Celebrating the life of

John W. Futral

July 07, 1934 - January 09, 2021

John W. Futral

John W. Futral, (86), of Savannah, GA, died January 9, 2021 at St. Joseph’s Hospital. He was born in Savannah July 7, 1934 to the late Bertie Mae (Waters) Futral and the late Samuel F. Futral.

After serving his country in the United States Air Force, John served his community as a firefighter with the City of Savannah Fire Department, retiring in 1994 after 31 years. A loving husband and father, he is remembered as a handsome Southern gentleman with a mischievous sense of humor.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Mary E. (Morton) Futral; siblings Samuel F. (Virginia) Futral and Jane (Futral) Dooley; children Michael J. (Nancy) Futral Sr., Elizabeth Futral Denning, Daniel M. (Martha) Futral, and Gwendolyn F. (Alan) Gallagher-Howard; grandchildren Lauren Futral, Taylor (Eryn) Denning, Toby Futral, Andy (Jessica) Futral, Joey (Aerial) Futral, Chris (Fabiola) Gallagher, Courtney (Gabriel) Villanueva, Tess Peterson, Amelia Gallagher, and Alec Gallagher; several nieces and nephews, and eight great grandchildren.

John was preceded in death by sisters Mary (Futral) Sharpe and Peggy (Futral) Hancock, and by his grandson Michael J. Futral Jr.

A graveside service will be held Friday, January 15, 2:00 pm at Hillcrest Abbey East Mausoleum, Savannah, GA.

Gifts in memory may be sent to St. Luke United Methodist Church, 9114 Whitefield Ave., Savannah, GA 31406, or to your favorite charity.



Mr. John, as he was called by all the neighborhood children, will be so missed by us all. Sitting on the porch or the tailgate of the pickup truck he always had a smile and wave for everyone. I pray for Mrs. Mary, and all the children and grands to know that their loved one is at peace. I am sure there are countless lives that were saved by his many years as a firefighter. HIs life touched many and he will be missed by those left to remember his smile and gentle ways. Heaven will have a special Sunday lunch for him I am sure!

- Agnes & Frank Cannella, Savannah, GA

Well lived John. Well lived

- Alice Carlyle, Savannah, GA

May cherished memories comfort you

- Barbara Blosser, Olathe, KS

Bath please except my condolences on the passing of your father. You are in my prayers.

- Joyce Eckes Bovee, Savannah, GA

So saddened to hear of this loss....such a special man. My prayers go out to all of the Futral Family. Mrs. Futral keeping you close to my heart at this time.

- Norma Taylor, Savannah, Ga

My love and sympathy to Mr. John's family. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

- Mary A. Garvin, Savannah, Ga.

My love and sympathy to Mr. John's family. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

- Mary A. Garvin, Savannah, Ga.

With love and prayers to you and your family Mike over the loss of your Dad! Our sincerest condolences! Sending light, peace, love, and hugs! Praying for your whole family!

- Jan Spillane & Jon Erickson, Thunderbolt , GA

I am sad to learn of John's passing, He was a friend and will be missed by many.

- Jerry Lee Fowler, Savannah, GA

John had a major influence on me as a recruit firefighter in 1971-72. The way he carried himself and performed his duties commanded respect and impressed me. He was smart, friendly and quick with a smile. I don't think there was anything he couldn't do. An exemplary firefighter and an exemplary man. Rest in peace brother.

- John Rintoul, Savannah, GA

We were saddened by the passing of John. He was a great neighbor and was always willing to help with projects around the house. Nathan and I know there is a new angel in heaven tonight and he will be meeting up with my angel in heaven, Ken. If Ken was still alive he would have been saddened by John's passing. Our prayers go out to you Mary and all the kids and grandkids. May God bless you.

- Sylvia & Nathan Hoyt, Savannah, GA

Captain Futral was a very special person. He never said no to a question. He was at Station One on a different shift , but when I worked with him I could tell he was a person who new what he wanted out of life. Rest In Peace and I know God is creating a great army of leaders . Firefighters and brothers for life is what we are on Savannah Fire and Emergency Services. Rest In Peace.

- Dennis and Paula Cook, Ellabell , Ga 31308

A candle has been lit!

Beth ... lighting a candle in honor of your dad. You were a bright and shining light in each other’s life. Prayers to you and your family.

- Quatresa Triplett, Atlanta, GA

I am so sorry to hear about John. Gwen and my daughter, Brenda were close friends for years. Mary and family, may God give you comfort during this sad time. You are in my prayers.

- Betty Lee, Savannah, GA

Gwen and family- I am saddened to hear about the loss of Mr. Futral. He had such a kind heart and it showed. I have many fond memories of him and your family. Yall are in my thoughts, heart and prayers. Take care - Brenda (Lee) Yancey

- Brenda L Yancey, SAVANNAH, GA

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel