George Curry Jr. was known for many things by many people.

For some, he was a loving father and grandfather. For some, he was a caring friend and neighbor. For all, he was Oktibbeha County’s first elected Black supervisor who served as a mentor for future generations of African American politicians.

Last Thursday, August 5, Curry passed away at age 90.

He served District 5 for the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors for 28 years. During his years of service, he was paramount in making sure that roads in predominantly Black areas were paved to the point to where he would sometimes take out equipment himself to ensure it would be done.

Former State District 38 Representative Tyrone Ellis had the pleasure of working in the dairy business and being soybean farmers with Curry, and he thought the world of him for his passion and virtue of making Oktibbeha county what it is today.

For more on this story, check out the Friday, August 13 edition of SDN. 

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