84 year-old Joe Curry of Kilmarnock passed away last week. Curry became one of the area’s most influential humanitarians and community leaders, passed away last week.


Curry was the kind of man who quietly helped the poor and became a bridge across the divide of segregation. With one phone call to Curry would put the wheels in motion for emergency home repairs or a wheel chair ramp for the needy.


Former Virginia Governor Linwood Holton said of his friend: “I was very fond of him and admired his community spirit. He was a major influence in this community. He did more good than anyone I can imagine for anyone who was in need.”


A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 23, at the Lancaster Middle School Theater, 191 School Street, Kilmarnock, followed by a gathering at the Boys and Girls Club.