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92 Year Old Triathlete Charles Futrell Passes Away

charlie-futrell.jpgCharlie Futrell, a retired public school teacher from Montgomery County MD and WWII veteran of the Army Air Corps, who was known locally as the "Ironman", passed away early Sunday morning August 19, 2012, just 10 days after his 92nd birthday. He is survived by his daughter Allison Clair of Brandenburg, KY, son Robert Futrell of Georgetown, TX, and five grandchildren.

A life-long athlete and former high school coach, Ironman Charlie earned his nickname when he began competing in the 140.6 mile Ironman World Triathlon Championship race in Kona, Hawaii in 1992 at age 72. He never finished worse than 3rd in the world in his age group for six consecutive Ironman races 1992-97. After Ironman, he continued to compete in more than 125 career triathlons of shorter distances, along with over 400 other road races from sprints to marathons to duathlons. On June 11, 2011 at the Central Florida Triathlon Series in Clermont, FL he became the oldest person to ever complete a USA Triathlon officially sanctioned race.

His last completed race was the Florida Duathlon Festival on February 25, 2012 in Groveland, FL where he ran for 4.1 miles, and biked for 10 miles, becoming the oldest known duathlete. He also competed in The Villages Senior Games, winning dozens of medals in running, swimming, and track and field events. He has been featured in news, magazine, and TV stories locally, regionally, and nationally for his athletic and fitness achievements. He was inducted into the East Carolina University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993. His full biography can be seen at www.CharlieFutrell.com.

Charlie moved to Polo Ridge in The Villages in 1999 with Peggy, his wife of 62 years who passed away in January 2009 at age 93. Prior to The Villages, they lived in Brevard, NC, Clearwater and Tarpon Springs, FL, Wheaton and Silver Spring, MD, and Washington, DC. He was born in Tuscaloosa, AL, and raised in Greenville, NC. He graduated from Greenville High School, earned a Bachelor's degree in Education from East Carolina Teacher's College (now East Carolina University), and earned a Master's degree in education from the University of Maryland.

A memorial service will be held at the New Covenant United Methodist Church at The Villages on Saturday, September 1, 2012 at 1 p.m. where Charlie and Peggy were among the first 50 members of the church congregation. Remembrance contributions may be made in Charlie's name to the New Covenant United Methodist Church Building Fund, 3470 Woodridge Drive, The Villages, FL 32162, (352)750-4529.

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