Elmo Futrell

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Perry Elmo Futrell, Jr.​

Mayor of Pineville
Rapides Parish, Louisiana, USA
In office
July 1962​ – July 1966​
Preceded by George B. Hoffman ​
Succeeded by Floyd Smith

Born October 7, 1916​
Pollock, Grant Parish
Louisiana​
Died December 4, 1993 (aged 77)​
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas
Resting place Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Ball, Louisiana
Nationality American
Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) Mildred Russell Futrell (married 1940-1993, his death)​
Children Ronnie Elmo Futrell​

Russell W. Futrell
Sandra Gail Futrell Kirkpatrick​

Alma mater Northwestern State University
Occupation Real estate broker ​

United States Army in World War II

Religion Southern Baptist

Perry Elmo Futrell, Jr. (October 7, 1916 – December 4, 1993),[1] was a real estate broker and appraiser who served from 1962 to 1966 as the Democratic mayor of Pineville, Louisiana.[2]

Background

Futrell was born in rural Pollock in Grant Parish north of Pineville to Perry Futrell, Sr. (1891–1986), and the former Amanda N. "Mandy" Willett (1890–1977). In the 1930 U.S. Census, the Futrells were living in Catahoula Parish in eastern Louisiana.​[3] Futrell was living with his parents and two younger siblings in Dry Prong in Grant Parish at the time of the 1940 census.[4]

On July 1, 1942, Futrell enlisted at Camp Beauregard in Pineville into the United States Army Air Corps, the forerunner to the Air Force.[5]

Futrell performed appraisal work for the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. In 1975, in a suit regarding five acres of property off U.S. Highway 71 northwest of Campti in Natchitoches Parish, the state sought to declare Futrell as an expert appraiser. The trial judge immediately agreed that Futrell had the qualifications to appraise the property: "I don't want to cut you short, but Mr. Futrell has been qualified numerous times in this court, and I would be willing to accept him on the basis of what I already know about him."[6]​​

Term as mayor

In the Democratic primary elections held on April 7, 1962, Futrell unseated the one-term Mayor George B. Hoffman[7] (May 16, 1910 – January 14, 2000),[8][9] previously the city marshal and a United Methodist layman. Hoffman's wife, the former Lorraine Carmen Barron (1911-1996), was the organist at the First United Methodist Church in Pineville.[10]

In 1963, after less than a year in office, Futrell and the five-member city council faced a recall attempt after Pineville police began the shooting on sight of stray dogs, a policy issued because of several instances of dog bites. The petition signers also objected to the city having initiated a street improvement campaign which charged residents directly for the costs of paving. Johnnie A. Mounce, who owned seven dogs and operated an outboard motor business, launched a petition to remove the officials. "It's awful the way they’ve been running down and shooting dogs in streets and in yards. They’ve already hit one child. And then, they're forcing people to pay for paving their streets. People who can't pay can lose their homes. I just don’t think it's right. So I’m trying to call for another election," Mounce said. Futrell said that the law calling for the shooting of stray dogs has been on the books for years but rarely previously enforced. Futrell ordered the crackdown but stressed only dogs whose owners could not be located or those animals which could not be caught were being shot.[11]

In 1964, his third year in office, Futrell was named "Mayor of the Year" by the Louisiana Municipal Association.[12] Despite weathering the recall attempt and "Mayor of the Year" honors, Futrell was narrowly unseated in the Democratic primary election in the spring of 1966 by his fellow Democrat, Floyd Smith, a native of Winnfield.[2] After a single term as mayor, Smith was succeeded in 1970 by Fred H. Baden, who held the post for twenty-eight consecutive years.​

