Man was 'ultimate ambassador' for Colleyville

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Visitation: 5-7 p.m. today, Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home and Memorial Park, 5725 Colleyville Blvd.

Graveside: 10-11 a.m. Friday, Bluebonnet Hills

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Charlie Curry was "Mr. Colleyville," according to Pat Marshall, a former Colleyville Area Chamber of Commerce president.

"He was the heart of a massive network," she said. "A very intelligent, caring person."

Charles "Charlie" Cleveland Curry died of kidney failure Saturday at a hospital in Hurst. He was 93.

Mr. Curry and his wife, Eula Mae, moved from New Mexico to Colleyville in 1983 to be near their son, Grady Bryant, and his family. "We're originally from Carlsbad," Bryant said. "They came out here so they could be with us."

Within a year, the retired mining company controller became integral to the fledgling Colleyville chamber, Marshall said. Whether he was helping with its taxes or assisting people who came to the office with questions, he was an indispensable presence, Marshall said.

Mr. Curry helped the chamber with accounting and budgeting, calling on his decades of experience at Southwest Potash Mines and as a liaison between the New Mexico and New York offices of American Metal Climax, said Carolyn Sims, who succeeded Marshall as chamber president.

But he earned his nickname with his personality, memory and research prowess.

"He was connected with people," Sims said. "He either had the answers or helped me find the answers when I had questions about Colleyville. He was the ultimate ambassador for the city and the chamber and gave so much of his time that it was amazing."

He was named Citizen of the Year in 1997 and Volunteer of the Year in 2007. He remained active with the chamber and was a member of the board until 2009.

Mr. Curry was born June 17, 1919, in El Dorado, Ark., to Charlie and Ora Curry. Military documents indicate that Mr. Curry was a World War II veteran who served from Oct. 31, 1942, to Dec. 1, 1945, as a supply technician in the Army Air Forces.

Bryant said Mr. Curry was driven to serve.

"He didn't do anything but work all his life," he said. "He always wanted to volunteer and do things for people."

In addition to his wife and son, other survivors include a nephew and a brother-in-law.

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