Charlie Morton Futrell

August 31, 1942 - March 28, 2023
Charlie Morton Futrell

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We are saddened to announce Charlie M. Futrell, 80, of Wilmington, NC, passed away March 28, 2023 at Lower Cape Fear Life Care after a brave and determined fight against cancer.

Charlie was born August 31, 1942 in Duplin County to Willie and Mary Futrell and graduated from Chinquapin High School.

Charlie attended Forsyth Technical Institute and earned a degree in Diesel Mechanics. He was then honored to serve in the United States military with the Navy Seabees in Vietnam. He retired from Bell South after 30 years of service.

Charlie is survived by his wife of over 50 years, Jeanette, daughter Kristie Anderson (Scott), son Jason Morton, two granddaughters Hannah and Ella, sister Jackie Blanchard and sister-in-law Hettie Massey. His extended family included many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Charlie was known around town as the Wrightsboro Collard Man for his delicious and beautiful collards and could be found working on lawnmowers, envisioning and building his latest DIY project, fishing, volunteering with the Seabees and helping neighbors in need through the WBC Handyman Ministry which included building ramps among other home improvement needs. He was also a proud member of the Navy Seabee Veterans of America Island X5 – Cape Fear, Vietnam Veterans of America and American Legion.

He was a member of Wrightsboro Baptist Church, was admired and loved by all that knew him and will be tremendously missed.

A graveside service will be held at Greenlawn Cemetery at 11 am Friday Wilmington, N. C.

The family would like to express their appreciation to the following individuals: Arnold Murray, Barbara Hill, Kathy Dombroski, Barbara Blandine, Cindy Work, Dr. Dubinsky along with the wonderfully caring nurses at Novant, Zimmer Center and the Radiation department who treated him with such kindness and as if he was the only patient there that day.

In lieu of flowers donations may be directed in Charlie’s name to Lower Cape Fear LifeCare in Wilmington, NC.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation 1535 S. 41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099


Friday, March 31, 2023
11:00 AM

Greenlawn Memorial Park - Directions
1311 Shipyard Blvd
Wilmington, North Carolina 28412
(910) 799-1686

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  • March 30, 2023
    Elizabeth Elkins Bell says:
    I’ve known Charlie for quite a few years. He was a kind, gentle, hard working, fun loving man with a lot of interests. He is gone too soon, but we all know where he is and look forward to seeing him again one day.

  • March 30, 2023
    Chip Hering says:
    Wishing fair winds and following seas to a fellow member our Seabee Veterans of America Island X5. Charlie always had a cheerful spirit and a willing hand. We will miss him greatly.

  • March 30, 2023
    David & Pam Futch lit a candle:
    Lit since March 30, 2023 at 3:17:35 PM

  • March 30, 2023
    Marsha Edens Vaulder says:
    Jeanette and Family, My heart shattered when I saw those eyes in the obits Tuesday evening. I didn’t even have to see the rest of his face. I knew that was our buddy Charlie. To all of us who knew him, worked with him or worshipped with him or just had “heard of the “collard man”, we all can say our world has been a better place with him in it. I know too, if anyone was ready to met his GOD it was Charlie. I don’t think I ever saw Charlie without a smile on his face. And I KNOW when GOD sent his Angels to bring him to his HEAVENLY HOME, what a day of rejoicing I am sure was had by Charlie. My prayers are with you and yours and know that I will always love you both.

  • March 30, 2023
    Sherri Blanchard says:
    No words can express all the emotions being felt right now. All my love & hugs go out to the family as I know each & every one of them are going through their own set of emotions. Just remember,,,we will all be together again one day in Heaven. It’s just they decided to beat us there. Sorry I couldn’t make it there to be with you all but I’m thinking of you & love you all! Heaven has some amazing souls.