Lonnie Dean “Primo” McCurry, age 90, passed away on Wednesday, February 17, 2010. Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 19, 2010 at 2:30 pm at Summers-Bakker Funeral Home Chapel located at 411 S. Mulberry St. in Eastland. Burial will follow at Murray Cemetery in Carbon. A visitation will be held on Thursday, February 18, 2010 at 6:00 pm at the Connellee Hotel located at 209 W. Main St. in Eastland.
Lonnie Dean “Primo” McCurry was born March 7, 1919 in Wareka, Oklahoma to Mark Vernon and Lillie Bell McCurry. He grew up in Lubbock Texas and graduated from Lubbock High School and Texas Tech University.
“Primo”, a name derived from his days at Lubbock High boxing after Primo Carnera, Italian world Heavyweight boxer, graduated from Texas tech in 1941. Primo played on the 9-1-1 football team in 1939. During his senior year in 1940, he served as one of the team’s captains. Lonnie was inducted into the Texas Tech Hall of Honor in 2000 and as an All-American guard in 1940.
Lonnie was invited by Coach Mike Leach to give the 2008 football team a motivational speech before the biggest game in Tech history. As Tech defeated the University of Texas the players and coaches felt Primo’s inspirational words were a key factor in the upset.
Lonnie was an ex-Marine who fought in World War II at Bouganville in Solomon Islands, then the reacquisition of Guam followed by the Axis defeat at Iwo Jima where he was on troop carriers with the amphibious and ground fleet going ashore. He retired from the Marine Corp in 1960 as a Lt. Colonel.
He and Arlene then moved to Austin and lived there many years then moved to Houston, Texas and later to Missouri City, Texas. He was a real estate broker in Missouri City with his wife where they owned their own real estate business. They moved to Eastland in 1987 to take care of his in-laws. They bought their home there and enjoyed many years with their family close to them. Lonnie enjoyed many happy times being with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He resided in Valley View Nursing home with his wife who preceded him in death on January 26, 2010.
He is survived by one sister, Pearlie Jean Suttle of Lubbock; one son and daughter-in-law, Dean and Gail McCurry of Lewisville, Texas; one daughter and son-in-law, Dyanne and Doug Thompson of Baird, Texas; and his five grandchildren, Brad and Debbie Thompson of Albany, Texas, Bryan and Charlotte Thompson of San Angelo, Texas, Kaylen and Nick Meserve of Dallas, Texas, Scott McCurry of Dallas, Texas and Kevin McCurry of Dallas, Texas. He is also survived by four great-grandchildren who are Taylor Thompson of Albany, Tanner Thompson of Albany, Kelsi Thompson of San Angelo and Katie Thompson of San Angelo and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials can be made to Gideon’s International, Hendrick Hospice of Abilene or the memorial of your choice.