John James Curry

August 17, 2007 - September 18, 1937

08/17/2007 - 09/18/1937

Past Services

Sunday August 19, 2007
12:00 am - 12:00 am
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Newport News
12893 Jefferson Avenue
Newport News, VA 23608
757-874-4200 | Directions
Monday August 20, 2007
10:00 am
Fort Eustis Regimental Chapel
923 Lee Blvd
Newport News, VA 23604
Monday August 20, 2007
12:00 pm

NEWPORT NEWS – John James Curry, 69, passed away Aug. 14, 2007. He was born Sept. 18, 1937, in Chicago, Ill., to the late John and Marguerite Curry. He is a United States Army Lieutenant Colonel retiree of 21 years, and a Veteran of the Vietnam War. He also retired after 20 years at the Newport News Shipyard. Mr. Curry has been a longtime resident of Newport News and has written several historical books on the Denbigh area. A member of the Denbigh Lions Club, he was asked to be the honorary mayor of Denbigh Day 2007. He coached youth sports, was the curator at the Matthew Jones House, and was President of the Fort Eustis Historical Society. John Curry is survived by his wife of 41 years, Julie Curry; their children, Kim Keller and husband, David, of Yorktown, Julie Corriere and husband, John, of Newport News, John Curry and wife, Saprena, of Herndon, Miss., Chris Curry and wife, Nana, of Frankfurt, Germany, Jennifer Jackson and husband, Jason, of Newport News; and one brother, Richard Curry and wife, Bridget, of Chicago, Ill. He was the beloved grandfather of 15 grandchildren, John Moody, Carl Moody, Julianne Moody, Mikey Mcintyre, Sammy Mcintyre, Cassidy Corriere, Ian Corriere, Keegan Durnin, Kelby Durnin, Kennedy Curry, Killian Curry, Connor Curry, Taylor Jackson, Robert Jackson and Danny Jackson; also a host of nieces and nephews. A visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Denbigh Chapel. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the Fort Eustis Regimental Chapel with interment in the Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery, Suffolk. Please visit this memorial at

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George C Johnson
8 years ago

Are pryers are with your family at this time of loss.

john & katherine mannerino
8 years ago

Dear Dick, Our Deepest Sympathy on the heartfelt loss of your brother John. To Live in the Hearts of Those We Leave Behind Is Not To Die. j & k

Elizabeth, Ryan, Ivy, & Isaac
8 years ago

Dear Julie, Kim, Julie, Johnny, Chris, Jennifer –

John was an amazing man and his humor and love shine through in all of you. It was wonderful to have him in all of our lives, and we’ll miss him deeply. Our thoughts are with you.

With love and sympathy –

Susie Rushlau
8 years ago

I want to let the whole family know that although I’m 3,000 miles away, I am with them in spirit today. Love, Susie

Wanda Parrish
8 years ago

John Curry was a wonderful man and will missed by all. The hours of work he poured into Denbigh Youth Football meant a lot to many people. David and Todd loved him. He always knew how to make the kids smile while teaching them the tough lessons. The world would be a better place if today’s role models were half the man that John Curry was. God Bless the Curry family in this tough time.

Jerry and Mimi Umphlett
8 years ago

John will truly be missed by many. He inspired and was admired by the many youth he coached through the years. He was a great model of sportsmanship and was greatly appreciated by parents. I personally found him to be a man of great integrity and considered him a friend through youth sports. May God be with you all and give you great comfort during this trying time in your lives.

Remembering, Jerry and Mimi Umphlett

Darcy Terry
8 years ago

John’s passing hit me like a ton of bricks. I had not known him for very long but we had become fast friends. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of something he said or a joke he told or a lesson taught.

I have learned so much from Mr. Curry – he was my teacher and friend. I will miss him dearly.

Thank you big guy for everything you’ve done for the community and for your dedication to preserving our historic heritage. You were a true gentleman.

Michael J. Hebert
8 years ago

My condolences to all the Curry Family. John’s passing is a great loss not only to his family, but to the community he loved and served for so long.

Personally, I feel the loss of a great friend, history teacher, and wonderful dinner companion. I will greatly miss those evenings sharing good food, good wine, and good conversation.

My deepest sympathy goes to Julie. I can only imagine the pain of losing one’s spouse, and life partner. Julie, know Mary and I will always be there for you.

8 years ago


I send my prayers to you at this trying time and I hope that all the memories you have will keep your brother close to your heart….

Love Smurf

Todd Parrish
8 years ago

The impact that Mr. Curry had upon myself and many young men in the Denbigh community was profound. I will never forget the positive influence he had on my life. Some coaches specialized in certain sports skills, Mr. Curry concentrated on making us better men. Althogh he is gone his influence lives in all of us. I will miss him dearly.

David G. Umphlett
8 years ago

We will Miss John. He will never be forgotten. Instrumental in producing many unparralled youth sport associations and more importantly he was more concerned about the players character on and off the fields. The success of Big Red Football in the 1980’s will never be forgotten thanks to Coach Curry and others. May God bless your family at this time. So very sorry for your loss, John, Jr. Sincerely, David Class of 88″, Amber, Abigail, Adeline and Allison Umphlett.

Caty, Eddie, Michael, and Richard Hansen
8 years ago

We will miss Uncle John very much- what an amazing man! I’ll always remember his wonderful sense of humor and his heart that was larger than life. Eddie fondly remembers a fabulous steak dinner at Uncle John’s where he was renamed Rudy and we enjoyed the Sunday morning Notre Dame postgames we had during football season. There will be a great void in the Curry family. May the memories and stories live on! Our love and prayers are with you.

Darcy Terry
2 years ago

I still miss John Curry! His advice would be valuable to me now but I know I can just look back on his character and find the answer there.