CHARLES WILSON MCCURDY

 
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Charles "Charlie" Wilson McCurdy was born in 1877 in Madison County, Georgia, to John A. McCurdy (1830-1891) and his second wife, Elizabeth W. Strickland (1840-1929). Sometime during the next six years, John McCurdy moved his family to Maysville, Georgia, where he was noted in May of 1883 by The Jackson Herald to be making preparations with Mr. J. M. Burns to "build some neat dwellings."
   By 1888, John's half-brother, Dr. W. J. McCurdy, had joined him in Maysville and moved into a new residence on Academy Street.  At the same time, John had joined Abraham Atkins in building "an extensive building" on the Banks County side of town.  This building was probably the row of stores where Maysville City Hall is now located.
   In 1891, John died and was buried in Madison County at New Hope Presbyterian Church.  Charlie and his mother, Elizabeth, remained in the house, which still stands at 37 Homer Street, which John had built.  Elizabeth immediately filed for temporary support since John had died without a will.  The legal ad in the Nov. 4, 1891, edition of the Banks County Gazette reads:
                GEORGIA, Banks County.--Elizabeth W. McCurdy, widow of J. A. McCurdy late of said county dec'd., has applied to the undersigned for the appointment of commissioners to set apart to her and her miner children a year's support out of the estate of the said deceased.  The commissioners appointed have made return to this office, and I will pass upon the same on the first Monday in December next.  Given under my hand and official signature, November 2d, 1891.  T. F. Hill, Ord'y.
   Although the legal ad mentioned the word "children," Charlie was an only child.  The 1900 Banks County Census confirms this, listing Elizabeth as the mother of one child, who was living at the time.
   On June 4, 1900, Charlie married Curtice Henry Camp, daughter of Henry P. Camp and Sarah Fannie Moore Camp of Maysville.  The wedding took place at the home of the bride's parents.
   In 1901, Charlie and Curtice lost their firstborn child, and the child was buried at Sunrise Cemetery in Maysville.
   1904 would be a better year for the McCurdy family.  Daughter Frances Elizabeth was born and Charlie decided to follow in his father's footsteps as an entrepreneur.  Charlie opened a hardware store and mortuary on the Jackson side of town.  The store would become one of Maysville's longest lived businesses.
   On June 22, 1910, another daughter, Hilda Camp McCurdy, was born.  Hilda would later become a language education teacher at Young Harris College and live in her parents' house until her death on June 20, 1992.
   On May 9, 1912, the fourth and last child, a son, Worth A. McCurdy, was born.  He didn't live to age seven as he was taken sick with pneumonia while riding his bicycle.
   On Jan. 11, 1929, Charlie's mother, Elizabeth, died.  She was buried in Sunrise Cemetery in Maysville with a marker which listed her as "Mother McCurdy" instead of her full name.  Her obituary appeared in the Jan. 17, 1929 edition of the Herald:
   "Maysville, Ga., Jan. 11—Mrs. E. W. McCurdy, aged 88, died at her home here Friday morning.  She was injured in a fall a month ago and later developed pneumonia, which caused her death.  Mrs. McCurdy was a devoted member of the Presbyterian church and lived a consecrated Christian life.
   She is survived by one son, C. W. McCurdy; two granddaughters, Misses Frances and Hilda McCurdy of Maysville; one sister, Mrs. D. P. Moon of Comer.  Funeral was held from the residence at three o’clock Saturday with burial in the local cemetery."
   (Note: The Mrs. D. P. Moon of Comer was Eliza Jane Strickland who married David Pleasant Moon.)
   On June 4, 1950, the C. W. McCurdys celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary (see story below) with a reception in Maysville.
   Charlie McCurdy died in 1965.  Curtice, his wife, died in 1968.  Both are buried in Sunrise Cemetery in Maysville.  Charlie's daughter, Hilda, occupied the family home until her death in 1992.  Hilda had willed the house and property to a colleague and friend of hers from Young Harris College.

 

The Jackson Herald, June 1, 1950
CW McCurdys to be honored on 50th Anniversary

On next Sunday afternoon in the Methodist Church in Maysville between the hours of 4 and 6 p.m., Mr. and Mrs. CW McCurdy will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.

It was in this church 50 years ago that Charles W. McCurdy and Miss Curtice Camp were united in the holy bonds of matrimony and during this half century since, they have been obedient to the solemn vows they assumed at that time. Not only have they had a happy home but have been valuable assets to their city, county and state, and a blessing to the church. Their friends will experience pleasure and joy in paying honor and tribute to them next Sabbath afternoon.

The reception will be informal. It will be an occasion of Mr. and Mrs. McCurdy meeting with old and new friends and all rejoicing together over the long useful and consecrated lives. They request no gifts.

The reception is being given by their two daughters, Miss Frances McCurdy, who teaches in Decatur, and Miss Hilda McCurdy, a member of the Young Harris faculty. Because of work on the Maysville-Homer Highway, it was impossible to have the reception at the McCurdy home.

The Jackson Herald, June 8, 1950
Beautiful Wedding Anniversary in Maysville

The Methodist Church in Maysville was the scene from four until six o’clock Sunday afternoon of a beautifully planned reception honoring the 50th wedding anniversary of Curtice Camp McCurdy and Charles W. McCurdy, representatives of two prominent families of that section of Georgia. They were married June 4, 1900 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Camp, in Maysville.

June 4, 1950 marked the 50th year since Mr. and Mrs. McCurdy plighted their troth and began together life’s journey. It was an eventful and long to be remembered day in our neighbor city of Maysville.

Visitors arrived not only from Maysville, but from Atlanta, Decatur, Athens, Jefferson, Commerce, Comer, Gillsville, Young Harris, Tampa and Ft. Meade Fla., New York, Seneca, SC, Indianapolis, Gainesville and Gainesville, FL to honor Mr. and Mrs. McCurdy, a popular and beloved couple who were reared in Maysville and have spent their entire lives in this little city of as fine men and women as can be found in any other section of this country.

The church was beautifully decorated with an arrangement of flowers. A table, centered with the bridal cake, was covered with a lace cloth.

The guests were greeted at the door by Mrs. WC Lockhart and Mrs. Cornelia Carefoot of Ft. Meade FL who kept the register. Then they were presented to the receiving line: Mr. and Mrs. McCurdy, Misses Frances and Hilda McCurdy and Mr. Camp, the brother of Mrs. McCurdy. The bride of 50 years ago was gowned in a light blue, floor-length, afternoon dress. Her should corsage was an orchid. The Misses McCurdy also wore attractive afternoon costumes with corsages of carnations.

From the receiving line, the guests were ushered to the punch bowl where a delicious beverage, embossed cakes and nuts were served by Mrs. Ed Chandler, Mrs. WH Wylie, Mrs. John Sheridan, Mrs. Robert Henderson, Mrs. LW Eberhart, Mrs. Billy Pittman and Mrs. CJ Meaders. Mrs. Robert Carr added to the pleasure of the occasion with several piano selections.

The guests were seated and Mr. and Mrs. McCurdy stood before the altar. Miss Hilda McCurdy, with Mrs. Robert Carr at the piano, sang “Because” and “The Lords Prayer,” after which Rev. Shell, pastor of the church, reunited the couple with a lovely ceremony, closing with a prayer.

Mrs. LC Atkins of Young Harris cut the tiered bridal cake with a silver carving knife and punch was again served with a silver ladle, both silver pieces being wedding gifts of 50 years ago.

Good-byes were said. Mr. and Mrs. McCurdy radiated their joy and happiness and everyone present voiced the pleasure of being present at such a lovely and hallowed occasion.

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