Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Forget Me Not: Willis F. Fortenberry, 1968, LA




Willis Franklin Fortenberry
Aug 1896 MS – Apr 1968 LA

Son of Jessie Crawford Fortenberry & Susan A. Ryals 
Husband of Annie Laurie Hand

World War I Veteran 

My 2nd cousin, 3x removed




Willis F. Fortenberry Rites Today. Tylertown – Funeral services for Willis Franklin Fortenberry, 71, were held at 2 p. m. today at Ginn Funeral Home Chapel. 

Mr. Fortenberry, a retired farmer, died late Sunday afternoon, in a Bogalusa, La. medical center following a long illness.

He was the son of the late Jesse C. and Susan Ryals Fortenberry, pioneer settlers of this area. A native of Old Pike County, he was a lifelong resident of the Walthall County area and lived in the New Zion community at the time of his death.

He was a veteran of World War I. 

Survivors include his widow, Annie Laurie Hand Fortenberry; two sons, Willis F. Fortenberry, Jr., Greensboro, La., Wyatt Fortenberry, Bogalusa, La.; one daughter, Mrs. Fred Evans, Bossier City, La.; two sisters, Mrs. W. O. Hobgood, McComb, Mrs. Ruby Wood, New Orleans, and eight grandchildren. 

Rev. Truly Reynolds officiated. Burial was in the Fortenberry family cemetery with Ginn Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.




Source: Willis F. Fortenberry Rites Today. Tylertown. (McComb, MS: The Enterprise Journal, 15 Apr 1968) 3, digital image, Newspapers.com: accessed June 2020. 

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