Mildred Russell Futrell

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Mildred Russell Futrell, 89, passed away at her Southside Gardens home in Baton Rouge on Wednesday evening, July 27, 2011. She was a native of Jena, a longtime resident of Pineville and later Baton Rouge. Mildred was a Jena High School graduate and attended Northwestern State University (Normal College) where she met and married Perry Elmo Futrell, her husband of 53 years. She was a faithful member of Pineville First Baptist Church, where she taught English to members of the international community. Upon moving to Baton Rouge, she enjoyed her Sunday school class at First Baptist Church of Baton Rouge. She loved traveling with her family and became quite accomplished at painting beautiful scenes of places the family visited. She is survived by a daughter, Sandra F. Kirkpatrick; a son, Ronnie E. Futrell and wife Elizabeth Gay Sontag Futrell; son, Russell W. Futrell; grandsons, Kirk Kirkpatrick and Tim Futrell; granddaughter, Katie K. Justice and husband Todd Justice; great-grandchildren, Trey Kirkpatrick, Brandt Kirkpatrick and Abby Kirkpatrick; and sisters-in-law, Clara Russell and Melba Francis. She will always be remembered by her family and friends for her kindness and her caring spirit. Preceded in death by parents, Alva and Audie Holmes Russell; sister, Juanita Bonnette; brothers, A.B. Russell, John and Justin Russell; husband, Perry Elmo Futrell; granddaughter, Karen Kirkpatrick; grandson, Bill Futrell; and son-in-law, Thomas Kirkpatrick. Pallbearers will be Kirk Kirkpatrick, Tim Futrell, Todd Justice, Johnny Russell, Louis Bonnette, Perry Futrell, Robert Futrell and George Foster. Thanks to wonderful friends and caretakers, Sherry Butcher, Rosetta Leeth, Matthew and Joline Leeth and all of the Southside Gardens friends. The funeral service will be at Hixson Brothers Funeral Home, 2701 Military Highway, Pineville, at 2 p.m. Friday, July 29, officiated by Dr. C. Stewart Holloway, pastor of First Baptist Church of Pineville. Visitation begins at noon. Burial will be at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Pineville. Donations may be made to Cancer Services of Baton Rouge, Hospice of Baton Rouge or First Baptist Church of Pineville. To extend online condolences to the Futrell family, please visit www.hixsonbrothers.com.
Published in TheAdvocate.com on July 29, 2011