Whatever he does in life, “the bowling alley man” is always looking for strikes.
David Curry, the former Plaza Lanes owner for many years, said the same will be true if he gets elected to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
“Everything I do, I give it all I’ve got,” said the retired 72-year-old. “All my life, I’ve just been a committed person to whatever it was. When I first started bowling, I’d bowl a hundred games a week.”
Many people have asked him why he decided to get into the political arena at 72.
“It started about a year ago,” he said. “I was lying in bed and just thinking about how good Corinth had been to me.”
He had been thinking and praying on what he could do to give back to the city when a golfing buddy nudged him toward the answer – serve as an alderman.
“I’m retired. I can give it full-time,” he said.
The 1968 Corinth High School graduate is not just the bowling alley guy. After graduating from Delta State University with degrees in mathematics, he began a teaching career, spending a year each at Alcorn Central High School and Hardin County High School and five years at Corinth High School.
“I loved teaching, especially at Corinth,” said Curry. “It was hard to give up.”
Another opportunity came in the form of the bowling alley, which he purchased and operated from August 1979 until about three years ago. Business was good.
“Corinth sent us school group after school group,” said the Shiloh Road resident. “They helped support us in every way. We never had a losing year.”
He was an early patron of the bowling alley.
“I’m the only man that’s still bowling that bowled the first year it was there,” said Curry. “I started in the junior league, 10 years old, in 1960. Sometimes I think that’s what keeps me going a little bit.”
If he is elected to the board, he said he looks forward to digging in and working to improve the future of the city.
“If I can’t make it better, I don’t want to be a part of it,” said Curry. “I’ve told many people if I serve four years and I’m not making it better, you won’t see me running a second time.”
Among the issues at hand, he said he was shocked recently when he learned the pay rate for a fireman with the rank of captain. The number is “not enough to live off of,” he said.
Curry is also concerned about the pattern of the city paying the expense of training public safety employees only to see them leave a short time later for higher pay elsewhere.
He also mentioned street paving. Tate Street is one he would like to see get resurfacing.
“I think the administration we have right now, with the aldermen and mayor working together, that they’ve done a good job” on paving, he said. “I don’t want that to stop.”
Curry said he will work hard to be a fair representative on the board, bringing an understanding heart to people’s issues.
“I’m going to listen and try to be helpful and be for and with the people,” he said.
Curry served in the Mississippi National Guard from 1971 to 1979. With his wife of 48 years, Sherre, he has two daughters, Lori and Kelle, and four grandsons.
He joined Oakland Baptist Church in 1991 and has taught Sunday School for more than 30 years.