Longtime independent furniture sales representative John Whitfield Sparger Jr., 63, died last Thursday at Missions Hospital in Asheville, N.C.
Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta who partnered with Century Furniture in 2002 for his foray into furniture has died. He was 82.
Norman Coley, president of upholstery producer Lee Inds., died unexpectedly Saturday. He was 52.
A. Darrell Harris, founder and CEO of Furnitureland South in Jamestown, N.C., has died. He was 71.
William Bernard "Bernie" Madden, the former owner of Madden-McFarland Interiors in Kansas City, has died. He was 80.
Longtime North Carolina furniture representative Bob Gerber died last Friday at age 73 at Beacon Place Hospice Care in Greensboro.
Barbara Turf, former CEO of Crate & Barrel, has died at age 71.