Henry Mills Fort Jr.

February 10, 1944August 17, 2014
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Henry Mills Fort, Jr. passed away early Sunday morning from complications due to cancer. He was born on February 10, 1944 in Charlotte, NC, the son of the late Henry Mills Fort Sr. and Violet S. Fort . He attended NC State University graduating in 1966 with a degree in Aerospace Engineering. He was a member of the Theta Chi Fraternity throughout his college years. Henry remained a loyal NC State fan to the present. Upon graduation, Henry was employed at United Aircraft in West Palm Beach, Florida. Later, he was transferred to United Aircraft in East Hartford, CT. Nine years later, moving back to North Carolina and becoming employed with Duke Energy, where he worked until retirement in 2010. Henry was a member of the Y’s Men Club in Eden, NC and also an active member of the Church of Epiphany while living in Eden.

Henry was a devoted family man. He was an active father and grandfather. He left a legacy of being loving and kind, as well as, strong and a man of honor and integrity. He lived his life by not only talking the talk, but also walking the walk. He will always be loved and remembered by all who knew him. Henry was preceded in death by his daughter, Melissa Fort Buchelli. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Brenda M. Fort; daughters, Megan Fort Barrow and husband John E. and Leslie Fort Huber. Henry is grandfather to seven grandchildren; Devin, Alex, Chloe, Elena, Sophia, Lily and Tyson. He is also survived by his sisters; Anita Ferdico and Janis Singletary.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Aug. 23rd, 11:00 a.m. at St. Francis Episcopal Church with Rev. Michael Moulden officiating, Burial will follow at Westminster Gardens Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday evening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at St. Francis Episcopal Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a cancer research of choice.


  • Visitation Friday, August 22, 2014
  • Funeral Service Saturday, August 23, 2014

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December 26, 2014

Today is Christmas day; the first Christmas I've spent without you in 44 years. Although, it was a pleasant day watching our grand children open presents and enjoy just being together; it was lonely without you. I am trying to go on and be as strong and brave as I witnessed you being the past seven years; I feel very lost so much of the time. My purpose isn't clear anymore. I know God means me to do more, but it's not clear to me what it is. I felt safer and more secure with you next to me. You were always the one that made me think a little harder and longer about things. You know I am the impulsive one that usually charges ahead. I love and miss you greatly, Henry. Please help me find the strength to continue and find what it is God wants me to do now. Your loving wife always.

Brenda Fort

September 13, 2014

My dearest Henry, it is Sept. 13th, almost one month since you passed. I continue to look for you to walk through a doorway. The reality is so hard for my mind to accept; just like it was when Melissa passed. I miss you more and more as each day passes. So many things are different, but it's the little things I missed the most. Having you there when I wake up in the morning or having you to say good night. You have always been the rock in the family and we all miss your ability to go through life's inconveniences in a calm and decisive manner. Our family is so lucky that we shared so many years with you and with Melissa. I do try to keep that in mind, but it does not make missing you any easier. I wish we had celebrated our being together more. I love you, Henry and always will. I hope and pray that you and Melissa are together. I also hope you know how much you have meant and will always mean to those left behind. Your daughters, Megan and Leslie, your grandchildren, Devin, Alex, Chloe, Elena, Sophia, Lily and Tyson, your sisters Janis and Anita. So many people hold you in their hearts, especially me. I was the one lucky enough to spend the last 44 years with you. You light is bright and your legacy is so positive, strong and enduring. Your presence was felt and your participation was appreciated. Thank you for all the wonderful things you gave so freely to your family; time, love, energy, acceptance, patience, humor, assistance and grace. Forever in our hearts!


September 4, 2014

It is so difficult to believe you are gone. You always gave everything of yourself to your family. You were always there to pick us up when we needed it or to help us in any way. I am so very blessed to have you for a were always a man of integrity and you were always so hard working. I miss you everyday and wish you were here with us everyday. Thank you for being the kind of dad that every little girl should have. Thank you for being so accepting of who we were as individual people. Thank you for being you. I am so proud to be your daughter. I love you, Dad!

Donna Lawson

August 26, 2014

I'm so sorry for your loss. Working with Henry through the years at Duke Energy was a pleasure. He was always a gentleman and well liked and respected by his peers. Sincerely, Donna Lawson, RN

Suzzette Greth Yandle

August 23, 2014

So sorry for your loss. Deepest Sympathy to the family. My childhood days included the Fort family in Charlotte; I was in the same class as Janis, my brother Tony was in the same class as Henry, Jr, and my mother would ride to Dilworth School with Henry's mother. May God grant you peace during this time of great sorrow.

Richard Thompson

August 22, 2014

Back in the 50s/60s, Henry's family lived a few doors away on Highland Street. I remember Henry and his infectious smile from the neighborhood and also from school.

My condolences to the family.

Joanna Cherry Palumbo

August 21, 2014

Deepest sympathy to the Fort family. We all grew up together on Highland Street in Charlotte and I have nothing but fond memories. May God Bless you!

Joanna Cherry Palumbo

August 21, 2014

My Deepest sympathy to the Fort family.I grew up on the same street with them and only have the fondest of memories of our childhood.May God be with you all at this very sad time..

Bill Merritt

August 21, 2014

I was honored to work with Henry at Dan River Steam Station in Eden, NC for about 10 years. Henry was a great friend, most helpful, supportive, and a man of true integrity in every way. I loved, respected, and admired Henry. I have nothing but wonderful memories of our time together, and Henry will truly be missed. There is no doubt that Henry is in Heaven. May God grant comfort and grace to Henry's family always.

August 21, 2014

Please accept our sincere sympathy at this time of your loss.

Charlotte Chapter
Duke Energy Retirees

Polly Leviner