OKTIBBEHA COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) - Oktibbeha County lose a role model and a trailblazer for thousands on Thursday with the passing of George Curry Jr.
Curry grew up in Oktibbeha County on his family's farm.
He was a man of many talents, but his most attributed was his giving heart.
Tyrone Ellis was Curry's longtime friend, growing up together as neighbors.
“He was my confidant," said Ellis. "I could tell George anything.”
Along with being a farmer, Curry was a businessman and a community activist.
In 1979, he became the first African American supervisor to serve in Oktibbeha County.
He served District 5 for 28 years.
Ellis believes this made Curry a leader for the Black community.
He said he paved the way for those wanting to achieve the unachievable.
“It impacted the African American community from the standpoint of, we can do this," he said. "It impacted the white community from the standpoint of, why not do this. Let’s do it because it’s a good thing to do. It’s the right thing to do.”
Although Curry is no longer physically with us, his legacy will live on through his actions and dedications to Oktibbeha County.
“There’s not another George," explained his longtime friend. "He will be sorely missed in my life.”
George's body will be outside the Oktibbeha County Courthouse on Saturday from 10 AM to 11 AM for the public to pay their respects.
Immediately after, at 11 AM, Curry's memorial will be held in Unity Park.