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Spring Air International Mourns Death of Company CEO

Spring Air International, a Top 20 U.S. bedding manufacturer and widely known consumer brand, said that its long-time Chairman and CEO Eddie Bates, 75, died on Sunday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he was living.

Industry Veteran John Scarsella, Jr. Passes Away at 81

John Anthony Scarsella, Jr., an industry veteran who  remained steadfast in his many years of hard work and dedication to North American wood furniture production, died on Dec. 22 following a brief illness. He was 81.

Beto O’Rourke’s Mom and of Charlotte’s Furniture Dies in El Paso

According to article on the website of CBS 4 Local News in El Paso and in a post on Beto O’Rourke’s Instagram page, O'Rourke announced the passing of his mother, Melissa O'Rourke, on Sunday morning.

Retired Executive Kevin Toman Dies at 77

In an article in Bed Times, a long-time veteran of the furniture industry was honored after his passing. Kevin Toman, who died Dec. 4 at 77, is remembered as a well-liked mattress leader who worked with top executives in the industry over a 46-year career and won their respect. “It would be hard to find anyone in the mattress industry who didn’t have a good word to say about Kevin,” said Gerry Borreggine, Therapedic’s long-time CEO and president, who knew him for more than two decades.

Jesse Smith Capel Dies at 90

Jesse Smith Capel passed away on October 20 at the age of 90.

Leaving a Legacy: Harold Whittmore “Buddy” Sherrill Passes Away

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.

Patriarch of Smithe, Furniture & Design Died Peacefully at Age 86

Walter Edward Smithe, Jr.
May 19, 1936 - October 9, 2022

 It is with great sadness that the family of Walter Edward Smithe, Jr., announces his passing. Walter was the patriarch of the extended Smithe family and the founder of Walter E. Smithe Furniture & Design. He died peacefully with his beloved wife of 64 years, Florence Flynn Smithe, by his side. Many family members from far and near gathered close during his final days, cherishing the memories of time spent with Papa during the 86 years of his extraordinary life. 

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