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Frankie Furr – Photographer and Everyone’s Friend | Local News

Beth McLaughlin Special for the Independent Tribune

CONCORD — Stop the presses; our beloved Frankie Furr has passed away.

At 81, Furr passed away peacefully at Atrium Medical Center on Sunday morning, Jan. 30, after succumbing to congestive heart failure.

For 42 of his 81 years, Furr worked for the Independent Tribune and its predecessor, The Concord Tribune. He started in the make-up room of the old Trib, first putting the police on his mind, then helping out in the news department when he learned he could be paid extra to cover football games on Fridays. evening.

He learned how to take pictures of these games and develop the prints on time, becoming the newspaper’s go-to photographer. On the occasion of his retirement in 2002, he recounted some of the highs and lows of his career.

He said the Kerr Bleachery fire was the craziest thing he’s photographed. Most moving was the return from Desert Storm of local National Guard troops. He traveled to Fort Bragg for this homecoming. The saddest thing he ever shot was a house fire on Goldfish Road which claimed the lives of children.

But it was by covering the daily life and times of the county for four decades that Furr made his mark. He took pictures of everyone and everything, including chicken dinners and fish fry fundraisers, presidents, governors and visiting politicians, beauty queens (he really liked queens of beauty), election nights, school kids, superstar stock car racers, the county fair, local notables doing their grip-and-grins, villains, saints, sinners – just everyone.