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Emmett Charles Curry

September 17, 1932 ~ April 30, 2020 (age 87)


Emmett Charles Curry, of Providence, RI, died at home on April 30, 2020 at the age of 87.

Emmett was born on September 17, 1932 in Shelby, North Carolina. His parents, David Corry and Genevar (Camp) Corry, moved Emmett and his siblings to Providence, RI when he was 10 years old.

In 1950, he joined the armed forces and was assigned to the U.S Army base camp in Fort Devens, MA.  After basic training, he was deployed to Korea to fight in the conflict and served as an MP until being honorably discharged in 1953. He was decorated with the United Nations Service Medal, Korean Service Medal w/ 1 Bronze Service Star and a Good Conduct Medal. He also briefly served in the US Air Force as an Airman 3rd Class and was honorably discharged in 1959.

In 1960, Emmett married Peggy S. Brown and the couple had seven children. To support his family he worked as a Chemical Worker at the former Ciba-Geigy, Cranston RI for 25 years taking an early retirement in the mid 1980’s. He subsequently landed at Hoechst-Celanese in a similar role for roughly 10 years.  In his spare time, he enjoyed bike riding, gardening, reading and watching Westerns, bowling, cooking, going to the movies and listening to blues/jazz/country music.  He was a hard worker and a man of few words, but he also liked to play practical jokes.  He was most pleased when creating contraptions and gadgets out of regular household items, like MacGyver, to save money or to make a process easier.

Emmett will be loved and missed by surviving wife, Peggy; children, Myra Bailer, Regina Curry-Peer, Robert Curry, Sherri Curry, Joseph Curry (daughter-in-law, Andre’a), Aleathea Stad (son-in-law, Bradford), David Curry and Keith Potter; his brother, Samuel Corry and half-sister Hazel Ramsdell.  He also leaves behind 11 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces.  He is predeceased by his father, David, mother, Genevar, brother, David Jr. and sister, Cora L. Brown.

At Emmett’s request and due to the COVID-19 virus restrictions on gatherings, no services will be held.  Burial will be private. A memorial (homegoing) service will be held at a future date. Flowers may be sent to c/o Peggy Curry, 72 Baxter Street, Providence, RI 02905 and condolences may be posted on  The family would like to thank the Continuum Care nurse and home aides, the Home Based Primary Care doctor and nurses, Home Care Services aides, and the VA Medical Center Rheumatology staff for their great support, care and dedication.


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May 8, 2020

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Bright Funeral Home
290 Public Street
Providence, RI 02905

May 8, 2020

12:00 PM
Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery
301 South County Trail
Exeter, RI 02822

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