Thursday, October 27, 2022

Military Service: Kenneth K. Fortenberry, US Army

Kenneth’s obituary tells us he served in the US Army for 21 years. Fold3 has the Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File which shows Kenneth serving during the Vietnam War from 17 July 1970 to 31 March 1971. A source for his other years of service is yet to be discovered.




Kenneth Keith Fortenberry

16 Sep 1925 MS - 27 Nov 1987 SC

Son of Tate Edward Fortenberry & Lucy Viola Brown

US Army, Vietnam War


My 1st Cousin, Once removed


Kenneth Keith Fortenberry, 62, of 7340 Highview Drive, died Friday. Born in Magnolia, Miss., he was a son of the late Edward Tate and Mrs. Lucy Volene [Viola] Brown Fortenberry. He retired from the U. S. Army after 21 years and was a service representative with Roach Bio Medical Laboratories. He was a member of Silver Springs Baptist Church of Silver Springs, Miss., and attended Eastwood Baptist Church of Columbia.


Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Tinsey Mae K. Fortenberry, a son, Kenneth D. Fortenberry of Dayton, Ohio; daughters, Misses Debra A. and Sherry D. Fortenberry of Columbia; and nieces and a nephew.


Services will be held a 1 p. m. Sunday at Talbert – Shives Funeral Home, Colonial Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Howard Price. Burial with military honors, will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park.


The family will receive friends from 7 p. m. to 9 p. m. today at the funeral home.


Source: Kenneth K. Fortenberry. (Columbia, SC: The State, 28 Nov 1987) 16; digital image, accessed August 2022. 

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