Celebrating Lenwood’s Legacy
And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested. 1 Chronicles 4:10 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Life & Legacy of Lenwood Douglas Curry
Lenwood Douglas Curry Jr. departed this life at 12:06 a.m. on Thursday February 28, 2019. He was born on December 30, 1938 in Wilkinsburg, PA and also was raised and baptized in Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Wilkinsburg. His father was Lenwood Douglas Curry Sr. (d. July 19, 1954) and his mother was Mattie Marie Smith Curry (d. June 27, 2003). Lenwood Jr. was the first born of this loving union which begat six sons in a row and then four daughters. He has been fondly called Sonny for all of these years by this affectionately close family of origin.
Endearingly, his wife, Mary Elaine called him Len, when they met and were joined in Holy Matrimony by the Rev. Torrey, Pastor at Macedonia Baptist Church, Duquesne PA on July 1, 1967. For 52 years of committed, warm-hearted love in marriage, Len and Elaine were interconnected and interdependent one upon the other as they provided together a nurturing home for all those who were drawn and welcomed within. Len's last conversation was a laughing, fun-like joking with Elaine as she cared for him in terminal illness.
Len carried a life-long strong sense of responsibility and a stanch work ethic from a young age. He suffered the loss of his father in death at age 15 and immediately stepped-up to work at Palmers Restaurant in downtown Pittsburgh. In fact, it was at work for Gimbels Bros. Dept. Store that he met his beloved sweetheart, Mary Elaine, as a youthful young man of 24 years.
Before this time, at all of 17 years of age, Len entered the United States Air Force on January 30, 1956 for a six-year enlistment in service to his country; yet, also as a means of support for his mother and nine siblings, the youngest of whom, was barely one year old. He served one year overseas in Korea and was honorably discharged from active duty on February 23, 1960 to finishout the final two years of his enlistment in the Air Force Federal Reserve. Through completing his high-school education in the Air Force and fulfilling his technical training to serve as 25251 Weather Observer, Len rose in rank to Airman First Class with decorations and commendations.
In 1965, Len began his career work with labor unions as Union Steward and later as a Member of the Executive Board of Local 590, Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen's Union, while working as a Meat Cutter for Kroger Company until 1984. At which time, Len was then promoted to the staff of Local 23 (a derivative of Local 590) as Service Representative and Organizer. He was honored by the President of Local 23 at his retirement party in 1995.
One beloved grandchild, Brittany Nicole Cambric, as well as one precious great-grandbaby, Dawn Cheree Moss, precede Len in death. Beloved brothers; Donald, Roland and John Curry also precede Len in death.
Len leaves to mourn his passing; wife, Mary Elaine Curry; daughter, Sonya Brown Gregg and husband Christopher; son, Lloyd Anthony Brown Sr. and wife Joyce Reneé; Gregory Lenwood Curry and former wife Celethia Thomas; 12 grandchildren who are Shalonda Elaine Holloway, Joanna Lynn Mosely, Ira Cambric III, Alisha Hanner, Lloyd Anthony Brown Jr., Brandi Lynn Donlin, Brook Nicole Rawls, Jayla Cheree Moss, Trevon Coleman, George Coleman and Ciera Gené Curry; as well as 15 great-grandchildren. Len also leaves to mourn his passing; brothers, Eugene and Bruce O. Curry; sisters, Darlene Embry, Sandra Marie Mason, Diane Curry Randolph and Beverly Louise Diggs; 4 brothers-in-law, William Cauthen (Mary) of Georgia, Ronald Sibley (Debra), Luther Sibley Jr. and Gary L. Sibley all of Greensboro, NC; Cynthia Fuller; sisters-in- law, Diane Sibley, Felicia Jeffers (Larry), Shirrill McNeal (Joe), Emanuella Peace (Ernest), and Brenda K. Moore all of North Carolina; as well as a host of nieces and nephews and a growing family of great-nieces and great-nephews and a multitude of other family and friends. Among those in extended family who also looked upon Len as “PapPap” and “Dad” who mourn his passing are Lina, John, Pebbles, Puter, Dre, Bob, Tony Venni, James, Melanie and Danno.