Frederick Starr Obituary (1932-2021) – Greensboro, NC

Starr, Frederick B.

December 11, 1932 – April 1, 2020

NC: The furniture industry icon Frederick Brown Starr, former President and CEO of Thomasville Furniture Industries and Natuzzi Americas, died on April 1, 2020 at Moses Cone Hospital as a result of the coronavirus.

Born December 11, 1932 in Springfield, MA, Starr joined Thomasville Furniture in 1974 and helped increase the company’s annual revenue to over $ 750 million. Starr also supported the state and the local community; in particular as President of the Piedmont Triad Partnership, Vice Chairman of UNCG, Chairman of the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, Board Member and Honorary Chairman of the PGA Wyndham Championship, Treasurer of the Reynolda House Museum of American History, Board Member of High Point University and President of the Eastern Musical Festival.

He attended St. Andrews School in Middletown, DE. After graduating from Trinity College, Fred was drafted into the army, where he excelled as a sniper and proudly defended the state of Kansas. He was always quick to remind us that there had never been any raids while he was stationed in Kansas.

Fred loved people and loved learning about their challenges and successes. He advised and influenced many of us and loved nothing more than helping many to reach their potential.

Fred leaves behind his 62-year-old wife Sue Zook Starr; three children: Jonathan Starr and Kate Schoff from Annapolis, MD, Curtis Starr and wife Amy from Fairfax, VA, and Anne Starr Denny and husband Glen from Greensboro; seven grandchildren: Will, Hannah, Sam, Calla, Natalie, Alex, and Christopher; and several nieces and nephews.

Fred Starr will be remembered as a wonderful husband, father, friend and guide who touched the hearts of many with his warmth and engaging sense of humor.

A service will be held on Friday, June 4, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 607 N. Greene St., Greensboro, NC 27401. Later in the day there will be a reception from 5:00 AM – 7:00 PM at Sedgefield Country Club. All NC COVID-19 related restrictions have been lifted. There is no mask requirement for vaccinated people. Those who are not vaccinated must wear a mask.

Everyone is welcome to celebrate the life of someone very special.

Commemorative donations can be made to St. Andrew’s School, 350 Noxontown Rd, Middletown, DE 19709 or the Eastern Music Festival, PO Box 22026, Greensboro, NC 27420.

Online reminders can be done via

Hanes-Lineberry funeral

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Published by Greensboro News & Record on June 1, 2021.

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