Mayor Craig Moe has expressed the Mayor and City Council's sympathy upon the passing of Charles Futrell, a former Laurel area resident who was instrumental in establishing varsity sports at Laurel High School. Mr. Futrell was 92 at the time of his death.
Mr. Futrell had a passion for sports, and a greater passion for teaching and mentoring young people. Former Mayor Joe Robison and Laurel Volunteer Fire Department member Phil Geis are among many Laurel residents who learned sportsmanship, team work, how to win, and very important, how to be gracious losers on the sports field.
Mr. Futrell continued to be active in sports in retirement after his move to Florida. In 1996, Mayor Frank P. Casula recognized Mr. Futrell's participation in the Florida organized senior sports and his contributions to Laurel High School varsity sports.
To recognize Mr. Futrell, his love for young people, and his devotion and contributions to Laurel High School's sports programs, Mayor Moe has ordered the City Flag be placed at half-staff through Tuesday, September 4,k 2012. Mayor Moe stated this is but a small recognition in contrast to Mr. Futrell's many contributions in the City of Laurel.