David Wayne Fortner

May 2, 1966June 7, 2021

A funeral service will be held for David Wayne Fortner, 55, of Canton, Texas at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at Eubank Funeral Home, Bro. Richard Fairbanks officiating.

David went to be with the Lord on June 7, 2021 in Tyler, Texas. He was born on May 2, 1966 in Ada, Oklahoma to David Lee Fortner and Paula Sue Dowell Fortner.

David grew up in Ada, Oklahoma. The family moved to Texas around 1976 where he graduated from Blooming Grove high school. In 1985 the family moved to Canton, Texas where David L. (Papa Dave) pastored at Tundra Baptist Church.

David worked many years in the automotive industry. In August of 2001 he made a change and began to work for AT&T. He retired as planned in May of 2021. He had always said that when he retired, he was going to sit on the front porch and shoot at cars. Susie, his wife, said “I am not sure he is going to be allowed to do that in Heaven."

He loved to fish and hunt, but his greatest passion of all started in 2012, when he surrender to the gospel ministry. He was the youth pastor for many years at Tundra Baptist Church, then God once again changed his path. David accepted the pastorate at Walnut Springs Bible Baptist Church in 2014. He had a passion for reaching lost souls, which many brought to Christ can attest.

The family hopes that the seeds that David planted will continue to grow his legacy in the years to come.

He is preceded in death by his father, David Lee Fortner; brothers, Bobby and Johnny Fortner.

David is survived by his beloved wife, Susie Fortner; daughter, Ashton Reynolds and husband, Delton; son, Lucas Fortner and wife, Jessica; grandchildren, Gaige Fortner and Hayes Reynolds; sister, Leah Storey and husband, Chris; mother, Paula Dowell Fortner and a host of nieces and nephews; and many friends.

A visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, June 11, 2021 at the funeral home.

Interment will be at Haven of Memories Cemetery.


  • Visitation

    Friday, June 11, 2021

  • A Celebration of Life

    Saturday, June 12, 2021


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Sharon (Hudson) Watson

June 11, 2021

Words will never be enough, but I had to share. I remember when David and his family moved to Canton. The first time I met him was at Tundra Baptist Church. It was "youth Sunday " where the youth group did everything, from music to the preaching. David led the singing and I played the piano. He seemed so quiet and shy. But he really wasn't, he was just in a new place and getting to know everyone. I can remember going on double dates with David and Susie, which were so much fun and many many laughs. We used to just hang out, maybe cook out or play cards or trivial pursuit. He loved hunting and fishing. I remember David going coon hunting on my dad's land. I remember my dad saying, "that boy will never get lost. He is great with a compass!" He was just so impressed by that. Susie, we've been friends since, well, your birth! Even though we haven't really been around each other in the past several years, please know my heart breaks for you, but I know God has a plan. Just know you and the whole family are in my prayers. Heaven just got a little brighter! With love, Sharon


June 11, 2021

I had the privilege of working with David at AT&T. He was a great guy and a pleasure to work with. He would always pick at me and joke with me when he called me, but one thing I will say is that his love for our Lord was obvious.
To David's family: I am sorry for your loss, but I am happy for David as I know he is in a much better place and being a born again Christian myself, I know I will see him again one day.
Prayers for peace and comfort.

Jana Thomas

June 11, 2021

How my heart hurts so bad! I cant believe it. David, all i can think about is how i wish i was with you in Heaven. As to be absent in the body is to be present with the Lord. What you must be seeing. Who you must be seeing.
But we are so hurting because we want you here with us. Gone too soon man of God! Not just what you meant to me and Steve, but what you meant to my grandchildren! They (and we) will be forever touched by your leadership and how you took them to camp every year and lived the example for them. I wish i could have told you one more time i loved you friend. Until we meet again!

Kerry and Cynthia Novak

June 9, 2021

Susie, we are truly sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family.

Maddi Whitley

June 9, 2021

Brother David has been in my life for as long as I can remember. When I was a kid, my MeMe told me that Tundra Baptist Church was going to church camp. Whatever year that was, was when I met the Fortners. I went to church camp with Susie and David for so many years. I was always excited to see Brother David because he was such a role model, and so friendly! He was truly such a great person. Considering I am such a shy person, and I felt nervous around new people, David really made me feel comfortable at the new church. One year he asked if I was going to college. And I told him I really didn't want to. He told me that I don't have to go if I don't want to and that God will always be by my side. I always will and always have thought about those words he had said, and that's all I think about when I think about going to college. One more thing I want to talk about is a inside joke me and my brother have. The only time we saw Bro. David was at church camp, and he was the only one to pray usually. He says "lord" a lot in his prayers, and me and my brother thought it was funny. But now I'll never hear his prayers again, and that is not very joyful. But his prayers will always be in my mind every time I pray or think about him. Thank you Susie, David, and Ashton for introducing me closer to God, and for being such a great family! I pray for your family, and I am so sorry for your loss. David will always be remembered.

Cynthia Barrett

June 9, 2021

Susie i am so truly sorry for you & your families loss of David. Not only was he a wonderful husband, father, grandfather but a true friend to anyone he met. I have been blessed to be able to call him a wonderful friend . i pray that God is with you & your family & that he ministers to your hearts. I love you my dear friend.

Craig Brown

June 8, 2021

Susie I'm so sorry for your loss of a great man! David was such a great man in my life and my words can't express how my heart feels right now. There can never be anyone who can replace him and I wish you can find comfort knowing God has called him up to still bring his word to the weak.

Tammy Williams Acker

June 8, 2021

Susie and family. I’m so sorry for your loss. You guys were always so kind to my son Brett when he stayed over. Sending my condolences and prayers during this difficult time.

Martha Peebles

June 8, 2021

Susie and family! So sorry to hear of your loss! Continue God's work as David did and you will forever carry his spirit with you! God bless you all!

Brian Ballard

June 8, 2021

David was hands down the best manager I ever had in my career. However more important he was a huge (lead by example) spiritual influence. In my darkest bottom David stood by me and extended his heart and his hand. My sorrow and prayers go out to the Fortner family who are all wonderful. David is right where he knew he would someday be. I will always love David and never forget him or his influence. Say a prayer when you get there ! Brian Ballard