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Curtis Clinton Perry Obituary


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“You have our most sincere sympathy on the loss of your father. Love Nakia Daniels Kenneth Brooks(nephew of Lovie Bland Perry) ”
1 of 2 | Posted by: Nakia Daniels - Fairveiw Heights, IL

“Grandpa we all love and will miss you rest in peace. Caring thoughts and Prayers to the Family. ”
2 of 2 | Posted by: Jeannie Davis - Columbus, OH


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Curtis C. Perry, son of the late Bob and Lucy Perry was born in Quitman, Mississippi on February 17, 1921. He was a life-long member of Stewart Memorial CME church. He met and married Lovie Bland in 1941. They were married for 61 years until her passing in October 2000. Together they had seven children, four sons and three daughters. Sara Davis (Paul) , Barbara Baines, Curtis Marvin Perry Sr. (deceased), Jimmy Perry, Donnie Perry, Vonda Williams (Dan) and Timothy Perry. They also have 14 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great grandchildren.

Curtis served in the Navy for two years as a shore patrol officer. He was based in Brooklyn, NY. He moved to Pittsburg in 1946. He worked and retired from US Steel. He followed his passion, became an entrepreneur and owned several different businesses over the years. He built Perry's BBQ, now known as Ben's Burgers in 1973. He was the first African American to own and operate two full-service gas stations in Pittsburg.

He loved his family and enjoyed his friends. Some of his favorite things to do were fishing, camping, playing the guitar and listening to the Blues. He was a member of the Stewart Memorial Men's Choir and a life- long member of the NAACP.

Curtis leaves behind a host of family, friends and a special friend Ms. Winefred Lindsey.