William “Bill” John Currie

Published 12:32 pm Monday, May 20, 2013

William “Bill” John Currie


William “Bill” John Currie, age 93, of Alabaster, passed away on May 19 at home. He was born on March 11, 1920, in Baldwinsville, N.Y., to Robert and Maude.

Bill was the oldest of five. He attended Baldwinsville Academy and graduated in 1938. He entered military service on January 18, 1942, as an Air Corp. cadet. He graduated advanced single engine school, Spence Field, Moutrie, Ga., on Oct. 9, 1942, as Second Lieutenant instructor. He attended central instructor school, Maxwell Air Force base, Montgomery. He served as an advanced single engine instructor and gunnery instructor at Marianna, Fla. and Eglin Field, Fla., for the southeast training command. Bill served in the European theater with 8th and 9th Air Force. He was stationed with the 357th Fighter Group, 363 Fighter Squadron, flew P51 mustang fighter aircraft in combat over Germany. Bill separated with rank of Captain in November 1945. He then married Martha Lanis Ward, 1st Lieutenant Nurse Corp. on Nov. 24, 1945.

Bill will be remembered by his son, William D. Currie Sr. (Dover). He is also survived by his sister, Mary Widger (Bruce); two grandchildren, Melissa Harvey (Bill) and David Currie (Trisha); three great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in death by his wife, Martha; his parents, Robert and Maude Currie; his brothers, Gerald and Robert Currie; and his sister, Ellen Huntington.

Relatives and friends are invited to a visitation for Bill from 9-10 a.m. on May 21 with the funeral immediately following at Rockco Funeral Home of Montevallo. His grandson, Rev. David Currie, will be officiating his service. Burial will follow at Antioch Baptist Church.

Please share your condolences online at RockcoFuneralHomes.com. Rockco Funeral Home Montevallo directing.