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Felix Anthony Futrell Sr. “Tony”

Felix Anthony Futrell Sr. “Tony”,77, of Granville County passed away Saturday, November 27,2021 at Duke University Medical Center surrounded by his family.

Tony was born on May 1,1944 in Rich Square, NC to the late Felix Andrew Futrell and Cora Irene Rose Futrell. He began his career as a welder with the Newport News Shipyard before surrendering his life to the ministry.

In 1982 he graduated from Chowan with an Associate degree and from Campbell University in 1986 with a Bachelor’s degree. Tony attended Southeastern Seminary from 1986-1989 where he obtained his Master’s degree in Divinity. He was a pastor for forty-three years and shared the gospel and love of Christ with many congregations. Tony preached his last sermon in the pulpit on Sunday, October 24,2021 at Bullock Baptist Church, his last congregation and one he always held dear to his heart. He was not only a preacher but a pastor, visiting and being present at the bedside of those in his congregation whenever there was a need. He loved all of his congregations.

Tony cherished his family and found great joy in hearing his beloved wife play the piano at home and in church services. He loved Sunday lunches together with family, watching his twelve grandchildren grow and spending time with his “pups” Sugar and Curly. He has always been an outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and even has a few prized deer to prove that. Other than hunting he enjoyed his hobby of faceting gemstones and finding and creating beauty from what would appear to be just a tattered rock on the outside. When he was finished meticulously placing each facet in the stone, it was a transformation of beauty.

He has left a legacy of love and a foundation of faith that will continue not only in his household but in the hearts of the families he touched. He has been a good and faithful servant and has arrived in his glorious heavenly home.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, December 1,2021 from 1:00-1:45 PM at Bullock Baptist Church in the Family Life Center.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of fifty-three years, Carolyn Futrell; two daughters, Cathryn Futrell Shearin (William) and Christie Futrell Moon (Terry); two sons, Tony Futrell, Jr. (Amy) and Bobby Futrell (Ginny); twelve grandchildren, Sarah (Josh), Katelyn, Tommy, Sam, Charlie, Austin, Andrew, Caroline and Cate, Heather Bissette and Tiffany Pipkin.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, December 1,2021 at Bullock Baptist Church at 2:00 PM officiated by Reverend Gus Gillespie. Burial will follow at Royster Family Cemetery in Bullock.

The family has invited the congregation back to Bullock Baptist Church for fellowship following the committal service.

Flowers are kindly accepted.

“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you” Phillipians 1:3 NKJV


  • Milton Drew Posted November 29, 2021 11:15 pm

    call and and i will there, much love, milton jr

  • Lunsford Tonya Posted November 30, 2021 12:49 am

    Prayers are with you all. I’m blessed to cross paths with him

  • Donna Liverman Johnson Posted November 30, 2021 1:15 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. Mr Tony was such a great man, when I was younger he was like a father to me. I would be over there with Cathy on the weekends and going to church on Sundays with you all. I will truly miss him. Thoughts and prayers go out to the family with all my love.

  • Cathy and Mike Fogleman Posted November 30, 2021 11:29 am

    We will never forget the time he was our pastor at Peaces Chapel. He was indeed a wonderful man, with a wonderful family. You were truly blessed to call him yours. Prayers, love to you all.

  • John and Janet Deal Posted November 30, 2021 4:03 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. We are sorry for your loss and pray you will find peace in knowing where he is today and in every memory of your time with your husband, father, grandfather, and friend! Please let us know if you need anything! We love you! John and Janet Deal

  • Rose Haselden Posted December 1, 2021 7:53 pm

    My uncle Tony was more like a cousin to me. I never saw him without a smile or sympathetic ear. His and Carolyn’s marriage was the truest life partnership I have ever known. I will always remember kitchen conversations and laughter in Woodland. He and his family brought me so much joy when they came to visit me in Florida. I always felt connected to my Dad whenever I was with Tony because he resembled him so much, and it thrilled me when he walked me down the aisle at my wedding. He gave me a beautiful blue topaz stone that he cut as a wedding gift that I had made into a ring. It serves to remind me of the love of family no matter the distance in time and space we are apart. One day we will all be together again like we were back at “granny’s” enjoying good food, conversation and love of family. I know he will be there joining in the story telling, love and laughter. Until then, I have wonderful memories, a beautiful ring, and forever love in my heart.

  • Jackie Hayes Posted December 1, 2021 11:24 pm

    My condolences to all of Tony’s Family. As his first cousin, 6 years younger, I have many fond memories of family gatherings and other times together when we were young. I have watched and admired his career and commitment through his adult years from afar. But know that we will meet sometime again one day. Sending love and condolences to all of his family during this time of loss.

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