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Perry Elmo Futrell, Jr.

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

Born October 7, 1916(1916-10-07)
Pollock, Grant Parish
Louisiana
Died December 4, 1993 (age 77)
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Mildred Russell Futrell (married 1940-1993, his death)
Relations Claude and Edith Kirkpatrick (daughter's in-laws)
Children Ronnie Elmo Futrell

Russell W. Futrell
Sandra F. Kirkpatrick

Alma mater Northwestern State University
Occupation Real estate broker
Religion Southern Baptist
Military service
Service/branch United States Army Air Corps
Battles/wars World War II

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, a city located east of the Red River across from Alexandria in Rapides Parish in Central Louisiana.[2]

Background[]

Futrell was born in Pollock in Grant Parish north of Pineville to Perry, Sr. (1891–1986), and the former Amanda N. "Mandy" Willett (1890–1977). On July 1, 1942, he enlisted at Camp Beauregard in Pineville into the United States Army Air Corps, forerunner to the Air Force.[3]

Term as mayor[]

As mayor, Futrell succeeded George B. Hoffman (May 16, 1910 – January 14, 2000).

In 1963, after less than a year in office, Futrell and the city council faced a recall attempt after Pineville police began the shooting on sight of stray dogs, and the city launched a street improvement campaign which charged residents directly for paving costs. 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.[4]

In 1964, his third year in office, Futrell was named "Mayor of the Year" by the Louisiana Municipal Association.[5] 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 W. Smith, Jr., a native of Winnfield.[2] After a single term as mayor, Smith was succeeded in 1970 by Fred Baden, who held the post for twenty-eight consecutive years.

Family life[]

Futrell, who was of German descent,[6] was married to the former Mildred Russell (1921-2011), a native of Jena in La Salle Parish, whom he met at Northwestern State University. After his death, she left Pineville to live in Baton Rouge.[7] The couple had two sons, Ronnie Elmo Futrell (1949-2015), a Louisiana College graduate and a corrections officer from Pineville, and his wife, the former Elizabeth Gay Sontag;[8] 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 Futrell Kirkpatrick (born 1945) of Baton Rouge, is the widow of Thomas Killgore Kirkpatrick (1944–2009), a son of political figures Claude and Edith Killgore Kirkpatrick. 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.[9]

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. The Futrells are interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Ball north of Pineville.[1]

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References[]

  1. ^ a b c "Perry Elmo Futrell, Jr.". Baton Rouge Morning Advocate. December 6, 1993. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=57123775. Retrieved May 25, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Services set for former Pineville Mayor Futrell", The Alexandria Town Talk, December 6, 1993, p. D-3
  3. ^ "Perry E. Futrell, Jr., in the U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946". search.ancestry.com. 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. Retrieved July 5, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Angry Canine Owner's Recall Drive Pushed". The Monroe News-Star. April 18, 1963. p. 21. http://www.newspapers.com/newspage/89293199/. Retrieved July 11, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Four from Area Get LMA Honors". The Monroe News-Star. March 23, 1964. p. 5. http://www.newspapers.com/newspage/89115329/. Retrieved July 5, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Futrell Family Crest, Coat of Arms". houseofnames.com. https://www.houseofnames.com/futrell-family-crest. Retrieved July 11, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Mildred Futrell obituary". The Baton Rouge Morning Advocate. July 29, 2011. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/theadvocate/obituary.aspx?pid=152797611. Retrieved May 25, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Ronnie E. Futrell". The Alexandria Town Talk. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/thetowntalk/obituary.aspx?n=ronnie-e-futrell&pid=174924002&fhid=12059. Retrieved May 25, 2015. 
  9. ^ "William Marshall "Bill" Futrell". findagrave.com. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=54050806. Retrieved July 5, 2015. 
Preceded by
George B. Hoffman
Mayor of Pineville, Louisiana

Perry Elmo Futrell, Jr.
1962–1966

Succeeded by
Floyd W. Smith, Jr.
Persondata
NAME Futrell, P. Elmo, Jr.
ALTERNATIVE NAMES Perry E. Futrell, Jr.
SHORT DESCRIPTION American real estate agent and mayor
DATE OF BIRTH October 7, 1916
PLACE OF BIRTH Pollock, Grant Parish, Louisiana
DATE OF DEATH December 4, 1993
PLACE OF DEATH Dallas, Texas
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