Bruce Elliott Currie, 71, of Centralia passed away Friday, July 16, 2021, at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon. He was born on July 8, 1950, the son of Glenzo and Dimple Currie.
Survivors that mourn the passing of Bruce include his beloved family, mother Dimple Currie of Centralia; children TreVance Currie of Waycross, GA, Chikahnna Rounds of Mt. Vernon, IL, Tametra Currie of Stockridge, GA, Davisha (Favors) Marshall, husband Derek of Jackson, TN. and Sebastian Currie of Louisiana; 10 grandchildren Chaquaris, Walter, Keghan, Kimia, Emory, Nathaniel, Dionneshae, Albreanna, Corneshia, Tianna; 10 great-grandchildren; siblings Annette Duncan, Richard (Marla) Currie, Glenna Currie-Westley, Melvin (Delores) Duncan, Claudia (Archie) Currie-Harris, Debra Hayes, William (David) Currie, Michael (Mailyn) Currie, Shawna Duncan-Sponswick, and Colleen Duncan-Pieters; two best friends Ezra (Archie) Harris, since the age of three, and Jack Harting.
Bruce was preceded in death by his father Glenzo Currie, and also Melvin Duncan.
Mr. Currie worked for Montgomery Ward, Illinois Central Railroad, Kass Potato Chips, and was a substitute custodian for Schiller School in Centralia. He served as President of the United Community Club and was a loyal employee of the City of Centralia – Public Works until his retirement. All through his life he was an accomplished athlete, playing baseball for Centralia High School and he later played for the Centralia Merchants and Centralia Buds. He was so skilled with his baseball abilities that he had dreams of going pro, but a broken arm prevented that from happening. Bruce was an avid bowler and can be found in the Bowling Hall of Fame for the 2 perfect games he bowled. Bruce loved to grill 12 months out of the year, and no one could get enough of his famous chicken wings. He appreciated time to listen to music and time spent having a cold one while visiting with his friends. Bruce leaves a legacy of working hard, and valuing each day, making sure to live life to the fullest.
Irvin Macz Funeral Home in Centralia is privileged to be assisting the family of Bruce Currie with arrangements. A celebration of life service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, July 24, 2021, at New Bethel Baptist Church with Rev. Ronald Johnson officiating. Friends are welcome to a visitation time with the family from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Friday, July 23, 2021, at the Irvin Macz Funeral Home in Centralia and from 12:00 p.m. until the time of the service on Saturday at the church. Memorials may be made in Bruce’s honor to the Family’s Wishes. Online condolences and memories of Bruce may be shared with the family by visiting www.maczfuneralhomes.com and/or on the funeral home’s Facebook page.
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