Randy Short Memorial Prayer Kickoff now set for October market

HIGH POINT – Upholstery manufacturers Temple Furniture and Parker Southern have rescheduled a prayer event for October High Point Market in memory of the late Randy Short of Stanford Furniture. Originally set for the cancelled April market, the Randy Short Memorial Prayer Kickoff is now scheduled for 7:30-8:00 a.m., Oct.13, […]

HIGH POINT – Upholstery manufacturers Temple Furniture and Parker Southern have rescheduled a prayer event for October High Point Market in memory of the late Randy Short of Stanford Furniture.

Originally set for the cancelled April market, the Randy Short Memorial Prayer Kickoff is now scheduled for 7:30-8:00 a.m., Oct.13, in the common area on the third floor of the 310 N. Hamilton St. building where Temple and Parker Southern exhibit.

Short, who died last December, was founder of Stanford Furniture. After his wife, Jennifer, was in an accident, he had organized a prayer vigil that drew a large turnout of industry leaders.

“After we left the event, our team felt so refreshed to start market just by opening the week with prayer,” said Temple/Parker Southern Marketing Director Kim McRee when the event was announced earlier.  “Last market, Randy did this again. His wife was doing well, but he liked kicking the market off with prayer. We loved the idea of doing this before every market to start our week off right.

“Our hearts were broken in December when we heard that Randy passed away unexpectedly,” she continued. “Temple Furniture & Parker Southern would still like to carry on this tradition that Randy started.”

McRee had spoken with Short’s daughter about the idea, and she gave her blessing to hold the prayer event in Randy Short’s name.

“We plan on keeping this tradition alive but encourage other manufacturers to take turns in hosting this event each market,” McRee said.

I’m Powell Slaughter, senior editor at Furniture/Today. I returned to the publication in January 2015 after nine years of writing about furniture retail strategies and best practices at a monthly magazine focusing on home furnishings retail operations. Prior to that, I spent 10 years with F/T covering wood furniture, the last five of those as case goods editor. Upon my return to F/T, I developed coverage of the logistical and service aspects of the furniture industry as well as following the occasional, home office and home entertainment categories. In April 2018 I took over the upholstery category, with responsibility for coverage of the fabric and leather stationary and motion upholstery, recliners and massage chair categories.

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