Fleek Fortner, 92, passed away on May 1, 2007.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5, 2007, at Heartland Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Eddie Ailshie and the Rev. Calvin Knight officiating. Interment will follow at Eastlawn Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 4, 2007, at Heartland Funeral Home. A time of stories and memories will follow.
Fleek Fortner was born Jan. 2, 1915 at Holder, Texas, to Loyd and Sallie Fortner. His brother and four sisters were raised in a Christian home where they learned the values of humor, patience, respect and love. Mr. Fortner graduated at the top of his high school class at May and was a self-taught pianist.
On April 2, 1939, he married the love of his life, Estelle Underwood. They shared nearly 62 happy years together before she passed away in 2001. During the 60-plus years that Mr. Fortner lived in Early, he was a member of Early First Baptist Church where he served at different times as music minister, youth minister and senior citizen director. He was a devout Christian. He worked at Camp Bowie during World War II and later at Shaw’s Laundry and Millers Janitorial Supply Company.
He enjoyed reading, traveling, music, old movies, the Dallas Mavericks and his family, especially little children.
Mr. Fortner was preceded in death by his parents, Loyd and Sallie Fortner of Holder, Texas; an infant brother, Doy Fortner; an older brother; Loy Fortner and wife Odessa Fortner of Kaufman, Texas; sister, Coy McCord and husband Everett McCord of San Antonio, Texas; and brothers-in-law C.D. Woods Jr. of Brownwood and Marshall Crume of May.
Survivors include sons, John M. Fortner and wife Patsy of Huntsville, Texas, and Glenn D. Fortner and wife Rachel of Grand Junction, Colo.; grandchildren, Paige Fortner and husband Joe Piano of Everett, Wash., Gayla Cook and husband Scott of Abilene, Texas, John D. Fortner and wife Andrea of Beaumont, Texas, and Ike Fortner, Skylar, Salem and Gabe Congdon of Grand Junction, Colo.; and nine great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews
HE WILL BE MISSED.
Anyone wishing to make a memorial donation may make it to the Early First Baptist Church in his name.
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