Former Havertys chairman Clarence Ridley dies at 69
Furniture Today Staff -- Furniture Today, May 11, 2012
ATLANTA — Clarence "Clancy" Ridley, chairman emeritus of Havertys and the retailer's former chairman, died here Thursday after a brief illness. He was 69.
Ridley was chairman of the Atlanta-based Top 100 company from 2001 to 2010 and served as a director there since 1979. Prior to that, he was a senior partner at law firm King & Spalding, where, during part of his 30-year tenure, he was chairman of its policy committee and leader of its corporate department.
Ridley was a great grandson of Havertys founder J.J. Haverty and nephew of former Chairman and President Rawson Haverty Sr.
"Clancy contributed enormously to Havertys, his clients and the community throughout an illustrious career and will be greatly missed," Havertys President and CEO Clarence Smith said in a statement.
Ridley also had been involved in the Furniture Retailers of America, a group of primarily large stores fighting the antidumping petition that targeted Chinese wood bedroom imports. Ridley's old law firm, meanwhile, was on the opposite side representing the petitioners.
In Atlanta, Ridley also was on the board of Crawford & Co., Ridgeworth Funds, the Carter Center and the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. He held degrees from Yale University, Harvard Business School and the University of Virginia Law School and was an honorary life trustee of St. Joseph's Health System and a member of the founding board of trustees of the Atlanta Girls School.
He is survived by his wife, Eleanor Horsey Ridley, two daughters and two grandsons.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m. at Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree Road N.E., Atlanta, Ga., 30305. Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.