Charles Maron “Hot Shot” Curry, 67, of Pontotoc, died Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, in Fulton.

He was born June 5, 1946, in Tupelo to George M. Curry and Beatrice Duke Curry. He grew up in the Palmetto community and was a lifelong resident of Lee and Pontotoc Counties. He graduated from Shannon High School in 1964, where he excelled in football, basketball and all sports. His employment career started with Penn Tire until it closed. Later, he joined the Pipefitters Union, working first for Grinell as a pipefitter. He stayed with the Pipefitters Union in various capacities until his retirement at age 55. He enjoyed drag racing, car shows, riding motorcycles including being a “wheelie” king, traveling, hunting and story-telling. He won numerous trophies including the 2005 Pro Points Champion at both Fulton and Byhalia Dragways. He was a member of the Possum Trot Cruisers. Living his retirement to the fullest, he loved life, loved his only daughter and granddaughter, his son-in-law, and his wide range of friends. He was a member of Palmetto Baptist Church. He was one of the modern South’s genuine characters.

A celebration of life service was held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, in Tupelo chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Steve Holland, Kenny Hankins and Mitchell Scruggs speaking, including a time for reflection from his friends. Private burial was at Lee Memorial Park in Verona.

Survivors include his daughter, Nikki Curry Ray and her husband, Chris and granddaughter Kristin of Pontotoc; his daughter’s mother, Shirley Bigham of New Albany; one brother, George Wayne Curry of Horn Lake; three sisters, Mary Evelyn (Carl) Vinson of Palmetto, Ruth (Lamar) Grisham of Dumas and Patty (Kenny) Simmons of Amory; his special friend, Wanda Bowen of Fulton; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Alice Curry, in l972; and his mother and father.

Pallbearers were Chris Ray (son-in-law), Kenny Hankins, Fred Lee, Larry Crosby, Gary Stone and Ted Wood. Honorary pallbearers were the members of Local 669 Pipefitters Union.

Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

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