Dr. Robert Bittle Curry of Denton, TX, died peacefully at home surrounded by family on November 26 after a long battle with cancer. He is survived by his devoted wife Sharon Z. Curry; daughter Sharon L. Hibbard and husband Gordon of Highland Village, TX; son Robert Gregory “Greg” Curry of Denton, TX; daughter Suzanne P. Smith and husband John of Frisco, TX; and step-daughter Kristie B. Lensing and husband T. J. of Austin, TX. He also leaves behind five grandchildren; Lauren H. Blankenship of Flower Mound, TX; Sarah Hibbard of Highland Village, TX; Kyle, Blake and Kaitlyn Smith of Frisco, TX. He is survived also by a sister, Rita C McCall of Fort Worth, TX, a nephew, Mike McCall of Arlington, TX; and two nieces, Kay Mann of Old Lyme, Ct and Lisa Clark of Austin, TX. He was preceded in death by his parents Joe W Curry and Alma Jones Curry of Belton, TX.
Dr. Curry was born in Three Forks (Bell County) TX on March 21, 1931. He attended Three Forks and Belton, TX schools where he graduated in 1948 and entered Texas A & M University. At Texas A & M he was in the Corps of Cadets and a Lt. Col where he was second in command of the Artillery Brigade. He was also an honor academic and Military Science student and President of the Bell County A & M Club. He was commissioned there as a Second Lt. in the U.S. Army Artillery. After his studies at TX A&M, he entered the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX. After graduating from medical school in 1957 he served an internship at Confederate Memorial Hospital in Shreveport, LA. After internship, he entered the Army Medical Corps and served two years at 97th General Hospital in Germany during the Cold War. After his military service, he returned to Louisiana where he served an Internal Medicine Residency under Tulane University. He moved to Dallas, TX in 1961 where he practiced Internal Medicine at Chester Clinic and Hospital and Methodist Hospital of Dallas. In 1979 he joined the Texas Dept. of Mental Health and Mental Retardation and practiced at Denton State School until he retired in 2001.
He truly enjoyed his patients and the practice of Internal Medicine for 44 years. He was a member of the Denton County Medical Society, the Texas Medical Association and the American Medical Association. He was a dedicated Christian and life- long member of the Methodist Church. He truly loved his children and grandchildren and family. He loved the state of Texas and enjoyed Texas history and picture taking while traveling around the state.
Visitation will be at DeBerry Funeral Directors , 2025 W university Dr, Denton, TX, on Wednesday, November 28 from 5-7 pm. Funeral Service will be at Cole Chapel at First United Methodist Church of Denton , 201 S Locust, on Thursday, November 29 at 11am. Burial will be at North Belton Cemetery in Belton, TX
Donations may be made in memory of Robert Bittle Curry, MD, to the Texas Medical Association Minority Scholarship Program, 401 West 15th Street, Austin, TX 78701 or the Pastors Discretionary Fund at First United Methodist Church, Denton TX 76201.