Curry J. Baker (83)

Grayville, Illinois
Birth: September 21, 1938
Death: June 9, 2022

Curry Jay Baker, 83, of Grayville, Illinois, died Thursday, June 9, 2022, at Deaconess Midtown Hospital in Evansville, Indiana. He was born September 21, 1938, in Fairfield, Illinois, the son of Jesse and Mary Lou (Curry) Baker. He was married to Judith (Everett) Baker in 1972, and she survives.

Curry was the band teacher for Grayville Schools for 30 years. He was an inspiration and encourager to his many students. He served in the Army Reserve. Later, he was a member of the 571st Air National Guard Concert and Jazz Bands. His participation in these bands took him to the D-Day plus 50, Venezuela, Alaska and Hawaii. On a local level, he played his tuba in the Cummins Municipal Band in Olney, Illinois, and the Wabash Brass Quintet.

He was a member of the Northside Missionary Baptist Church in Grayville where he served many years as a Deacon. He grew up in Wayne County, Illinois, and graduated from Fairfield High School. Curry worked for Birdwell Service Company before he finished college. He later obtained his Master’s Degree from Murray State University. He also worked for Wabash Valley Farm Service in the summers after he was hired as a Grayville teacher. Curry was also a locksmith.

In his earlier years, Curry enjoyed motorcycles, water skiing and snow skiing. After retiring, he spent many hours drinking coffee while discussing the events of the day at the local restaurants.

Survivors include wife Judy Baker of Grayville; daughters Lisa Lynn Carter of Acworth, Georgia, Angela Kay (Tim) Barden of Canton, Georgia; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to either Northside Missionary Baptist Church of Grayville or the Grayville Senior Citizens Center.

Visitation is 2-6 pm, Sunday, June 12, 2022, at Northside Missionary Baptist Church in Grayville. Funeral is 10 am, Monday, June 13, 2022, at Northside Missionary Baptist Church. Burial with military rites will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in Grayville.

Visitation: Northside Missionary Baptist Church, Grayville, Illinois - Sunday, June 12, 2022 - 2-6 pm
Service: Northside Missionary Baptist Church, Grayville, Illinois - Monday, June 13, 2022 - 10 am
Burial: Oak Grove Cemetery, Grayville, Illinois - with Military Rites
Memorials: Northside Missionary Baptist Church or Grayville Senior Citizens Center

4 thoughts on “Curry J. Baker”

  1. Mary Beth Taylor

    So many good memories of Mr. Baker. He was pretty fresh out of college when he became our band instructor. Going to contest with him was fun. Then as an adult always seeing him with a big smile and a hug. We attended his 80th birthday party & it was so good seeing him. He certainly will be missed. Such a good man. To Judy & his girls, so very sorry for your loss.
    Mary Beth Johnston Taylor

  2. Steve Reynolds

    Besides all the fond memories of being his student, I was always amazed over the many years how Mr. Baker would always remember me, no matter how old and gray I had become. And he was always quick to share a story from our time together. While he will be missed, he will never be forget.

  3. Patricia (Graham) Brown

    Curry was super great to work with! I know my daughter admired him immensely during the years she played in the band under his directorship. She loved the band trips to Six Flags. He was very kind, talented, and patient. The world was a better place because of our Curry Baker. I am so sorry to hear about his passing away. I will keep y’all in my thoughts and prayers

  4. Curry was one of the most sincere and humble people I have ever known. He was a wonderful musician and was the one person everyone knew or wanted to know wherever we went with the 571st Air Force Band. Curry, you will be sorely missed my friend!

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