Gaston County textile executive J.M. 'Bip' Carstarphen dead at age 81

May 21, 2014 Full story: The Charlotte Observer

J.M. "Bip" Carstarphen, CEO of McAdenville-based Pharr Yarns, died Tuesday at CaroMont Regional Medical Center at age 81. During a career that spanned more than a half-century, he guided the company during a time of great change in the textile industry.

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Milt Gold

New Bern, NC

#1 May 22, 2014
Bip was a lot of things. Having been raised in Gaston County and after spending 40 plus years in our textile industry, I found Bip to be a leader and a gentleman. He seemed to treat everyone with trust and respect. He truly lived his life by the Golden Rule. I personally appreciated his example. What a wonderful man.
Road warrior

Gastonia, NC

#2 May 22, 2014
Sad day when the politicians ( both Dem and Rep) gave away our textile industry with NAFTA. They ruined this community.

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