By Josh Mitchell
Corinth Today News Editor
David Curry will soon strike 40 years as the owner of Plaza Lanes in Corinth.
He bought the longstanding Corinth bowling center Aug. 6, 1979.
Curry worked 12 years at Plaza Lanes before buying it, meaning that he has worked at the bowling center a total of 52 years.
It has been open about 59 years.
Curry, who grew up poor, has always had a hard work ethic and started working when he was 8 years old selling newspapers.
He graduated from Delta State University and taught math and science at Corinth High School. In college, he also minored in physics and chemistry. It would seem that physics and bowling would go hand in hand.
The owner before Curry encouraged him to buy the bowling center, saying Curry had the skill to run it. One of Curry’s guiding principles in life is that if a person works hard and puts in an honest day’s effort he or she will move up in the world.
Curry is a skilled bowler, who bowled his first perfect game nearly 25 years ago. He used to bowl around 100 to 150 games a week when he started working at the bowling center and would bowl the oil off the lanes, he said.
Several great bowlers around Corinth helped improve his game when he was younger. Curry still bowls twice a week, and he gets into the competition by exchanging high-fives and belly bumps.
“If I can’t have fun, I’m not going to do it,” Curry said.
Plaza Lanes is a family atmosphere that does not allow smoking or foul language. It is a great place for church groups and leagues.
Bowling is an activity that can be enjoyed by all ages, ranging from toddlers to senior citizens. For toddlers, there are ramps and bumpers, which keep the bowling balls out of the gutters.
Plaza Lanes features electronic scoring and 16 lanes. It is open seven days a week from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. and until about 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.