He was born in Cadiz, KY, on January 10, 1949, the son of Leon Futrell and the late Eunice Stewart Futrell. After graduating from Trigg County High School in 1967, he attended Draughons’s Business College in Paducah, KY. He served three years in the United States Army as an aircraft technical inspector and crew chief and was a Vietnam Veteran. He continued his support for the armed forces by his membership in the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars.
Having a special gift for mechanics, he enjoyed a life-long love of drag racing as well as building and restoring antique automobiles and trucks. He was happiest in his shop busily working on his latest project.
After earning his journeyman’s license in tool making at Kentucky Machine and Engineering in Cadiz, KY, he taught machine shop for five years at the Christian County Area Vocational Education Center in Hopkinsville, KY.
He began working in 1985 at the General Electric Aircraft Engine plant in Madisonville, KY and had just retired from there February 1, 2009.
Charles was preceded in death by his mother, Eunice Stewart Futrell.
Survivors include his wife of twenty-three years, Ann Kirk Futrell, and his daughter, Joenelle Lorraine Futrell; his father, Leon Futrell, of Cadiz, KY; his brother Jimmy Futrell, and his wife Wendy, of Cadiz, KY; a niece, Joanna Futrell and a nephew, Jeremy Futrell and his wife Leigh Ann and a great niece, Ensley Ann Futrell.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at Goodwin Funeral Home in Cadiz, KY with the Reverends Norman Ellis and Robert McIntosh officiating. Burial will be at the East End Cemetery in Cadiz, KY.
Expression of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the Salvation Army, 304 East 7th Street, Hopkinsville, KY 42240 or James Brown Cancer Center, 529 South Jackson Street, Louisville, KY 40201.