David Futch

July 25, 1953 - October 14, 2014
David Futch


David Quincy Futch, age 61 passed away Tuesday, October 14, 2014.

David was born in Wilmington on July 25, 1953. He was preceded in death by his parents, Quincy Futch and Danie Swart Futch, and a sister Diane F. Reese.

David lived his life in real time and “live action”. He had many loves and things that he cared deeply about. His number one love was his family and friends. No matter what was going on, his care and concern for them over shadowed everything else. He was a wonderful grandfather to his girls and enjoyed riding them on the 4-wheeler, doing craft projects for the holidays, swimming in the pool with them, taking them hunting. He watched many Barbie movies all in the name of love.

He had a great love for the outdoors. Being an avid hunter and outdoorsman he loved to share his skills with others around him. David was passionate about turkey hunting and he shared that passion with many as he taught them the ways of the turkey. lt was not unusual to see him giving turkey feathers to kids and teaching them how to sound like the animals in the woods.

He had a great love for his job at GE-which he worked at for 41 years! He cared deeply for “his men”. He was a supervisor that knew how to get things done but also knew the value of showing others respect, appreciation, and care.

For many years he coached baseball at Cape Fear Optimist Club. Many of his players are now grown with families of their own.

However, not many of them have ever forgotten Coach Futch. Everything that he did, he did with gusto. He did all things to the best of his ability and tried to instill in others the value of being the best that you can be.

David was unique in many ways. He would laugh and tell the children that he was the “brother of the bear”. Which they easily believed because of his size and bearded face. Being a compassionate and loving person, he never met a stranger. He held a deep and reverent faith in his heavenly father. He would laugh with you and cry with you.
He loved country music, hunting shows and war history. He held a sincere respect and honor for our military men, and was thankful for the freedom that we enjoy because of the sacrifice they made. He loved all of the holidays and greatly anticipated and enjoyed celebration dinners with family and friends.

David was many things to many people. However, the one thing that all would agree with, he made everyone around him feel loved, special and cared for. ln this world, there are not many people like David and there will be a huge void in the hearts of those who loved him and whom he loved. His legacy of life and living will be remembered forever!

David is survived by his wife, Debra Walker Futch; children, Casey Q. Futch (Karen), Kala D, Futch(fiancé, Eric Kelly), Richard Goza (Ann), and Michael Goza; sister, Denise F. Ward (fiancé, Joe Del’Aria); grandchildren, Kylie Futch, Malea Goza, Mackenzie Goza, Ella Goza, Aria Scruggs, and Zeelie Scruggs; father and mother in-law, that he loved and respected, Wendell & Patsy Walker; brother in-laws, Eddie Reese, James Walker (Tina), and sister in-law Susan Fisher(Tony). Many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews that he loved dearly.

Celebration of Life ceremony will be held 2 PM Friday, October 17, 2014 at Wrightsboro Baptist Church, 2736 Castle Hayne Rd., Wilmington, NC 28401.

In lieu of flowers please make a memorial donation to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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


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  • October 17, 2014
    Sylvia S. Jones says:
    I was shocked to learn that David had passed and am so sorry! He was such a kind soul, and would never suspect at first glance how very gentle he could be. I'll never forget how good he was to my Mom and to Debbie and her parents. God Bless.

  • October 16, 2014
    Sherry (Singletary) Ramsdell says:
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and Davids family.

  • October 16, 2014
    Jennifer Bryan says:
    My thoughts and prayers to the family. NHHS Class of 1972

  • October 16, 2014
    Warren Bascome says:
    I worked with David for 2 years, 23 years ago but I remember each day like it was yesterday. How could I not? I learned more about living off the land, fishing and hunting than Field and Stream magazine ever wrote about. It was never bragging, always based on experience and full of humor. We used radios on the shop floor and his handle was “Big Grizz”. For some reason he took enough of a liking to me and decided one day he was going to call me little grizz. It was an honor. On my last day he gave me a folding blade for a going away present and said it was from the team. I still have it. My profound sympathies for David’s family and friends. Well old buddy, I never thought this day would come….I’ll see ya,… when I see ya… little grizz

  • October 16, 2014
    Keith and Martha Ayers says:
    Our prayers are with his family.