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Welcome to all of you family members, genealogists and internet wanderers. My family tree is actually a forest of assorted names and locations. Check out the branches to discover if you share a leaf or two.

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  • September 15, 2019: Sunday's Obituary: William E. Fortenberry, MS 1957 - Leaves & Branches
    William Eslie Fortenberry


    6 August 1880 – 22 March 1957

    Son of Jesse Crawford Fortenberry & Susan A. Ryals

    Husband of Nora (Fortenberry) Fortenberry


    My second cousin 3x removed


     Photograph from Find  Grave Memorial # 93459385


    Funeral services for William Easlie Fortenberry, Pike county farmer, were conducted from the Chapel of the Ginn Funeral Home Sunday afternoon at 2. Mr. Fortenberry died Friday at his home in McComb. He was 76.


    The Reverend Herman Hays, McComb, Reverend Truly Reynolds and Reverend Enos Branch, Tylertown, officiated at the final rites for Mr. Fortenberry, and interment was in the Fortenberry Family cemetery.


    Mr. Fortenberry was born August 6, 1880 in Old Pike County, the son of Jesse and Susan Ryals Fortenberry. He married Fortenberry who preceded him in death by several years. Mr. Fortenberry had lived in this county until six years ago when he moved to McComb.


    Pallbearers included: J. C. Lewis, J. J. Gulledge, Bird Martin, Fayette Stubb, Albert Jackson and Earnie Howell.


    Mr. Fortenberry is survived by 3 sons, Jack Fortenberry and Wilson Fortenberry, McComb; and Jesse Fortenberry, Tylertown; 2 daughters, Mrs. Elmise Wallace, Fernwood; Mrs. Martha Statham, Daytona beach, Fla.; 3 brothers, George Fortenberry, Easley Fortenberry, and Willis Fortenberry, all of Tyklertown; 3 sisters, Mrs. Dixie Hobgood, McComb; Mrs. Rudy Wood, New Orleans, La. And Mrs. Nell McDaniel, McComb.


    He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Funeral arrangements were conducted by Ginn of Tylertown.


    Note: The year of William's birth on the tombstone does not agree with the obituary.


    Source: Magee, Zuma Fendlason. Selected Obituaries from Louisiana and from Mississippi, Volume I (LA: privately printed, 1976).

    Found at the Washington Public Library, Franklinton, LA

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