February 5, 2014,
Herb E. Hester Sr., longtime industry executive
TUPELO, Miss. - Veteran furniture executive Herb E. Hester Sr. has died. He was 75.
His career in furniture spanned more than 50 years. Hester started in the industry as an upholstery buyer at Montgomery Ward. He then shifted to the manufacturing side of the business, where he held executive positions at Nelson Bros. and Deville Furniture before becoming founder and president of Caye Home Furnishings, whose brands included Stratford and Stratolounger.
He was one of the pioneers in exploring manufacturing offshore, eventually partnering with a Chinese firm, Mengnue Group. That company would later build a thriving manufacturing facility in China known as Gelin Mfg.
Hester's family told Furniture/Today that he lived a full life that centered around his family, faith, and a career he loved. Describing him as a man who strove every day to work harder than he had the day before, they said that during the times he wasn't working, Hester spent time with his wife, son, daughter-in-law, and his two grandchildren.
He was also an active, charter member of The Orchard United Methodist Church. The family requests that memorial donations be sent to Women First Resource Center, 215 N. Gloster St., Suite D, Tupelo, Miss. 38804, or to NMMC Inpatient Hospice Unit, 422 A East President, Tupelo, Miss. 38804.
Newman ‘Bernie' Bernstein, bedding veteran
PALM DESERT, Calif. - Newman "Bernie" Bernstein, a veteran of the bedding and furniture industries, has died at his home here. He was 83.
He was a longtime sales manager for Whittier, Calif.-based bed frame source Bedline, which was later purchased by Leggett & Platt. Bernstein remained with Leggett & Platt as West Coast sales manager for years.
Later, he formed furniture import company Dream makers with his sons, Randy and Ronald. That company also was acquired by Leggett & Platt. Newman Bernstein retired about 15 years ago.
He is survived by his wife, two sons, a daughter and six grandchildren.
ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, N.J. - Donald Einson, a former sales representative for Parker House, died at his home here Jan. 15. He was 67.
In 2011, Einson received the 2011 Salesman of the Year Award for the Parker House Case Goods Division.
He is survived by his wife, Harriet (Max) Fish-Einson, and her children and grandchildren. Donations are preferred in Einson's memory to Monmouth County SPCA, 260 Wall St., Eatontown, N.J. 07724.