Richard Harold McCurry

April 30, 1921August 29, 2013

Richard Harold McCurry, 92, of Whitehouse Community, passed away on Thursday, August 29, 2013, at his home. Harold was born April 30, 1921, in Hendersonville to William Virgil and Montrey Constance McCurry and later resided in McDowell County. Upon leaving school, Harold set off on his life adventures across the United States and joined the US Army in Washington State. He bravely served his country for 21 years during WWII and Korea, impacting the lives of many along the way and received numerous military commendations. After retiring from the military, Harold pursued a career as a barber, then later as a Quality Control Manager at Collins & Aikman in Old Fort. During this time he also kept his farm, his garden, his herd of cattle, and focused on raising his children. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, wood working, and nature. Harold is preceded in death by his parents, many of his brothers and sisters; one daughter, Peggy Ann McCurry; and one son, Harold Dean McCurry Harold is survived by his wife of many years, Paula Ehrhardt McCurry, of the home; one sister, Faye Perkins of Bandera, Texas; his children, Harold Richard McCurry, Gerlinde McCurry, Libby Bloomfield and her husband, Rick, Virgil Paul McCurry and his wife, Pamela, Charles Ray McCurry, and Angela Milliken and her husband, Frankie; as well as many grandchildren and great- grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Hospice of Rutherford & McDowell Counties for their kindness and care throughout his battle with Parkinson’s. The family will receive friends at Kirksey funeral home on Saturday, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. A graveside service will be held at Montford Cove Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday, September 1st, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. with the Reverend Chris Osborne and Reverend Cy Miller officiating. Memorials Contributions may be made to Hospice of Rutherford County, PO Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043.

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  • Visitation Saturday, August 31, 2013
  • Graveside Service Sunday, September 1, 2013

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Brigitte Löchner

October 1, 2013

As friends of Richard's wife, Paula, we want to express our intense thoughts of good memories.
What a long life, what a dangerous life as a soldier... he survived and could enjoy a wonderful and big family.

Claudia Erkert

September 3, 2013

I admired his knowledge and craftsmanship in so many things.
My thoughts are with the family.

Paula Langford

September 3, 2013

I love you Grandpa!

Reggie & Shirley Killough

September 2, 2013

Wanted all of the family to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. It has been a joy to know all of you over the years, and we know your loss is great. Harold will be sorely missed! God bless all of you!

Jim and Anita Wages

September 2, 2013

In memory of our cousin Harold. Our sympathy to the family.
Jim and Anita Wages

Freddie Killough

August 31, 2013

The Marion Tailgate Market will miss Mr McCurry. He was such a delight every week at the Market. He will be greatly missed.
Freddie Killough

August 31, 2013

It was an honor to have Harold McCurry for a friend. His tales of everyday life and of yesteryear on the porch of the White House were the highlight of any weekend that they came to visit. We miss him and cherish the memories of our times together.

The Hillman family

dave & mona rollison

August 31, 2013

Our hearts greive with you. Our prayers are for your strength and comfort at this time of your loss.
Dave and Mona

Jan Ramsey

August 31, 2013

Mrs. McCurry,Libby,and family;

Don and I are so sorry to hear of Mr. McCurry's passing. Your family took such good care of him. May he rest in peace and may all of you feel the love and comfort of our God and Father in heaven.