Harold Whittemore “Buddy” Sherrill passed peacefully just after midnight on March 24th at his home. 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.
“After 73 years of consistent, steady and caring leadership, all of us at Sherrill Furniture Company have grown to love him deeply,” says Thad Monroe, President. “Buddy’s commitment to local craftspeople and willingness to invest in this community to keep casegoods and upholstery manufacturing going strong is something that everyone in the furniture industry has benefitted from.”
As the furniture manufacturing industry migrated en masse to Asia for several decades, Buddy Sherrill stood fast by his vision to sustain a meaningful domestic furniture manufacturing presence in the Catawba Valley of North Carolina. 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.
Charles Sherrill, the third-generation owner of Sherrill Furniture Company, 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. 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,” says Sherrill, CEO and SVP of Product Development.