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Furniture company executive

Robert Henkel Spilman, American furniture company executive. Named Humanitarian of Year, City of Hope, 1982; named to Furniture Hall of Fame, 2005; recipient Best Chief Executive Officer Home Furnishing Industry award, Wall Street Transcript, 1981, 1982.


Spilman, Robert Henkel was born on September 27, 1927 in Knoxville, Tennessee, United States. Son of Robert Redd and Lila (Henkel) Spilman.


Bachelor of Science, North Carolina State University, 1950.


With, Cannon Mills, 1950-1957;with, Bassett Table Company, Virginia, 1957-1960;director, Bassett Furniture Industries Inc., since 1960;executive vice president, Bassett Furniture Industries Inc., 1966;president, Bassett Furniture Industries Inc., 1966-1989;Chief Executive Officer, Bassett Furniture Industries Inc., since 1979;chairman, Bassett Furniture Industries Inc., since 1982. Board directors Pittston Company, Greenwich, Connecticut, Nations Bank Corporation, Charlotte, Trinova Corporation, Maumee, Ohio, Dominion Resources, Inc., Richmond, Virginia, Dominion Energy, Richmond, Virginia Elec. & Power Company; Chairman, Board Of Directors Jefferson-Pilot Corporation, Greensboro, North Carolina, International Home Furnishing Center, High Point, North Carolina.

Member of advisory board Liberty Mutual Insurance Company.


Trustee Virginia Foundation Indiana Colls., Darden School Foundation, North Carolina State University. Board directors Blue Ridge Airport Authority. Lieutenant United States Army, World War II and Korea.

Member American Furniture Manufacturers Association (James T. Ryan award 1984), National Furniture Manufacturers Association (board directors, past president), Furniture Factories Marketing Association (past chairman, board directors), Virginia Manufacturers Association (past director Executive Committee), Bassett Country Club, Chatmoss Country Club, Hunting Hills Country Club, Brook Club, Commonwealth Club, Linville Golf Club, Waterfront Golf Club (Moneta, Virginia), Grandfather Golf and Country Club (Linville, North Carolina).


  • Other Interests

    Avocation: fishing.


Married Martha Jane Bassett, April 2, 1955. Children: Robert Henkel Junior, Virginia Perrin, Vance Henkel.

Robert Redd Spilman

Lila (Henkel) Spilman

Martha Jane Bassett

Robert Henkel Junior Spilman

Virginia Perrin Spilman

Vance Henkel Spilman