Don Hunziker furniture industry, civic and community leader dies
Don Allen Hunziker, 73, of 900 Forrest Hill Drive and Penn Hook, Va., died Feb. 12, 2001, after a lengthy illness.
He was born Sept. 16, 1927, in Sewanee, Tenn., a son of John and Fredericka Woodlea Hunziker, who both preceded him in death. He was married to the former Rachel Thames, who survives of the residence. He was a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va., receiving in 1951 a bachelor of science degree in business administration. He was a member of Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church, where he served.
He started his career in the furniture industry in 1956, when he joined the David M. Lea and Co., in Richmond, where he was director of personnel. He moved on up the ranks over the years and became president of Lea Industries in 1974, which was later acquired by The Sperry and Hutchinson Co. In 1977 he was named senior vice president of The Sperry and Hutchinson Co. and CEO of Sperry and Hutchinson Furniture Division Inc.
After 25 years in a successful business career, he and other management personnel founded LADD Furniture Inc. in High Point in 1981, by purchasing the three furniture divisions of Baldwin United, which had been acquired from S&H-Lea Industries, American Drew and Daystrom (LADD), as well as Lea Lumber & Plywood Co. He held the position of president of LADD Furniture Inc. from 1981-1982, and chairman and CEO from 1982-1992, from which he retired in 1992. He continued as a LADD board member until 1995, at which time he was named chairman emeritus. Under his leadership, LADD became one of the largest furniture manufacturers in the country. Over the years, he has had hundreds of employees’ respect, honor and love, which has to be the ultimate award in business.
He was very instrumental in the consolidation of the International Home Furnishings Market in High Point and was vice president of Furniture Factories Marketing Association, which helped maintain a threatened furniture market in High Point.
He served the furniture industry in various capacities, chaired the industry Bunk Bed Safety Task Group; co-chaired the long-range planning committee of the American Furniture Manufacturers Association in shaping the industry’s destiny; launched a college scholarship program in various furniture majors at North Carolina State University.
He was former director of The Bernice Bienstock Furniture Library, High Point; former president of Southern Furniture Manufacturers Association; former chairman and director of the International Woodworking Machinery and Furniture Supply Fair-USA; director emeritus of the American Furniture Manufacturers Association; former secretary and director of the Furniture Foundation Inc.; former member of High Point University Home Furnishings Board; former member of High Point University Home Furnishings Marketing advisory committee; former member of the advisory board of Atlanta Market Center; chairman and president of American Furniture Manufacturers Association, 1981-1982; and board of governors for the Dallas and Atlanta furniture markets.
He was the recipient of the following awards: June 1987, Brotherhood Award, the National Conference of Christians and Jews; December 1987, “Man of the Year” for 1987 by the Home Furnishings Association of Delaware Valley; March 1988 “Chief Executive of the Year” by “Financial World” magazine, chosen from 2,549 U.S. public companies with sales exceeding $100 million; 1988, Distinguished Service Award from American Furniture Manufacturers Association; 1991, Alumnus of the Year, Virginia Commonwealth University; and in 1999, Inducted into the American Furniture Hall of Fame.
He was involved with several civic, community and charitable activities and made numerous contributions. He served as former president of the Richmond, Jaycees; on the High Point Regional Hospital Board for several years and was former chairman of High Point Regional Hospital (1991-1993); He served on the Presbyterian Home board in High Point. He was a former executive in residence at Virginia Commonwealth University; a former trustee of Elon College in Elon. He served on the board of North Carolina National Bank, High Point; Wachovia Bank & Trust Co., High Point; director of North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry; governor's advisory committee on Travel and Tourism; provided leadership in company and individual support for the United Way and was a member of the Tocqueville Group; and was a U.S. Army/Air Force veteran.
Also surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Valerie Hunziker Richardson and her husband, Craig, of Ashburn, Va., and Pamela Hunziker McDorman and her husband, Wayne of Arlington, Va.; and a brother Robert Hunziker of Huntsville, Ala.
Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, High Point, by the Rev. Glenn E. Busch. A private service will be in Richmond. Visitation will be 5-7 tonight at the High Point residence.
Memorials may be directed to: National Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 1501 NW Ninth Ave., Miami, Fla. 33136, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 108 W. Farriss Ave., High Point, N.C. 27262 or Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, N.C. 27262.
Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point, is in charge of arrangements.
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Mrs. Martha Merritt Peterson, 58, died Feb. 8, 2001.
Memorial service was held Feb. 11 at Croyle Funeral Home. Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. Saturday at Ridge Funeral Home, Asheboro.
Mrs. Robbie Woodell Shackleford, 68, of 296 Gregory St. died Feb. 11, 2001, at her residence.
Funeral will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Westwood Baptist Church. Visitation will be 7-8:30 tonight at the church.
Brooks & White Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Maggie Goins Whitfield, 88, of Tru-Care Inc. died Feb. 12, 2001, at the home.
She was born May 23, 1912, in Surry County, a daughter of Sawn and Betty Jessup Goins. She was a retired homemaker and a member of Burton Street Missionary Methodist Church. On Dec. 29, 1932, she was married to Arthur G. Whitfield, who preceded her in death March 27, 1972. She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Brenda Whitfield; a son, Hollis Whitfield; and a granddaughter, Naomi Marsh.
