James M. Curry II
James M. Curry, II is a licensed funeral director/embalmer in the state
of Florida, and the owner of Blackburn-Curry Funeral
& Cremation in Macclenny.
He was born in West Virginia to James M. Curry of Logan, West Virginia, and Carolyn (Blackburn) Curry of Maxville, Florida. His family eventually moved back to Florida from West Virginia to be closer to his maternal grandmother,
Katherine (Caldwell) Blackburn of
Maxville, and her family.
James has been a Baker County resident since
he started 3rd grade at Westside Elementary in Glen St. Mary, and is a graduate
of Baker County High School, class of 1987.
His interest in funeral service was sparked early
in high school when James traveled with his family to Atlanta to attend the
graduation of his uncle from Mortuary College. It was his
uncle’s career in funeral service that ultimately led him into the industry as
well. James started his funeral career working for his uncle, Jack A.
Blackburn, as a staff associate when Jack was the manager of Fraser Funeral
Home in Macclenny. After several years of mentoring, James went on to attend John A. Gupton Mortuary College in Nashville, Tennessee. He graduated
in 2000 with a degree in Mortuary Science. Once licensed in Florida, James served
the families of Columbia and surrounding
counties from 2002 until April 2017, when he left Gateway-Forest
Lawn Funeral Home in Lake City to embark on
the journey of being a funeral home owner back home, in Baker County.
James is married to Shannon M. Curry, who is also a
licensed funeral director/embalmer, and has six children.