Elderly Couple Leaves Legacy of Love

The family of an elderly couple killed in a house fire speaks up in celebration of the life and legacy the beloved couple left behind.

Lovingly referred to as "Baby and Rev.", Reverend Christopher Columbus Curry and his wife, Chestine Curry, touched hearts across Florida.

Their family is saddened by their death, but joyful when they look back at their full and charitable lives.

Beverly Curry Jones, the Curry's only child said, "My mother, anyone who came into Live Oak, she reached out to them. She fed them; she did anything she could for them. She was a mother to everybody. My father was the same way."

Reverend and Mrs. Curry's grandson began boarding up the home where the couple died Sunday morning, overcome by smoke, with security bars on the windows and doors, keeping them from escaping the flames that engulfed their home.

"My parents are gone and I hurt,” Beverly added. “But what they've instilled in me and instilled in the family is still here."

They were both retired Suwannee County school teachers. Reverend Curry served as vice president of the General Baptist Convention and was pastor of New Zion Baptist Church in Greenville, Florida for the past 35 years.

Elesta Pritchett, New Zion Baptist Church member said, "Our church family is going to be sad for a very long time, very long time. He was very pleasing; never, never caused any confusion. Then he had a beautiful wife to back him up."

Deacon Gary Glee at New Zion Baptist Church says, "Once you've seen one you've seen the other. They were always dressed alike. God saw fit to just take them both home at the same time. We're going to really miss them."

The Curry's, both in their 80s, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last June.


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