  • Visitation Tuesday, October 16, 2012
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, October 17, 2012


  • Interment

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Karen Faverty

November 25, 2012

Vickie, your presence, your love, your hug and sharing your memories of my happy childhood home on November 23rd at my daddy's memorial meant more to me than you can know.In your grief, you came to comfort me! I am deeply grateful to you for that. I love you. Karen.

Becky Webb

November 3, 2012

I so enjoyed spending time with your dad when my mother was also in
Sycamore Springs. What a wonderful man he was. Im so sorry for your

Jeremy Mathews (Reid Hospital)

October 17, 2012

I really enjoyed meeting and working with Jim! I remember his stories and personality! God bless the family in this difficult time! Prayers!

Sharon Combs

October 17, 2012

Wanda and Carla- Thinking of you in this difficult time. So sorry for your loss.

Kevin & Jill Yaryan

October 16, 2012

Vickie and family,
We are so sorry about your loss. You and family continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. Kevin and Jill Yaryan

October 16, 2012

Vicky and family, sorry to learn of your father's passing.
Larry and Louanna Hilbert Booth

Rachel Marcum

October 15, 2012

I am so very sorry to hear of Jim's passing. My heartfelt sympathy to all of the family.
May God give you peace in your hearts and strength to your soul at this time of sorrow.

October 15, 2012

Our deepest sympathy to all.
Jeff & Sylvia Schibley

October 15, 2012

To all, Sorry I could not be with you at this time. Sorry for your loss and may the Lord be with each and everyone of you. God Bless! Karen & Leonard Beard

Candace Bowling

October 15, 2012

Vickie and Wanda - So sorry to hear about Jim's passing.
Thinking of you both and sending my hugs and prayers.