HICKORY, N.C. – Industry legend and manufacturing giant Harold Whittemore “Buddy” Sherrill died at his home here on March 24. He was 96.
Sherrill was credited for maintaining his company’s domestic manufacturing presence in Hickory and the surrounding Catawba area of North Carolina for decades as the industry moved manufacturing to Asia and other parts of the world.
“Buddy Sherrill lived life to the fullest and held nothing back when it came to the Sherrill Furniture family, his people and business that he loved dearly,” the company said in a statement announcing his passing. “Buddy doubled down on his commitment by shortening the
supply chain for production of raw materials needed for furniture manufacturing by bringing cushion manufacturing, cotton manufacturing, solid wood frame production and a shipping fleet in-house as well.”
“After 73 years of consistent, steady and caring leadership, all of us at Sherrill Furniture Co. have grown to love him deeply,” said Thad Monroe, president. “Buddy’s commitment to local craftspeople and willingness to invest in this community to keep case goods and upholstery manufacturing going strong is something that everyone in the furniture industry has benefited from.”
Over the years, Sherrill also is credited with building and sustaining a well-known and well-respected group of brands at the luxury segment that included CTH-Sherrill Occasional, Hickory White, Precedent Furniture, Motioncraft, Whittemore-Sherrill and Mr. & Mrs. Howard.
The company said that Charles Sherrill, the third-generation owner of Sherrill Furniture Co., is committed to sustaining his
father’s vision for this company.
“One thing my dad made sure I understood is that the responsibility of leading Sherrill Furniture is never just about the money,” said Sherrill, CEO and senior vice president, product development. “If it were, then he could have sold the company many different times. This company is and will continue to be all about the people and the families who make this industry possible.”
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