Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - firstname.lastname@example.org
CLARKSDALE– Coahoma Community College will forever remember Christine Curry of Clarksdale, MS, as the epitome of “taking care of business.”
Curry’s long-standing career at CCC began in 1952 as one of the institution’s first business instructors.
Later serving as chair, she has been credited for playing an instrumental role in the development of a “first-class” Business Education Department at the then Coahoma Junior College,
In fact, many of the department’s subsequent instructors and chairs were groomed under the well-respected program she led until her retirement in 1985.
Although assigned to the business department, Curry willingly offered her time and talents to improve and strengthen the entire institution, which first opened its doors in 1949.
“Coahoma Community College began and has evolved into a comprehensive community college because of the service, sacrifice and stability given by people such as Mrs. Curry,” said CCC President Dr. Valmadge Towner.
Curry passed away Friday, Jan. 27, in Clarksdale.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at Liberty Missionary Baptist Church of Lyon, MS.
Pastor Dr. Marvin K. Myles of Kosciusko, MS, one of Curry’s former business students, will officiate.
Curry was 94-years-old.
Without reservation, Patricia Burt Brown of Clarksdale, Curry’s former student and colleague, names Curry as the best business instructor in the world.
“She was very personable and friendly, but she also meant business—she said what she meant, and she meant what she said,” Brown said.
While continuing her education at Alcorn State University, Brown recalled an incident where she wrote Curry to ask for some assistance. Curry responded to the request immediately.
“She did whatever she could to help her students,” she said.
Brown, who would go on to serve 28 years at CCC as a Business Instructor, Dean of Business and Commerce and as Vice President for Instruction and Communication Services, credits Curry for her success.
“She influenced me in many ways—from wearing the proper attire to the appropriate way to answer the telephone. She really stressed that whether you are a secretary or an instructor, you’re representing that business or institution and should do so with pride,” Brown said.
“She was straightforward; I liked that most about her. She was just a lovely person and was helpful not only to her students, but to everyone she came into contact with.”
In addition to her service at CCC, Curry also played an active role in the community.
For more than 50 years, she was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and served as a charter member of Clarksdale’s Iota Delta Omega chapter.
“She was a sweet spirit. …She was a ‘golden soror’ and very active in our chapter,” said fellow member Rita Hanfor of CCC’s Office of Alumni Affairs. “She’ll be truly missed, especially by her many former business students.”
In 1985, Curry Hall, which continues to house CCC’s Business/Computer Information Service (CIS) Department today, was renamed in Curry’s honor.
CCC Business/CIS Chair Deborah Carter said it’s a privilege to continue Curry’s legacy.
“She provided students in the Mississippi Delta, many who couldn’t afford to go off to other schools, the opportunity to receive top-of-the-line business training,” said Carter. ”Her students are respected all over the world.”
And while she may no longer be here physically, Towner said Curry will forever be remembered for embodying the “spirit of Coahoma.”
“Along with countless former students and colleagues, we are grateful to Mrs. Curry and her family for providing Coahoma with a sound foundation, he said. “May her legacy, academic building and inspiration continue to live on.”