OBITUARY

Charles Edgar Futch Jr.

October 2, 1931January 24, 2019
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Charles E. Futch, Jr, age 87 of Lakeland, FL passed away on Thursday, January 24, 2019. He was born on October 2, 1931 in Nokomis, FL, the son of Annice (Albritton) and Charles E. Futch, Sr. Charles was optimistic in his outlook on life and learned to be open and direct in his communication. Armed with wit and Southern charm, Charles was raised to be accepting of others. Early childhood experiences instilled in him a love of family and the desire to provide for that family through hard work and determination. Charles Edgar Futch Jr. was truly a child of the south. Raised in rural "Old" Florida he grew up with little but strong family roots and the determination to succeed in life. Sociable, analytical and pleasant Charles enjoyed life and all of its challenges. Charles was raised with four siblings and his love of family was always evident. He had three older sisters, Evelyn, Rhoda and Doris, and one younger brother, Arthur. Charles had a strong connection with his brothers and sisters and enjoyed visiting them and their families In Idaho.

Charles met Janice Marie Parks of Detroit, Michigan while she was on vacation with a girlfriend. Smitten, he wooed and won Jan's heart and they were married on June 22, 1951 in Detroit, Michigan; he was a dedicated and devoted husband to Jan until her death on January 20, 2010. Charles and Jan were blessed with four children, Susan Smith of Temple Terrace, FL, Karen Rickert of Mulberry, FL and Charles R. Futch of Lakeland, FL; ten grandchildren, Alison, Stephen, Matthew, Sharlea, Katie, Ariel, Joshua, Haley, Melody, and Natalie and nine great-grandchildren.

Charles was an Army veteran and served from 1952 to 1954 and was stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas. He achieved the rank of Corporal and worked as the company clerk. Charles was a flexible worker who was able to draw the best from others around him; he was a persuasive man and was able to think on his feet in adverse situations. He was a leader who sought positive impact through his decisions and he always tried to positively, manipulate situations and motivate others in order to get a task completed. He was a good negotiator who enjoyed new challenges. Charles could multi-task, and he was endowed with entrepreneurial spirit, allowing him to think beyond standard norms when it came to resolving issues in any environment. His primary occupation was Banker, was employed by the First National Bank in Plant City, FL, and was later the President of University State Bank in Tampa, FL. After retiring from banking he owned and operated Putt Putt Golf Course in Tampa, FL.

Charles enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. He had something of an artistic flair in many of the things that he did. He put this creativity toward all of his pastimes. His favorite pursuits included fishing, writing and traveling. An early supporter of athletics at the University of South Florida, Charles enjoyed watching their fledgling basketball team. Although content to enjoy his hobbies alone he also was willing to share his interests with others.

Other survivors include one brother, Arthur Futch and one sister, Evelyn Baldwin. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Janice Futch, two sisters, Rhoda Ternus and Doris Hatch, and one daughter, Dianne Sestile.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 pm, Monday, February 11, 2019 at Wells Memorial, 1903 W Reynolds St, Plant City, FL. Visitation will be held one hour prior, from 12:00-1:00 pm at the funeral home. Inurnment will be held in Mount Enon Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or to the American Legion.

  • FAMILY

  • Susan Smith, Daughter
  • Karen Rickert, Daughter
  • Charles R Futch, Son
  • Arthur Futch, Brother
  • Evelyn Baldwin, Sister
  • Alison, Stephen, Matthew, Sharlea, Katie Ariel, Joshua, Haley, Melody and Natalie, 10 Grandchildren
  • (9) Nine, Great-Grandchildren
  • Charles E Futch, Father
  • Annice Albritton Futch, Mother
  • Janice Futch, Wife
  • Rhoda Ternus, Sister
  • Doris Hatch, Sister
  • Dianne Sestile, Daughter

Services

  • Visitation Monday, February 11, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Monday, February 11, 2019
  • Inurnment Monday, February 11, 2019
REMEMBERING

Charles Edgar Futch Jr.

