Hartman Jones Funeral Home
Graveside service Monday January 31, 2022 at 1:00 PM at Navilla Baptist Church Cemetery
Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard
In recognition of our proud American tradition of honorable service which our military men and women have given to their country and our State, we honor a Fallen Hero. Our nation, our state, and the National Guard Association of MS (NGAMS) regard the memorializing of its retired military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation.
Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on Jan 27, 2022, and moved on to his heavenly home. SSG(Ret) William Glen Fortenberry, Sr., age 87, a retired member of the MS Army National Guard who had served within the 1st Battalion, 155th Infantry Regiment, has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord.
It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country, giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life. We now applaud you for your service to our country. A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed: “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.
Rest in Peace Soldier. We applaud your patriotism and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service. We thank you for your service. Without your efforts and your families’ support, this country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright and live so free.
You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done. Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.
Obituary, visitation and service details:
January 24, 1935 – January 27, 2022
William Glen Fortenberry, Sr. 87 of McComb, MS passed away Thursday, January 27, 2022 at Walthall General Hospital in Tylertown, MS.
Mr. Fortenberry was born January 24, 1935 in Washington Parish, Louisiana. He was the son of Alton Earl Fortenberry and Bertile Ellzey Fortenberry.
Mr. Fortenberry was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was a retired school teacher from Pine, Louisiana and after retirement, he taught several years at North Pike Middle School. He enjoyed gardening and grew all their vegetables while raising their family and shared with their family and friends.
He was a member of Navilla Baptist Church.
Mr. Fortenberry was preceded in death by his loving wife, Gloria Faye Coon Fortenberry, of 56 ½ years; his parents, Alton Earl Fortenberry and Bertile Ellzey Fortenberry and a granddaughter, Charli Faye Fortenberry.
He is survived by his two sons, Glen Fortenberry and wife Jan, and Greg Fortenberry; one daughter, Gail Fortenberry all of McComb; his grandchildren, Kelley Norsworthy (Jared), Jason Duncan (Lori), Amy Fortenberry (Chris), Kevin Duncan (Courtney) and Morgan Johnson (Corbin); great grandchildren, Taylor, Abbigail, Alyssa, Tyler, Eli, Trista and Madison; one sister, Bobbye Fortenberry Dillon and special friends, Elaine Smith and James Rogers. The family would like to give special thank you to the employees of Billdora Senior Care for their loving care.
There will be a graveside service Monday January 31, 2022 at 1:00 PM at Navilla Baptist Church Cemetery. Bro Trent Bilbo will officiate under the direction of Hartman Jones Funeral Home.
Mr. Fortenberry sincerely request that donations be made to Navilla Baptist Church in McComb.