The Life Profile of Elder Mae Francis Curry
Thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ ~ 1 Corinthians 15:57
Mae Frances Curry, daughter of the late James Benjamin, Sr, and the late Laura Mae Benjamin, was born January 19,1948, in Holly Hill, SC. She heard God whisper “Take My Hand”. She closed her eyes and went home to be with her Lord.
Mae received her education in the public schools of Orangeburg County. She was a 1966 graduate of Roberts High School in Holly, SC. In 1970, she obtained her B.A in English at Claflin University in Orangeburg, SC. She was a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
Mae moved to New Jersey in 1970, where she taught at St. John High School, Cameron, NJ (1970-1971). In 1972-1974 she attended Saint Peter’s College in Jersey City, New Jersey and received a certificate in Early Childhood. Mae taught at Ferris High School in Jersey City, NJ(1975-1985).
In 1985, she returned to Holly Hill, SC where she taught at Holly Hill-Roberts High School (1985-1990), St. James Middle School, Eutawville, SC (1990-1991) then transferred to Holly Hill- Middle School in (1991-1992). While teaching, she also obtained her Master of Arts in English at Claflin Universityin Orangeburg, SC. She was the owner of adaycare center, and Faith, Hope, and Charity Outreach Ministry Center. While in New Jersey; she was the President of Christian Youth Society, member of Youth Women’s Christian Council and Co-Chairperson of local Prison Outreach Ministry.
Mae Curry’s Christian pilgrimage began at an early age as a devoted member of Greater Target A.M.E Church, Holly Hill, SC. She accepted the Lord as her Saviorin her youth. She served under great leaders such as Bishop Barbara Johnny and Apostle Allen Simmons. Her recent affiliation was Word inLife Outreach Ministry in Summerville, SC under Apostle Dr. Robert A. Vandross.
She was devoted to God and his word; she exuded this in everything she did. She was always willing to give a helping hand, not just to her family and friends, but to everyone who was in need. If you knew Mae, she was a woman of prayer. She loved preaching and spreading the gospel everywhere. She loved talking about the Holy Ghost. Mae was a hardworking, caring, dedicated, and encouraging woman. Not only did she enjoyed serving the Lord, but also loved rendering service to others. She loved praying and reaching out to others so much; she became the Founder of Wailing Women Ministry.
On October 17, 1988, Mae was joined in Matrimony to Mr. Virgil Lee Curry. Mae was preceded in death by; two (2) brothers: James Benjamin, Jr. and Jerry Benjamin two(2) sisters Deloris Benjamin and Alfreda Williams.
She leaves to cherish her fond and precious memories: her husband Virgil Curry, ; three (3) daughters, Virmella Curry, Sharnelle Johnson and Taunya Johnson; one (1) sister Laverne Wolfe (SC);f ive(5) brothers: Melvin (Mazie) Benjamin, Sidney (Fushia) Benjamin, Ricky Benjamin, JeromeBenjamin, and Larry Benjamin; six (6) grandchildren: Ch’Hara, Kylief, Zhanai, Darneesha, Rhayne, and Taraji; three (3) great grandchildren Ka’Syai, Amir, and Kenzie, mother-in-law Maggie Curry; and a host of brother-in-law, sister-in-laws, nieces, nephews, spiritual daughters, and life-long friends.
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