On Friday, June 22, a former cohort of ours lost a long and valiant battle with cancer. David Granger Carr (pictured left and in front in a 1996 McAlpine Tankersley staff photo) worked alongside us for many years. His wicked sense of humor and Southern gothic charm kept us in smiles and tears for a youthful period in our firm’s history. He began working as an assistant to Bobby McAlpine and his natural born style gradually led him to helping Bobby artfully decorate some of our house interiors, a few of which are pictured below. This decorating seed led to the creation of McAlpine Booth & Ferrier, an internationally recognized interior design firm and our sister company. Later on, he helmed AD Antiquities, Bobby’s Birmingham, Alabama based interior furnishings boutique. Following the closing of AD, Granger left us and began anew as an interior designer in his own right, working on projects across the globe. He and his faithful dog, Skibo, finally lighted into a bucolic cottage in Highlands, North Carolina.
Often on staff retreats, Granger would inevitably disappear for a day or so, only to return with the phrase “Y’all won’t believe what just happened to me”. A long and comic tale (Granger was educated as a writer) would accompany the excuse, keeping us all enthralled and appalled the whole time. Unfortunately, we won’t be rewarded with a dramatic narrative as a result of Granger’s latest departure. I’ve no doubt, however, that we would still be amazed at what’s happening to our lost associate, now on his greatest jaunt.