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By David Perlmutt, BusinessNC, March 2019

Buddy (right) and his son, Whit Sherrill (left).

Of the many things you can write about furniture manufacturer Buddy Sherrill, one is immediately clear: He's not an eager subject. Truth be told, he can get a touch cantankerous trying to avoid the spotlight, even with much to crow about.

But what a story he has to tell: At 92, Harold Whittemore “Buddy” Sherrill, a venerated patriarch of North Carolina’s once-storied furniture industry, still exerts a tight grip on Hickory-based Sherrill Furniture Co., which his father, O.T. (Oscar Truman), started in 1943. Buddy, who is called “Bear” by his oldest friends, has worked at the medium-to-high-end maker of custom-built upholstered furniture and casegoods for 68 years — since Harry Truman was president.

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