Curene Clark Ervin
Curene Clark Ervin was born on September 3, 1946, in Jamaica, West Indies to Ida McCalla Thomas and Joseph Matthews. She migrated to the United States December 26th, 1964. She lived in Queens New York until her retirement in 2001, she then relocated to be with her husband, Frank Ervin in Atlantic City, New Jersey. She departed this life on Wednesday, October 20, 2021.
She accepted Christ as a young adult and was baptized by Rev. Dr. James Kelly at Calvary Baptist Church in Jamaica, New York where she was very active until she relocated her membership to New Jerusalem Baptist Church when it was formed in 1988.
In 1967, Curene was hired by Chase Manhattan Bank and found her niche. She was promoted to Supervisor in 1972. Although married with two children to care for and working at Chase she found time to realize one of her passion for hair care by attending and graduating from Wilfred Academy of Cosmetology in 1971. She worked part time to be the resident hair care specialist for her family and friends. In 1973, Curene sat for the General Education Diploma Exam (GED) and passed it on the first try. She graduated with honors from American Institute of Banking (AIB) in Operations Supervision in 1982. She continued her education at Pace University in New York City and graduated in 1989 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Banking. At Chase, Curene was appointed Assistant Treasurer in 1981, Promoted to Second Vice President in 1984 and Vice President in 1989. Curene has mentored more than 20 mentees throughout her career officially and more than 100 unofficially. Curene was known as someone who led by example, she never forgot to credit those employees and colleagues who supported her throughout her career. Her giving spirt and kindness were her trademarks and all who met her was blessed by her. She Retired as a Vice President of JP Morgan Chase in February 2001 after a 32 ½ year career.
Curene believed in giving back and the motto "to whom much is given much is required". She has volunteered in her community and its surrounding neighborhoods both where she lived and worked and received many awards and certificates.
Curene was a frequent guest speaker at Medgar Evers College Financial and Budgeting Class. She was a motivational speaker who inspired her audiences regardless of the age group. She has lectured within Chase as well as other organizations. She was frequently asked to speak to the youth at various P.A.L sites within the Queens community. She served as Chairperson of the Rochdale Village Local Development Corp for 3 years. She was an avid bowler and served as Treasurer for the Church Bowling league. Curene served on many boards while in New York. She served on the Finance Board of the New Jerusalem Baptist Church. In that capacity she assisted in budget planning and fund raising for the Church's Building Fund Program. She served on the Usher Board for more than 20 years; and was appointed in 1993 to chair a management committee responsible for a Love Note Investment Program which was very successful in raising funds for the Church over a 7 year period.
Curene moved to Atlantic City and continued her community work. She served as Secretary for the Venice Park Civic Association from 2001- 2006 and Treasurer from 2006 until her health failed. She was a member of Union Baptist Temple since 2002 where she served as a Trustee. She was Assistant treasurer in 2003 and Treasurer from 2004 to 2007. She was also Church School Teacher. Curene was appointed to the Atlantic City Free Public Library Board of Trustees by Mayor Langford in 2003, and was reappointed by Mayor Scott Evans in 2008. She was selected as Vice President of the Board in 2008. Curene was the Governor of the Library's Foundation since 2005. She worked on Mayor Langford's Fund Raising team for the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) and served two years on the Board of AHI, until the organization was dissolved in 2007. She has volunteered with the Atlantic City Black College Tour for 4 years as a chaperone. Curene served as Board member for the proposed Atlantic City Federal Credit Union and was approved by the national Credit Union Association.
Curene was a woman of great faith. Her love of God was her source of strength. She believed in the power of prayer and was a faithful member of her daily morning prayer partner group. Curene was an elegant lady of fashion and would often be seen sporting her notable hat collection.
Curene is the mother of two sons, Samuel and Anthony Clark; the proud grandmother of Anthony, Treyvon, Tyler, Skylar and Jaylen. She enjoyed her retirement with her husband, Frank Ervin. Together they enjoyed traveling within and outside of the United States.
She leaves to cherish her memory: her husband Frank Ervin; sons Samuel Clark of North Carolina and Anthony Clark of South Carolina; brother, Alton Matthews and wife, Angie of New York; sisters, Claudette Branch of New York; Sandry and her husband, James Gaillard of North Carolina; her paternal siblings, Anthony, Jeanie, Milton, Wilmot, Nelton, Melton, Jennifer and Shearer; her special friend, and travelling partner, Dorett "Dee" Aldrick; and a host of family and friends.
Rest in peace Curene. We loved you but God loved you best.
Funeral services will be 11AM, Wednesday, October 27, 2021, Union Baptist Temple, Pennsylvania & Drexel Avenues, Atlantic City, New Jersey, where friends may call from 10AM. Interment to follow in Laurel Memorial Park, Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey.
Arrangements entrusted to Greenidge Funeral Homes, Atlantic City, where condolences may be left at www.greenidgefuneralhomes.com.