October 25, 2010

Grandpa Furr: 1926 - 2010

Archie (Art) Lee Furr, 84, passed away Monday, September 20, 2010 at Harrisburg Hospital. Born June 16, 1926 in Stanley County, North Carolina, Art was the son of the late Alanzo and Lona (Turner) Furr. He graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in engineering and completed his post-graduate studies at Syracuse University. Art was a U.S. Navy Veteran of World War II, having served on the lighter-than-air blimp squadron in Lakehurst, New Jersey. He was married to Anita Perrucci on December 29, 1951.

Art began his professional career in New York working for IBM. In 1965, he relocated from Port Chester, New York to Pennsylvania as part of his promotion to General Manager of the IBM plant in Mechanicsburg. Beginning in 1975, Art spent several years in Paris, France as an expatriate for IBM, returning again to Mechanicsburg in 1977. After 32 years at IBM, Art qualified for an early retirement. He later moved to Boston, Massachusetts where he accepted a position as Director of Logistics at Wang Laboratories. After several years at Wang, Art moved to Anaheim, California where he was Vice President at Anacomp. After leaving Anacomp, Art returned once again to Mechanicsburg where he spent the remainder of his retirement in real estate sales.

Four generations of FurrsArt, Larry, Larry, and AvaDecember 21, 2007

Art was a member of the Silver Spring Presbyterian Church and the Mechanicsburg Club. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Anita on March 15, 1997; and sister, Barbara Ann Allman. Art is survived by his wife, Kathleen (Yeager) Furr; four children, Cheri Fisher of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, Durand Furr of New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, Larry Furr of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, and Teri Furr of Hoboken, New Jersey; five grandsons, Larry, Ryan, Daniel, Jamison, and Jordan; a granddaughter, Annie; and three great grandchildren, Ava, Abigail, and Christian.


These are some pictures from Art and Anita's wedding...

The bride and groom

Anita getting ready

Anita with her parents Cosimo and Lee

Arriving at the wedding ceremony

Anita being escorted by her father Cosimo

And here are some pictures of Art while he was with IBM...


Sally said...

He sounds like he was a wonderful man! I'm sorry for your loss. May you find peace in all your memories of him. Those pictures are just stunning.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful tribute, Larry. The pictures were wonderful. Do you think that Ava looks a bit like Anita?
It sounds as if your grandfather lived a very rich, full life.--Kristy