Jean Smithey Currin was born at home near Commerce, Texas around 6:00 in the
morning on January 22, 1926 during one of the most severe ice and snowstorms of
the 20th Century. She grew up and attended school in the small
farming communities of Aberfoyle and Chigger Ridge, also known as Pleasant Ridge,
near Commerce. Upon completing ninth grade she attended Greenville Senior High,
but due to her familyís change in residence, graduated from Commerce HS in
1943. She married J.C. Currin from Cumby, Texas on June 29, 1945 while he was
home on leave for his Grandfather Gillisís funeral. J.C. returned to active
duty in the Pacific Theater two weeks later. Both newlyweds lost their only
brothers in WW II.
the war the young couple first settled in Commerce where they began their
family and then moved to Greenville where J.C. started his business, Currin Auto Trim. In her early adult
life Dorothy worked as a dental assistant for Dr. Parker in Greenville, but
then became a stay-at-home-mom while her children were small. She was active in
the PTA, perennially serving as a homeroom mother while also keeping the books
for the family business. Later she worked as the manager at the Henson Kickernick
Lobby Shop in downtown Greenville and then joined the team at Mary of Puddin
was preceded in death by her brother, SonnyBoy, aka J.G. Smithey, her mother,
Ollie Gray Davis Smithey, her father, Joe Dee Smithey, her husband, J.C.
Currin, and sister, Jessie Faye Smithey Lambert.
is survived by her four children and their spouses: Nita Currin Rawlings and
husband, Phil, Joe Currin and wife, Alicia, Jim Currin and husband, Kevin Baab,
Jan Currin Stuart and husband, Clint,
and her nephew Joe Lambert and wife, Nancy. She has seven grandchildren: Andrew
Rawlings, Brandi Crow Hall, Katie Rawlings Tillery, Megan Stuart Oakes, Rachel
Currin Stewart, Jacob Stuart, and Lucas Currin and their spouses; and 13 great
grandchildren with one on the way. Her grandsons and grandsons-in-law are
honored to be her pallbearers.
Currin enjoyed cooking, baking, and entertaining in her home, and was
especially well-known for her pies and cakes. She was an avid reader and walker,
loved to play 42 and 84, enjoyed swimming, skiing, cooking out, and picnicking at
Greenville Club Lake with family and friends. She participated in the Altrusa Club Golden
Agers and was a member of Hillside Church of Christ. She touched many lives in
her 93 years. Known as Grammie to her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and
members of her church community, she will be remembered for her kindness, sweet
personality, and for giving warm hugs. She is loved and will be greatly missed
by her family and many friends.
services will be held on Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the chapel of
Coker-Mathews Funeral Home with Mr. Brady Cook officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Carmel Cemetery
in Wolfe City. Visitation will be
Saturday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.