“The best portion of a good man’s life is his little nameless, unencumbered acts of kindness and of love.” – William Wordsworth
Henry Sidney Futch was born on December 3, 1939 in Adel, Georgia. On Tuesday, January 4, 2022, in the comfort of his own home, Sidney, 82, passed into the arms of his Lord and Savior.
A resident of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and formerly of Highlands, North Carolina, Sidney was a gentle soul whose life was indeed in harmony with the poet’s creed, full of sincere, thoughtful acts. With no need for credit or recognition, it was his nature to find ways to serve others first. For example, while keeping a watchful eye on his neighbors’ property when they were away, Sidney, without fanfare, might notice a basement light accidentally left on or he might be found in a neighbor’s yard, picking up sticks and debris after an overnight wind.
In the business world, Sidney was successful and achieved much. He was firm and clear-minded, dedicated and sure of purpose. Nevertheless, his secret to success, no doubt, was that his heart and mind never strayed from the solid, honest values he had learned back home in Cook County, Georgia. Yes, he was effective in a company business meeting, but he was unpretentious enough to invite a friend to join him in conversation in the quiet comfort of a front porch rocking chair.
As Sidney’s race was in its final lap, even then, he was thoughtful and polite to those around him…his quiet concern more for his caretakers than for himself.
Sidney was preceded in death by his father Loy A. and his mother Lillie Purvis Futch, his brother Herman, and his son Andy. Sidney was loved and cherished by many people including family members: his devoted wife Gwen; son Scott Futch of Auburn, AL; son Tyler Futch of Myrtle Beach, SC; daughter-in-law Karen Futch of Juliette, GA; sister Montine Wood (Harrell) of Adel, GA; his grandchildren Brooke Futch, Zach Futch, Mary Claire Futch, Patrick Futch, and great-granddaughter Sydney Dru Chambers.
A family memorial service was held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 8, 2022 at Salem Primitive Baptist Church in Adel, Georgia, with the Elders Thad Marshall and Dwight Marshall officiating. Eulogies were given by his nephew, Steve Wood, brother-in-law, Doyle Niedens and a poem was read by his great-granddaughter, Sydney Dru Chambers. Rev. Rich and Anne Wardwell sang “Beulah Land” and were joined by the congregation in the singing of “I’ll Fly Away.” Burial followed in Woodlawn Cemetery with Rev. Bruce Merriman conducting the graveside service. The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Davis Wardwell, John Russell, Bobby Merriman, Phillip Taylor, Grant Russell, and Fred Wetherington.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to your favorite charity benefiting children. Condolences may be expressed online at www.boonefunerals.com. Boone Funeral Home, Inc. is serving the Futch family.