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Eight Bells... Remembering those who have passed

Francis “Crit” Crittenden Currie Jr.
By Laura Jeffers
Posted: 2022-05-01T22:44:00Z

Crit doing crash boat duty during the 2008 Cotton Pickin' Regatta



Francis "Crit" Crittenden Currie Jr., died peacefully surrounded by family and loved ones on Thursday April 21st in Memphis, TN.


Crit, like his Dad, was an icon of the Lightning class in “Memphis” (technically northern Mississippi), never at a loss for words or wry wit. He attended the Districts even when he could not sail just to be with his Lightning friends.


Crit was proceeded in death by his parents, Eleanor Bradford Currie and Francis Crittenden Currie. He is survived by his two children, James Nicholas Counce Currie and Francis Crittenden Currie, his brother, James Bradford Currie, and the love of his life and mother of his children, Mary Beth Counce.


The eternal extrovert, Crit never met a stranger or forgot a face. Crit made his daily round of phone calls to many and if he missed you one day, he called you the next. He was an avid fan of all of types racing, and, on the weekends, was often found racing his Lightning sailboat on Lake Arkabutla and throughout the South. He was a member of the Delta Sailing Association where he had served as Commodore, the International Lightning Class Association, and the Dixie Inland Yacht Racing Association, where he was serving as Treasurer.


Crit was a lifelong fan of the Grateful Dead and, when looking back upon his life, would often remark, "what a long strange trip it's been".


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Redemption Road Rescue Jackson TN, Jackson Animal Care Center or Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.


He will be missed.


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