James Burl Curry
James Burl Curry
James (JB) passed peacefully, November 5, 2020, with his wife Patty by his side, at their home in Liberty Hill, Texas.
James was born May 10, 1934 in Hillsboro, TX to Elmer R. and Alta L. Upchurch Curry. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Charles and his sons James R. Curry and Jason B. Curry.
James was raised in Hillsboro, attended Galveston Community College and Austin Community College. James worked hard his entire life. He tried many occupations in his younger years which include picking cotton, truck driving, dairy hand, arborist, oil field worker, ironworker, transit bus driver and resident milk man. He settled for a career as a longshoreman and worked in many ports along the Texas gulf coast including Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Beaumont, Houston and Galveston. He was a member of International Longshoremen’s Association Locals # 307 and #20 in Galveston for over 30 years as well as a member of the Ironworkers Local Union #135 of Galveston. Along the way JB owned and operated restaurants in both Galveston and Austin. He then moved to the Texas Hill Country where he ranched and farmed and operated a hay business.
James married Patricia (Patty) Eileen Ganey on November 24, 1984 on a sailing ketch in Galveston Bay. After a few years in Austin they found their ranch and moved to Liberty Hill in 1988.
James is survived by his devoted wife Patty, his son Gary R. Curry of Burnet, TX and daughter Casey C. Mraz, MD and her husband, John Mraz, of Midland, TX along with his three grandchildren Jameson Barrett Mraz, Lyla Jane Mraz and John Walker Mraz, born just two weeks preceding his grandfather’s parting.
He is also survived by his brother Donald R. Curry of Lewiston, Idaho and many in-laws, nieces and nephews and extended family members and friends who loved him dearly.
James’ family would like to extend a special thank you to family members who helped in his care and his caregivers from Kindred at Home and Heart to Heart Hospice. At his request, James’ body was donated to Texas A&M University College of Medicine to aid in medical education and research.
Arrangements were made by Callaway-Jones Funeral Home of College Station, TX.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Texas A&M University College of Medicine in College Station, TX.
Family and Friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life on Sunday, November 22, 2020, 2-4 pm at the Curry Ranch – 4850 Ranch Road 1869, Liberty Hill, TX 78642.