Surviving are two daughters, JoAnn Proctor of Thomasville and Carolyn Watts and her husband, Marvin, of Thomasville; three stepdaughters, Vernell Lance of Lexington, Frances Kearns and her husband, Jack, of Archdale, and Vailee Moore and her husband, Buddy, of Thomasville; two sons, the Rev. Bobby Whitfield and his wife, Mary Jo, of Efland, and Gene Whitfield and his wife, Judy, of Trinity; a stepson, the Rev. Bud Whitfield of Kernersville; a sister, Mrs. Verlie Martinez of Biscoe; 24 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; and 22 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Burton Street Missionary Methodist Church by the Rev. Jeff Burton and the Rev. Otis Goins. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be 7-9 tonight at Sechrest Funeral Service, Archdale.
Memorials may be directed to the Residents Fund, c/o Tru-Care Inc., 303 Aldridge Road, Archdale, N.C. 27263 or Burton Street Missionary Baptist Church, 1309 Burton St., High Point, N.C. 27262.
Mrs. Bernice Irene Wyant, 80, of Liberty Arms Apartments, died Feb. 11, 2001.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home.
Willis R. “Bill” Buskirk, 76, died Feb. 18, 2001, at Goodland Regional Medical Center.
Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Mountain time Tuesday in Goodland Cemetery.
Koons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Marsha Brower Clewis, 48, of 3017-I Ingleside Drive, died Feb. 17, 2001, at her residence after a lengthy illness.
She was born in High Point, June 1, 1952, a daughter of Rufus Wade Brower and Dorothy Gilliam Brower. On June 19, 1992, she was married to Thomas Jerry Clewis Jr., who survives of the home. She was a homemaker, a member of Archdale Church of the Nazarene and a graduate of Allen Jay High School.
Also surviving are her parents, of High Point; a daughter, Michelle Vaughn of High Point; a brother, Gary Brower, and his wife, Lisa, of High Point; a grandson, David Shane Lucas of High Point; two nieces, Kelly and Kayla Brower, both of High Point; and a dear cousin, Karen Hardwick of Fayetteville.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. today at the chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service, Archdale by the Rev. Bill Sessoms. Burial will be in Floral Garden Park Cemetery. Visitation will be at the residence of her parents, 1574 Kersey Valley Road.
Mrs. Sonya Williams Dismuke, 38, went to be with the Lord Feb. 17, 2001.
She was a loving wife and mother and also a dedicated professional, who put her all in everything she did.
Surviving are her husband and her best friend, Lynn; her children, Hannah, Joshua and Michael; her mother, Ann Williams of Southport; her father, Jimmy Williams of Trinity; and a brother, Chris Williams of Archdale.
A celebration of life service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church of Cary, 218 S. Academy St. Visitation will be 7-9 tonight at Cary Funeral Home, 3700 Cary Parkway NW.
Memorials may be directed to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of America, 4320 Bland Road, Raleigh, N.C. 27609.
Mrs. Kathy Diane Foster Galloway, 51, of Ashford Circle died Feb. 19, 2001, at High Point Regional Hospital.
She was born May 21, 1949, in High Point, a daughter of Jimmy and Mary McAlister Foster. She was employed with Sebastian Mattress in customer service. She was a member of Christ United Methodist Church. She was a friend to all. She was preceded in death by three daughters, Kimberly Dawn, Cathy Renea and Olivia Jean Thomas.
Surviving are her husband, Troy Galloway of the residence; a son, Christopher Montgomery Thomas and his wife, Melissa, of Thomasville; a brother, Danny Foster and his wife, Vicki, of High Point; a sister, Judy Norton and her husband, Gene, of Asheville; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Harold C. Davis Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Brian Cornell and the Rev. Glenn Myers. Burial will be in Floral Garden Park Cemetery. Visitation will be 7-8:30 tonight at the funeral home.
Mrs. Rosa Belle Todd Wilder Goude, 78, of 1901 N. Centennial St. died Feb. 18, 2001.
She was born Sept. 26, 1922, in Georgetown County, S.C., a daughter of Henry and Louella Jacobs Todd. She was a nurse at Georgetown Hospital. She was a member of First Baptist Church in High Point and a former member of First Baptist Church in Georgetown. She was first married to Horace Wesley LeGran Wilder, who preceded her in death. She later married Ralph Atkinson Goude, who survives of the residence. She also was preceded in death by a son, Horace Legran Wilder; a sister, Mary Agnes Adams; and a brother, Benny Todd.
Also surviving are two sons, Stanley Wesley Wilder of Conway, S.C., and Larry Christopher Wilder of Charleston, W.Va.; a daughter, Jeri Shaw of Alexandria, La.; a stepdaughter, Linda Crotts of High Point; a stepson, Francel Goude of Jamestown; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; six stepgrandchildren; and seven stepgreat-grandchildren.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the chapel of Mayer Funeral Home, Georgetown, S.C. Burial will be in Pennyroyal Memorial Gardens, Georgetown. Visitation will be 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Cumby Family Funeral Service is in charge of local arrangements.
Ms. Helen Hargove, 50, of 1117 Carter St. died Feb. 19, 2001, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Gilmore Funeral Service of High Point.