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Julia Matson

January 27, 2019

Uncle Charles was such a good man. I don't have a lot of memories of any of my Florida family but one I have is when I was 10 or 11 years old, my parents (Bert and Doris Futch Hatch) took us to Florida to see the family. We stayed part of the time at Uncle Charles' house and they took us to Disney World in their motor home. For a ranch kid from Idaho that was the coolest thing. My Southern Uncles are both gentlemen and even though I haven't spent a lot of my life with them I feel a strong family connection and love for them. My mother loved her family and even though she was 3000 miles from some of them she taught us to love, and be proud of our deep roots in the south. I bet there is a Fifth Sunday Sing going on. We miss and love our family that has passed on but are honored at what they taught us. Our prayers are with you, Julia Hatch Matson

Hazel Futch Thompson

January 27, 2019

Uncle Charles came out to Idaho in May of 2015 to help celebrate my Mom, Margaret Futch, with a great fishing week. We had some great food and fellowship with him. Always the southern gentleman with a soft southern voice. He even wrote a story about his time there. We will miss him and my next trip to Brownlee I will remember him as I catch some fish.
My sister, LuAnn, has also passed on and I think they are all up there having the biggest fish fry imaginable.

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Biography

Charles Edgar Futch Jr. was truly a child of the south. Raised in rural "Old" Florida he grew up with little but strong family roots and the determination to succeed in life. Sociable, analytical and pleasant Charles enjoyed life and all of its challenges.

      Charles was born on October 2, 1931 in Nokomis which is in Sarasota County Florida. His parents were Charles E. Futch, Sr. and Annis Albritton Futch. He was optimistic in his outlook on life and learned to be open and direct in his communication. Armed with wit and Southern charm, Charles was raised to be accepting of others. Early childhood experiences instilled in him a love of family and the desire to provide for that family through hard work and determination.

     Charles was raised with four siblings and his love of family was always evident. He had three older sisters, Evelyn, Rhoda and Doris, and one younger brother, Arthur. Charles had a strong connection with his brothers and sisters and enjoyed visiting them and their families In Idaho.

      Charles met Janice Marie Parks of Detroit, Michigan while she was on vacation with a girlfriend. Smitten, he wooed and won Jan's heart and they were married on June 22, 1951 in Detroit, Michigan. Charles was a dedicated and devoted husband to Jan until her death on January 20, 2010.

Charles and Jan were blessed with four children, three daughters, Dianne, Susan and Karen, and one son Charles. They were also blessed with ten grandchildren, Alison, Stephen, Matthew, Sharlea, Katie, Ariel, Joshua, Haley, Melody, and Natalie and nine great-grandchildren.

      Charles was a flexible worker who was able to draw the best from others around him. He was a persuasive man and was able to think on his feet in adverse situations. He was a leader who sought positive impact through his decisions. Charles always tried to positively manipulate situations and motivate others in order to get a task completed. He was a good negotiator who enjoyed new challenges. Charles could multi-task, and he was endowed with entrepreneurial spirit, allowing him to think beyond standard norms when it came to resolving issues in any environment. His primary occupation was Banker and he was employed by the First National Bank in Plant City, FL and was later the President of University State Bank in Tampa, FL. After retiring from banking he owned and operated Putt Putt Golf Course in Tampa, FL.

      Charles was an Army veteran and served from 1952 to 1954 and was stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas. He achieved the rank of Corporal and worked as the company clerk.

      Charles enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. He had something of an artistic flair in many of the things that he did. He put this creativity toward all of his pastimes. His favorite pursuits included fishing, writing and traveling. An early supporter of athletics at the University of South Florida Charles enjoyed watching their fledgling basket ball team. Although content to enjoy his hobbies alone he also was willing to share his interests with others.

      Travel and vacations were experiences that Charles truly enjoyed. He preferred to take his time traveling from one destination to another and the scenery and people he met were part of the adventure. He was willing to leave his plans open and flexible, just in case something more interesting came along. Favorite vacations included Alaska and visiting family in Idaho.

      In retirement, he found new pleasure in writing. He co-authored two books, WILD AND WOOLEY and SAWMILL, with cousin, Alvin C. Futch.

      Charles passed away on January 24, 2019 at South Florida Baptist Hospital in Plant City, Florida. Charles was laid to rest in Mt. Enon Cemetery in Plant City, Florida.