Curtis McHerrin, Jr. was born on December 19, 1950, to Curtis and Henrietta (Smith) McHerrin, Sr., in Buffalo, New York.
He was educated in the Buffalo Public Schools and graduated from Bennett High School in 1969. Following in the footsteps of his father, in 1970, Curtis became employed at General Motors Chevrolet Plant in Buffalo. Curtis was a dependable, fun loving worker who loved to tell jokes. He retired in 1997 with 27 years of service after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.
Curtis’s love for cross country running began while he was in high school. His ability to run long distances helped his team to win many championship races. After High School Curtis continued to run. It was nothing to see Curtis running through the neighborhood or at Delaware Park. Curtis’s other pastimes included bicycle riding and roller skating.
In 1998, Curtis relocated to Columbia, South Carolina to be closer to his sister. Here he met and connected with people who like him had Multiple Sclerosis. While a member of the Multiple Sclerosis support group he met Darlene Simmons and they were married on November 27th, 1998.
Curtis was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and his oldest sister, Sandra.
Curtis received his gift of eternal peace on October 18th after a 24-year battle with Multiple Sclerosis.
Curtis’s memory lives on in the hearts of his wife Darlene; his son, Marques Curtis and his step son Preston and a granddaughter, Kierra Seari; two sisters, Tanya Wright of Columbia, South Carolina and Precious Morgan of Buffalo, New York; two brothers, Rodney of Seattle, Washington and Dale Eric of Buffalo, New York; two brothers-in-law, Ron Simmons of Irmo, SC and Gregory Simmons of Camden, South Carolina. Also, his memory lives on in the hearts of a special nephew, Michael (Mickey) Dorian and a special friend Richard Thompson of Buffalo, New York; as well as a host of other family and friends.
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