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Longtime store owner Calvin Coolidge Murrow dies at 88

SOUTHPORT, N.C. — Longtime furniture store owner Calvin Coolidge Murrow has died at age 88.

After serving in the Marine Corps during World War II, Murrow and his brothers, Bill and John, founded Murrow Transfer Co., which grew to have more than 200 employees, serving 22 states.

In 1957 Murrow opened Country Furniture Co. and sold new and used furniture. In 1979 he founded Murrow Furniture Galleries of Wilmington, N.C., and in the 1980s opened The Furniture Patch in Calabash, N.C. In the 1990s he expanded and built Southland Furniture in Little River, S.C.

Murrow served as a North Carolina state senator from 1969 to 1977. From 1973 to 1976, he was a member and chairman of the North Carolina State Ports Authority and was reappointed to serve again in 1985.

He is survived by his wife, son, daughter, three grandchildren and two sisters.

Memorial donations may be made to S.O.A.R., Southport Oak Island Animal Rescue, 3376 St. Charles Place SE, Southport, N.C. 28461. Please mark donations "Murrow Memorial."

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