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Frankie F. Futch (06-18-2015)
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Frankie Frisch Futch
went to be with his Lord
and Savior on June 13, 2015.
Frankie was born August
2, 1933 in Spearsville, Louisiana
to Joe R. Futch and
Marie Smith Futch. He was
the first of nine children
and he took his role as the
eldest child and protector
of his siblings very seriously.
He graduated from
Spearsville High School in
1951. He would then go to
Louisiana Tech University,
where he would achieve a
Bachelor’s and Master’s
degree, both in education.
He was passionate about
a variety of sports and enjoyed any competitive atmosphere.
During his 52 years as an educator, he enjoyed
refereeing and umpiring sporting events. Everyone knew
Coach Futch by his very unique and boisterous way of calling
balls and strikes. Frankie and his brother Terry were
recognized in 2001 by Louisiana Tech University for their
37 years of dedicated services to Louisiana Tech men’s
basketball. Not only did he relish in everything sports
related, but he was also an avid quail hunter and fi sherman.
He and his brothers spent many hours together in
and around the woods and ponds of Union Parish.
His fi rst teaching position was at Wisner High School
in 1955. While teaching at Wisner, he also coached the high
school football team. He began teaching at Spearsville
High School in 1956. He taught English and speech and
coached the baseball and basketball teams. He won two
state championships in baseball while at Spearsville. He
retired from the Louisiana education system in July of
1987 as the Federal Program Director for Union Parish
Schools. Ever eager to infl uence young minds, he immediately
began his education career in Arkansas. He
was named the principal of Huttig Elementary School in
August of 1987 and would remain there for the next fi ve
years. A new and exciting opportunity arose in 1992 for Mr.
Futch and his family as he would accept the position as the
elementary school principal of Union School in El Dorado,
Arkansas. His charismatic charm and professional character
helped create a strong bond with not only faculty and
students, but also the community. The 13 years he spent at
Union High School would go on to be remembered as the
happiest and most memorable years of his career. Frankie
served as an educator in Arkansas for 18 years, and then
returned to his Louisiana roots as principal of Spearsville
High School in 2005. He was principal there for two years
and then he would go on to begin a short lived retirement.
Frankie, at the age of 77, still knew he wanted to make a
difference for the students and teachers in Union Parish.
He would begin his school board member career in 2011
and served until his death in 2015.
Frankie was quite the educator and outdoorsman, but
what he lived for and loved the most was his family. He is
survived by his loving and devoted wife of 56 years, Carolyn
Gardner Futch of Spearsville, Louisiana. They have
two daughters – Carla Futch Deason and husband Russell
and Shari Futch Pilgreen and husband Gary, all of Spearsville.
He has three grandchildren – Lynsay Deason Lee
and husband Brandon, Shelby Deason and Dillon Pilgreen
and wife Nikki. He was affectionately called “G-Daddy”
by his grandchildren, but the name soon stuck with him
as he was called “G-Daddy” by his students, colleagues,
and anyone else who loved him like family. His two great
grandchildren, Landon and Felyx, were the light of his life.
He is also survived by two sisters and four brothers:
Kay Futch Scarborough of Arlington, Texas and Rosa
Futch Bass of Powder Springs, Georgia; Fred Futch and
wife Nancy of Farmerville, Ike Futch and wife Brenda of
West Monroe, Curtis Futch and wife Louise of Calhoun
and Joe Futch and wife Sue of Spearsville. He is also survived
by a sister-in-law, Jean Futch of Farmerville, and
a brother-in-law, Gary Puckett of Calhoun, along with a
host of nieces and nephews.
Frankie was an active member of First Baptist Church
in Spearsville, where he taught Sunday School for over
40 years.
Visitation will be held at First Baptist Church in Spearsville
on Wednesday, June 17, from 5-8 p.m. The funeral will
also be at First Baptist Church on Thursday, June 18, at
10 a.m., followed by burial at Spearsville Cemetery under
the direction of Farrar Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be sent to:
Spearsville Volunteer Fire Department, 2456 Louisiana
3121, Spearsville, Louisiana 71277; or Spearsville Baptist
Church, 259 Spearsville Rd., Spearsville, Louisiana 71277.