Monday, August 31, 2020

Fortenberry Reunion 1958 MS

Finding family reunions in newspaper articles is rewarding. I went to & put in “Fortenberry Reunion” and found this article.

Willis Franklin Fortenberry
4 February 1887 MS – December 1976 LA
Son of Webster Fortenberry & Nannie Ellzey


Ivy May Smith
23 May 1895 MS – August 1978 LA

Fortenberry Family Has Annual Reunion

Percy Quin State Park was the scene of the Willis F. Fortenberry family reunion last week, with six of the nine direct descendants, and their families present. 

A picnic lunch was served to the group at the picnic shed, with E. W. Blades giving the invocation. 

After lunch, the group swam, boated, hiked or sat under the trees and talked.

Those attending were:

Mr. and Mrs. Weldon W. Fortenberry and children, Weldon, Jr. and Brenda [Weldon W. & Malissia (Dunn) Fortenberry];

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Nicholas, Baton Rouge [Andrew Samuels & Locky May (Fortenberry) Nichols];  

Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Fortenberry, Kentwood, La. [Willis Franklin & Ivy May Smith Fortenberry];

Their son, Sgt. Karl Fortenberry, Plattsburg Air Force Base, N. Y. [Karl b c 1933];

Mr. and Mrs. I. M. McGehee and Webster, East Fork, La. [Edith Fortenberry, 1914 - 2002] ;

Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Blades and children, Edwin, Darwin, Reid Wayne, and Iva Gail, Spring Creek, La. [William Edwin & Pansy (Fortenberry) Blades];

Mr. and Mrs. Otis Sims and children, Michael and Sandra Kay, Pearl River, La.;

Miss Carolyn Campbell and Richard Campbell, McComb;

Mr. and Mrs. M. M. Smith, Dorothy and Bob, Mount Hermon, La.;

Miss Bettie Fitzwater, Spring Creek, La.;

Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Bond, and Mr. and Mrs. Donnie Bond, Progress;

Mr. and Mrs. Harlan Blackwell and children, Sheila, Philip and Ward, McComb.

Source: Fortenberry Family Has Annual Reunion. (McComb, MS, Enterprise – Journal, 26 Aug. 1958) 8; digital image, accessed June 2020). 

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