Leslie McCurry, a retired Southern States Cooperative petroleum manager, died of pancreatic cancer March 5 at his daughter's Joppa home. The Chestertown resident was 76.
Mr. McCurry was born and raised in Bee Log, N.C., where he graduated from high school. He earned an associate's degree from Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, N.C.
After serving in the Army in the Pacific during the waning days of World War II, he earned a bachelor's degree in agriculture from Berea College in Berea, Ky. He also took postgraduate courses at the University of Kentucky.
Mr. McCurry moved to Baltimore in 1951 when he took a job at the old Glenn L. Martin Co. plant in Middle River.
He began working 30 years ago for Southern States Cooperative, where he managed its petroleum business in Kent and Queen Anne's counties. He retired in 1998.
A former resident of Owings Mills, he had lived in Chestertown for the past 37 years.
Mr. McCurry enjoyed spending time at a cabin he owned near his boyhood home, now called Burnsville, N.C. He also enjoyed planting hostas and flowers and growing vegetables.
Mr. McCurry was a member of the Chestertown Optimists Club, Chestertown Lions Club, Kent County Chamber of Commerce and Chestertown Baptist Church.
Services were held yesterday.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, the former Pat L. Underwood; a son, Gregory L. McCurry of Chestertown; a daughter, Susan R. McCurry of Joppa; a brother, Cecil McCurry of Zachary, La.; two sisters, Eloise Reynolds of Phoenix and Evelyn Simons of Kingsport, Tenn.; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.