Willard D. Futrell

Published 12:28 pm Tuesday, August 7, 2018

MURFREESBORO – Willard Davis Futrell, age 82 of Murfreesboro, passed away on August 4, 2018 at the Rich Square Manor in Rich Square, NC.

He was born on March 19, 1936 to Fitzhugh and Learlie Futrell of Northampton County, NC. Willard attended Chowan College and was the head resident at West Hall. He had tremendous love for Northampton County. He was married to Peggy Britt in 1957 and they enjoyed sixty-two years of marriage.

Willard served his country in both the Air Force and Navy for thirty-three years. He achieved the rank Master Chief Petty Officer for US Navy, retiring in 1987. He is honored in the United States Navy Memorial in Washington DC and the Veterans Memorial in Conway.


Willard was the facilities manager of home of the Vice President of the United States. He was also facility manager for the United States Department of Commerce and other federal agency’s.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Learlie Davis Futrell; father, Fitzhugh Lee Futrell, Sr.; sisters, Mae Futrell, Pearl Lyles, Addie Ricks, Millie Dixon and Annie Estell Futrell; and brothers, Melton, Fitzhugh L. “Dick” Jr, Roy T, William Curtis, and Talton Futrell.

Willard is survived by his wife, Peggy Britt Futrell of Murfreesboro; two daughters, Terri Futrell Hobson of Raleigh, NC and Tammy Futrell Ourand and her husband Steve of Virginia Beach, VA; three sisters, Jean Bradshaw of Franklin, VA, Marion Ester Gavin of Atlanta, GA and Ann Harris Mitchell of Emporia, VA; brother, Dalton Futrell and his wife Betty Lou of Tybee Island, GA; three grandsons, Brian Hobson and his wife Carly of Stafford, VA, Lee Ourand and Jess Ourand of New York City, NY; four grandchildren, Brian Hobson and his wife Carly of Stafford, VA, Lee and Jess Ourand of New York City, NY and Brittney of Myrtle Beach, SC; and four great grandchildren, Conner, Ella, Madeline and Marshall Hobson of Stafford, VA. Also surviving are numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 from 6:00-7:00 pm at Garrett-Sykes Memorial Chapel in Murfreesboro.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 2:00 pm at the Ashley’s Grove Baptist Church in Conway, NC with the Rev. David Ross officiating. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Murfreesboro.

Memorial contributions may be made directly to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 8th Ave, Seventh Floor, New York, NY 10001 or online by visiting www.tmcfunding.com/search then type Willard Futrell.

Garrett-Sykes Memorial Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Futrell family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting www.garrettsykesfs.com.