Sunday, August 26, 2018

Obituary: William Jackson Fortenberry, 1928 MS

William Jackson Fortenberry
5 December 1853 MS – 3 March 1928 MS

Son of Burrell T. Fortenberry & Eliza Jane Ellzey
Husband of Canolia A. Simmons



Photograph from Find A Grave
Memorial #40876341


W. J. Fortenberry Died Saturday. Former Pike County Man Buried at Magnolia Monday – End Came at Hospital at Jackson

William J. Fortenberry, a former resident of Smithburg, was buried at Magnolia Monday morning at ten o’clock. His death occurred in a Jackson hospital Saturday afternoon. The Rev. Mr. Lane of McComb, the Rev. Mr. Gunn of Osyka and the Rev. Mr. Davis of Tylertown conducted the services. 

Mr. Fortenberry was a member of the Baptist Church, a devoutly religious man of high ideals and principals. He was at one time a member of the Pike County Board of Supervisors. At the time of his death he was 74 years old.

He is survived by seven sons and four daughters. The sons are: W. [Jimmie Wanzie?] Fortenberry of Jackson, F. E. [Ferman Esco] Fortenberry of Osyka, E. V. [Victor Eurel] Fortenberry of Monticello, Dr. A. J. [Andrew Jackson] Fortenberry of Natchez, S. D. [Burrell Sheldon?] Fortenberry of Atlanta, and C. L. [Charlie Lane] Fortenberry of Monticello [not listed, Henry Glen Fortenberry] The daughters are: Mrs. O. L. Summers of Greenville, Mrs. J. C. Denman of Franklin, La., Mrs. A. M. Doods of Jackson, Miss., and Mrs. Henry Steinbemer of Little Rock, Arkansas.

The body will be sent from the Tom E. Taylor Funeral Home this morning to Magnolia, where funeral and internment will be held at 10 o’clock. Rev. Gunn officiating from the Baptist Church, assisted by Rev. Lane and Rev. Davis.

[Notes in green are mine.]

Source: W. J. Fortenberry Died Saturday (McComb, MS: Semi-Weekly Journal, 7 Mar 1928) 1; digital image, Newspapers.com: accessed July 2018.

The Clarion-Ledger of Jackson, MS, 4 March 1928 also lists the sons but includes G. H. Fortenberry of Natchez.

Note: I have theses daughters: Lelia Pauline Fortenberry, Myrtis Jane Elizabeth Fortenberry, Sarah Louise Fortenberry and Mittie Terell Fortenberry.  If you can match those names to the married names above I'd like to hear from you!






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