Tara Currier, manager of the DDA, expressed sympathies from the organization, to Finchum’s family, in a press release.
“On behalf of the board of directors, we extend our deepest sympathies to Harry’s family and his many friends,” Currier said. “Harry was an integral part of the DDA, and many benefitted greatly from his thoughtfulness, integrity and commitment to the community. What has been truly evident during Harry’s time as chairman of the board was his long-standing connection with the people of Cartersville. He was indeed one of a kind and he will be missed.”
Finchum was first appointed to the DDA board in 2005 before being elected chairman two years later. He continued serving as chairman until his death.
He was born in Winchester, Va., in 1933 and came to Cartersville with his wife, Peggy, after retiring from a career in the paper industry. During his retirement, he opened and operated Wall Street Cigar at 10 S. Wall St. for a number of years.
It was the cigar store where Saunders Jones III, a fellow DDA board member, came to know Finchum.
“I had fond memories of meeting a couple buddies of mine and coming down to his shop, hanging out with him, spending some time learning about the different cigars and whatnot and catching up with him on what’s going on in the community. ... Just kindling a friendship over a couple of cigars,” Jones said.
Finchum was heavily involved with the DDA after opening his business and continued working with the organization until his death, Jones added.
“He was passionate about the community, passionate about the DDA and I heard the story that even as [recently as] last week he was wanting to see the minutes of the meetings and was interested in what’s going on. He [still] wanted to be a part of the cause of the DDA. That’s just the kind of guy he was. ...
“Obviously, we’re going to miss him, but his spirit [is with us] and what he was trying to do is what we keep in mind every day as we continue to do the things that he would want us to do as our mission for the DDA,” Jones said.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time. Parnick Jennings Funeral Home and Cremation Services will make the arrangements available later this week.