FDIC/Owner/Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer
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.
Owner/Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer
Shannon M. Curry is a licensed
funeral director/embalmer in the state of Florida, and the owner of Blackburn-Curry
Funeral & Cremation in Macclenny.
She grew up in Live Oak, Florida, the daughter of Travis C. Murphy of Kissimmee and the late Virginia L. (Padgett) Murphy of Live Oak. Shannon is a graduate of Suwannee High School, class of 1994.
Her interest in funeral service started when she was a senior in high school. Shannon worked with a funeral home as a reception/administrator and would occasionally receive a thank you card from a family she helped while working there. That led her to pursue mortuary college and become a funeral director/embalmer.
She attended John A. Gupton Mortuary College in Nashville, Tennessee, and graduated in 2000 with a degree in Mortuary Science. Shannon started her internship in 2001 and received her license in 2002. She served the families of Duval and surrounding counties from 2001 until July of 2014 when she left the corporate funeral industry to be a stay at home mom.
Shannon has been married to James since the fall of 2003. Together, they have two living children; a son, Michael who has autism, and a daughter, Megan. Their first son was born prematurely and passed away due to complications.
Shannon spends much of her free time as an Autism Advocate as well as volunteering in the community.
She is blessed to help her husband James achieve his dream of owning his own funeral home and honored to serve the families of Baker and surrounding counties.
Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer
Jack A. Blackburn is a licensed funeral director/embalmer in the state of Florida and has been in the funeral business for the last 32 years. A native of Maxville, Florida, he graduated high school in Baldwin. Jack graduated from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta, Georgia in 1987, and has devoted his life to helping families in their time of need.
He began serving the people of Baker County as Managing Director of Fraser Funeral Home in Macclenny in 1994 until 2004. Jack left Baker County and built his own funeral home out on the north side of Jacksonville in 2005 near the Jacksonville National Cemetery. For the past 15 years, he has been the owner/operator of Cedar Bay Funeral Home in Jacksonville, Florida.
Jack’s nephew, James M. Curry, II, followed his footsteps in the funeral industry. James worked with Jack at Fraser Funeral Home from the fall of 1996 until August of 1999. James left to enroll at John A. Gupton Mortuary College to pursue his career as a funeral director/embalmer. He graduated in 2000 and has been serving families in their time of need ever since.
The opportunity arose for James to open a funeral home back home, and with Jack’s help, Blackburn-Curry Funeral & Cremation is now in Macclenny to serve Baker and surrounding counties.
James and his wife, Shannon, own and operate Blackburn-Curry Funeral & Cremation here in Macclenny, while Jack still owns and operates Cedar Bay Funeral Home in Jacksonville.
But at any time your family would like to meet with Jack, he is available to make funeral arrangements.
With over 65 years of combined experience, Blackburn-Curry Funeral & Cremation is ready to serve our neighbors in their time of need.
Felecia E. Hodges was born and raised in Baker County. She graduated from Baker County High School in 1998 and married the love of her life, Lonnie "Steve" Hodges, in 2003. Together they have three beautiful daughters.
Felecia had previously been employed as a CNA and Business Office Coordinator for the last 10 years at Macclenny Nursing & Rehab.
Felecia joined our Blackburn-Curry family in September of 2021 and has a passion for serving others. She enjoys spending weekends at Salt Springs, fishing, and boating. Her hobbies include crafting and hunting with her husband.
God called Allen to preach the Gospel 12 years ago, and with that calling, God gave him a compassionate servant’s heart.
Allen had been assisting in the funeral business for five years prior to joining our funeral home in 2017.
As a member of our Blackburn-Curry family, Allen is honored to serve families, friends, and neighbors during their darkest hour.
Allen has known James for many, many years, having grown up together in Glen St. Mary. We are excited to have Allen working with us, knowing that the families who trust our funeral home to take care of their loved ones will be taken care of as if they are one of our own.
Cody J. Bennett is the son of Mikell "Dude" and Kathie Bennett and was born and raised in Baker County. He graduated with Honors from Baker County High School in 2019. Cody is a full-time student at Florida Gateway College, pursuing an Associate of Science Degree in Waste Water Management. He is also employed by the Baker County School Board as a substitute teacher.
We met Cody while volunteering in the community in the Summer of 2018. Cody made an unforgettable first impression and quickly became a family friend. After observing his growth and potential during his senior year of high school, soon after graduation, Cody joined our Blackburn-Curry family in the Summer of 2019.
When he's not working or studying, Cody enjoys fishing, hunting, and attending Florida Gator football games with his friends.
Kimberly Shumate Crews was born and raised in Baker County. She graduated from Baker County High School and married the love of her life, Allen A. Crews, in 1987. They have two daughters and four grandchildren.
Kim has been employed with Ed Fraser Memorial Hospital for the last 30 years and has been an Independent Avon Representative for 20 years.
Kim joined our Blackburn-Curry family in August of 2019 after she had an opportunity to assist grieving families with Allen. She enjoys teaching Sunday School and singing at The Lord's Church in Taylor. She loves spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Her hobbies include gardening and raising chickens.