James Edward Fortenberry

December 12, 1932 ~ October 7, 2021 (age 88)


JAMES EDWARD FORTENBERRY, 88, passed away peacefully in his sleep Thursday morning, October 7th, 2021, at his daughter’s home in Jacksonville. Memorial Services are planned at 4:00 pm on Sunday, October 10th, 2021, at Dansby Heritage Chapel.

Mr. Fortenberry was preceded in death by his first wife Janie Pauline Rainey Fortenberry; his second wife Betty Ann Smart Fortenberry; his longtime companion Willie Ruth Bailey; his sons Scott James Fortenberry and Marty Richard Fortenberry; his brother Hubert Fortenberry; his sister Annie Mae Ford and his parents Charlie and Ruth Fortenberry.

Mr. Fortenberry was born in the Key community in Cherokee county, AL in 1932. He lived the greater part of his life in Piedmont. He served in the Army during the Korean War from 1953-1958. After he returned from the war, he worked at Piedmont Body Shop and Piedmont Salvage until he retired in 1994. He worked hard all his life and was a devoted father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Mr. Fortenberry is survived by his children:  Janet Huey and her husband Larry of Jacksonville and Brian Fortenberry of Piedmont; 2 brothers Jimmy and his wife Judy Fortenberry of Piedmont; Eugene Fortenberry of Piedmont; 4 sisters:  Dorothy Pruitt, Irene Chandler and Hazel Davis, all of Piedmont; and Shirley Adams of Newnan, Ga; 7 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Dansby Heritage Chapel is honored to serve the Fortenberry family.

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Memorial Service
October 10, 2021

4:00 PM
Dansby Heritage Chapel
707 Southern Ave
Piedmont, AL 36272

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