Family life

Of German descent,[13] Futrell was married to the former Mildred Russell (1921-2011), a native of Jena in LaSalle Parish, whom he met at Northwestern State University. After his death, she left Pineville to live in Baton Rouge.[14] The couple had two sons, Ronnie Elmo Futrell (1949-2015), a Louisiana College graduate and warden at the Work Training Facility-North, who was married to the former Elizabeth Gay Sontag;[15] and Russell W. Futrell (born 1953) of Baton Rouge, who was in Saudi Arabia at the time of his father's death. Their daughter, Sandra Gail Futrell Kirkpatrick (born 1945) of Baton Rouge, is the widow of Thomas Killgore Kirkpatrick (1944–2009), a son of political figures Claude Kirkpatrick and Edith Killgore Kirkpatrick. The couple married in 1965 at the First Baptist Church of Pineville.[16]

Futrell had two surviving sisters, Pauline F. Cain and Gladys F. Morrison, both of Pineville, and five grandchildren.[1] Grandson William Marshall "Bill" Futrell (1972-2009), one of two sons of Ronnie and Elizabeth Futrell, a veteran of the Louisiana National Guard, and a law enforcement officer, died in Pineville at the age of thirty-seven.[17]

Futrell was a deacon at the First Baptist Church of Pineville, often considered the home church for Louisiana College. He died in Dallas, Texas, at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, then known as Zale Lipshy University Hospital. Perry and Mildred Futrell are interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Ball to the north of Pineville.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Perry Elmo Futrell Jr.. The Baton Rouge Advocate (December 6, 1993). Retrieved on May 25, 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Services set for former Pineville Mayor Futrell", The Alexandria Town Talk, December 6, 1993, p. D-3.
  3. Elmo Futrell (Catahoula Parish). us-census.mooseroots.com. Retrieved on March 27, 2019.
  4. Perry E. Futrell in the 1940 Census. archives.com. Retrieved on July 15, 2015.
  5. [http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?gss=angs-g&new=1&rank=1&msT=1&gsfn=Perry+Elmo&gsln=Futrell%2c+Jr.&mswpn__ftp=Pineville%2c+Rapides%2c+Louisiana%2c+USA&mswpn=34422&mswpn_PInfo=8-%7c0%7c1652393%7c0%7c2%7c3246%7c21%7c0%7c2485%7c34422%7c0%7c&MSAV=1&cp=0&catbucket=rstp&uidh=upc&pcat=ROOT_CATEGORY&h=5200192&recoff=7+8+9&db=WWIIenlist&indiv=1&ml_rpos=27 Perry E. Futrell, Jr., in ​ the U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946]. Search.ancestry.com. Retrieved on March 27, 2019.
  6. State, Department of Highways v. Smith (1975). leagle.com (January 28, 1976). Retrieved on July 16, 2015.
  7. Municipal; Election Returns Cited. The Monroe News-Star (April 9, 1962). Retrieved on July 16, 2015.
  8. George Hoffman. mocavo.com. Retrieved on July 25, 2015.
  9. Cemetery records, Greenwood Memorial Park, Pineville, Louisiana
  10. William Simpson (May 2006). History of Pineville United Methodist Church 51–52. pinevillefumc.org. Retrieved on July 16, 2015.
  11. Angry Canine Owner's Recall Drive Pushed. The Monroe News-Star (April 18, 1963). Retrieved on July 11, 2015.
  12. Four from Area Get LMA Honors. The Monroe News-Star (March 23, 1964). Retrieved on July 5, 2015.
  13. Futrell Family Crest, Coat of Arms. houseofnames.com. Retrieved on July 11, 2015.
  14. Mildred Futrell obituary. The Baton Rouge Morning Advocate (July 29, 2011). Retrieved on May 25, 2015.
  15. Ronnie E. Futrell. The Alexandria Town Talk. Retrieved on May 25, 2015.
  16. Miss Futrell is bride of Thomas Kirkpatrick. The Monroe News-Star (August 15, 1965). Retrieved on July 15, 2015.
  17. William Marshall "Bill" Futrell. findagrave.com. Retrieved on July 5, 2015.

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