Sunday, April 25, 2021

Forget Me Not: Lucy Pope Fortenberry, 1931 MS

I always want more from an obituary. This tells us Lucy was the mother of 11 children but only 8 are named. Did the others die before her or were their names just forgotten here? This article says she was the daughter of a pioneer family. They must be important in the history of southern MS. Why not include the names of her parents? 

Lucy (Pope) Fortenberry

c 1854 – 1931 MS

Wife of Merida A. Fortenberry
Wife of my 1st cousin, 4x removed

Prominent Resident of Marion is Buried

Columbia, June 23 – Mrs. Lucy Fortenberry, aged 77 years, widow of the late Merida A. Fortenberry, who died late Sunday at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. I. C. Applewhite on West avenue, this city, was buried Monday at Cedar Grove Baptist Church five miles north of Columbia, where her membership was held for many years.

Mrs. Fortenberry, before her marriage, was Miss Lucy Pope, a daughter of one of South Mississippi’s pioneer families, and was the mother of eleven children, as follows:

Two sons, Dr. Ratliff A. Fortenberry and
Henry Fortenberry of Columbia;
And six daughters,
Mrs. E. R. Applewhite,
Mrs. W. B. Barnes,
Mrs. Chas. Newson,
Mrs. I. C. Applewhite and
Mrs. Arthur Brown of Wiggins.

The funeral service was held at Cedar Grove church, the Rev. W. E. Farr, a former pastor of the deceased, of Prentiss officiating.

Source: Prominent Resident of Marion is Buried (Jackson, MS: Clarion-Ledger, 24 June 1931) 7; digital image, accessed August 2020.

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