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Industry veteran James Conerly dies at 74

CLINTON, Miss. — Furniture industry veteran James Conerly, 74, died at home with his family by his side on Aug. 13.

Conerly began his 44-year career in the furniture industry with C.H. McEwen before working for Burlington Furniture in High Point under Hubert Philpott. He spent 25 years with Dixie Furniture and retired in June from Fine Furniture Design, working for Hubert Philpott's son, Ted Philpott.

Conerly said he was never happier than when he was selling a piece of furniture to a dealer, particularly furniture in which he had a hand in designing.

Over the years he developed a strong bond with furniture representatives from across the country and developed friendships with his dealers, associates said. He was a member of both Mississippi and the International Home Furnishings Representatives Assn., serving in various positions and receiving honors including Dean of IHFRA. A Mississippi furniture trade group voted him Mr. Furniture in 1982, and a Louisiana association honored him as Louisiana's Distinguished Representative in 1986. Jackson, Miss.-based retailer Miskelly Furniture named him its Representative of the Year in 1992.

Survivors include a wife, a daughter and two granddaughters.

The family asks that any donations be made to the ALS Foundation.


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