Family of Tim Currie donates to SBC

Published 5:01 pm Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Pictured are, from left, Becky Phillips, Dianne Currie, Marianne Currie Garr, Heidi Currie and Bob Metcalf.

Local businessman Tim Currie devoted his life to serving others and that devotion to helping his fellow man has continued past his own lifetime. Currie, who passed away in November of 2011, owned and managed the Frank Currie Gin in McCullough.

Thursday members of Currie’s family met at First National Bank and Trust, where Currie served as a director and former chairman of the board, to present checks to the Southern Baptist Convention and the International Mission Board of the SBC on behalf of the Timothy F. Currie Charitable Remainder Unitrust. Currie established the trust in 1997 designating that the provisions be distributed to the two groups upon his death.

Those provisions were fulfilled Thursday when the checks were presented to their recipients. Bob Metcalf represented the IMB of the SBC. William Townes represented the SBC. Also present were Currie’s daughters, Heidi Currie and Marianne Currie Garr, Garr’s husband Joe, Currie’s wife Dianne, Atmore First Baptist Church pastor Arnold Hendrix and FNB and T senior trust officer Rebecca S. Phillips.

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Marianne Currie Garr said her father was a man who believed heavily in God, his family and doing the work of the lord, but was also a very humble man.

“Church and family were the focus of my dad’s life,” she said. “That’s my one regret, that we couldn’t have done this when he was still here, but he might not have wanted to be here for it. He was such a modest man.”

Hendrix, Currie’s pastor at FBC where he served as a deacon, said the distribution of the funds offers a way for his congregation to remember the man who was so focused on helping missions around the world.

“I’ve noticed that we’re not doing real well,” Hendrix said. “The grief is still going on. It is still very intense, but this is a fulfillment of what Tim wanted.”

In addition to his work with FNB and T and FBC of Atmore, Currie was also heavily involved in the Atmore Sav-a-Life ministry, was a former active member of Brooks Memorial Baptist Church and was instrumental in establishing a fund for the maintenance and upkeep of the McCullough Cemetery. Under his direction the Frank Currie Gin became the leading ginning operation in the southeastern United States.