Mary V. J. Curry

Mary V. J. Curry

HEATHSVILLE—Mary Virginia Jackson Curry, 90, of Heathsville died March 1, 2019, in Upper Marlboro, Md.

Mary was born on December 16, 1929, in Avalon, the first child of 12 to the late deacon Russell James Jackson Sr. and the late deaconess Gladys Payne Jackson. She received her primary and secondary education in the Northumberland County Public Schools. After graduating from Julius Rosenwald High School, Reedville, Mary moved to Baltimore, Md., and enrolled in Cortez Peters Business College where she earned an associate degree in secretarial science. She went on to further her education with courses at Virginia State College/University, Petersburg.

On November 26, 1949, she married Raymond Levi Curry, Jr. and was blessed with 69 years of marriage on November 26, 2018.

Mary, being raised in a Christian home, accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at a young age and was baptized at the historic Macedonia Baptist Church, Heathsville. As a youth, she attended Sunday School, sang in the youth choir and participated in the various youth activities at church.

As an adult, Mary’s profound legacy of commitment to the Macedonia Baptist Church ministry included her service as deaconess, church trustee for many years, simultaneously serving as financial secretary. She also served as a devoted member of the Missionary Society, church clerk, chairman of the hospitality and dining ministry, senior choir and member of the Golden Age Ministry.

Early in Mary’s professional career she served as a business education teacher at Julius Rosenwald High School and as an administrative assistant at Central High School, Heathsville. Subsequently, Mary was offered a position with the Federal Government Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS) in Heathsville. Mary assisted the farmers in Northumberland County to obtain the benefits of the USDA programs available to them. The farmers were thankful to have an advocate for them. Mary retired from the Federal Government with a combined 36 years of civil service employment which included the U.S. Department of Navy, Washington, D.C., and the United States Department of Agricultural ASCS, Heathsville.

In addition to her professional careers, Mary was an entrepreneur. She was co-owner/manager of the renowned Cur-Jac’s Restaurant in Heathsville. Her husband, Raymond, was the head chef and the icon for the business. The restaurant was a great success for 10 years until a tragic electrical fire destroyed the building.

Mary loved her community and served for several years with the Mid-County Rescue Squad Auxiliary and election officer for the Northumberland Electoral Board. She also served as the grant administrator of Gleamers and Blenders Food Bank Services for Northumberland County.

Survivors include her devoted and loving husband Raymond Levi Curry Jr.; faithful daughter, Wanda Renee Curry; two grandchildren, Asia McDonald and Angelo Welch; five great-grandchildren; three brothers, Rev. Lewis W. Jackson, Rev. Dr. Edison O. Jackson, deacon Shervell W. Jackson; three sisters, deacon Gladys Mozelle Fountain, Bertina Jackson Tyler and Dr. Barbara Jackson Davis.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, March 9, 2019, at Macedonia Baptist Church, Heathsville, Rev. Linwood T. Blizzard II, pastor, officiating. Viewing will be at 1 p.m. and celebration of life services at 2 p.m.