Dr. George F. Currie
Dr. George Franklin Currie, a longtime educator and administrator at Jackson State University, passed away August 18, 2014 at his home. Family Hour will be held Friday, August 22, 2014, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Westhaven Memorial Funeral Home. The Homegoing Service will be held Saturday, August 23, 2014, at 11:30 a.m. at Pearl Street A.M.E. Church in Jackson.
Dr. Currie was born August 1, 1921 in Newton, Mississippi and was raised in Laurel, Mississippi, where he graduated from Oak Park High School. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Army and served his country honorably during WWII, primarily in the European Zone. After serving his country, he attended Wilberforce University on the G.I. Bill, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. He continued his studies at the University of Illinois, earning the Master of Arts degree in Economics and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Economics.
He began his career at Jackson College (which later became Jackson State University), in 1952 and stayed until his retirement in 1986. During his tenure at the University, he served in numerous instructional and administrative positions, including Professor of Economics; Head, Department of Economics; Chairperson, Division of the Social Sciences; and Dean, School of Business and Economics.
Dr. Currie attended Farish St. Baptist Church Sunday School for many years and, in his later years, became a member of Pearl Street A.M.E. Church. He was also a lifetime member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity.
Dr. Currie was preceded in death by his parents, Mack and Mattie Currie; brother, L.V. Currie; and aunt, Mrs. Hattie Johnson, who raised him after his parents died. He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of 60 years, Alleane Monroe Currie; his children - Angelita Currie, Tanya Currie-Richards (Steve), Corwin Currie, Tara Currie Brown (Randy), and Annette Goodloe (Bertram); seven grandchildren - Christopher Allen, Gabrielle Jackson, Stephanie Richards, Erin Richards, Anna Goodloe, Bertram Goodloe, Jr., and Elijah Brown; four great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and close friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made payable to the Jackson State University Development Foundation, with the George F. & Alleane M. Currie Endowed Scholarship in the memo section of the check. Mail to: JSU Development Foundation, P.O. Box 17144, Jackson, MS 39217.
Westhaven Memorial Funeral Home
3580 Robinson Rd.
Jackson, MS 39209
Published in Clarion Ledger on Aug. 22, 2014