Janet Fortson Walthall
January 1, 1928 – January 20, 2020
Janet Fortson Walthall, 92, passed away on Monday, January 20, 2020. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, January 27, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at Christ Church with The Reverend Cynthia C. Knapp and The Reverend Harriett Simmons officiating. A reception will follow in the Cloister Room. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pine Pointe Hospice, 6261 Peake Road, Macon GA 31210 or Christ Church, 582 Walnut Street, Macon GA 31201.
Janet was born in Jacksonville, FL to the late Rear Admiral Malcolm Fortson USN (Ret.) and Nellie Phinizy Fortson. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Frank W. Walthall Jr. and Donald Wynn Beaty and her siblings, Ann Wright Freeman, Nellie Hull, Bolling Douglas, Captain Thomas Fortson USN (Ret.) and Commander R. Malcolm Fortson, Jr. USN (Ret.). Janet was a graduate of the University of Georgia and was a member of Phi Mu sorority. She was huge advocate for the city of Macon, where she served on the board of the Grand Opera House and was Past President of the Junior League of Macon. She was a former consultant with Color Me Beautiful. Janet and Frank were members of the Macon Civic Club, and she sang and danced in numerous acts in the shows over the years. Janet was a member of Christ Church and worked on the flower guild.
She was a very loving and nurturing person to both people and animals. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and aunt and loved her extended family at Carlyle Place. The family is extremely grateful for the companionship, love and care given to Janet by Libbie Walthall, Loretta Swint and Pine Pointe Hospice.
She is survived by her son; Frank W. Walthall, III of Macon GA , daughter; Jan Walthall Walden of Sandy Springs GA, daughter-in-law; Libbie Walthall of Macon GA, grandchildren; Malcolm (Amy) Walthall of Macon GA, Wesley (Sloan) Walthall of Macon GA, Allison Walthall (Tripp) Powell of Bainbridge GA, great grandchildren; Caitlyn Nicole Walthall and Emily Grace Walthall.
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- She is survived by her son; Frank W. Walthall, III of Macon GA , daughter; Jan Walthall Walden of Sandy Springs GA, daughter-in-law; Libbie Walthall of Macon GA, grandchildren; Malcolm (Amy) Walthall of Macon GA, Wesley (Sloan) Walthall of Macon GA, Allison Walthall (Tripp) Powell of Bainbridge GA, great grandchildren; Caitlyn Nicole Walthall and Emily Grace Walthall.
Pine Pointe Hospice
6261 Peake Road, Macon, Georgia 31210
582 Walnut Street, Macon, Georgia 31201
- A Celebration of Life Monday, January 27, 2020
- Visitation - Following the Service Monday, January 27, 2020
Janet Fortson Walthall
January 26, 2020
The Fortson Clan will gather once again near Crawford County, Georgia to say good byes to the last of our parent’s generation and to join their brothers and sisters and other loved ones. They have truly had a good run and left behind the next generations to share the bond of love and family.
Even though Martha Frances and I will be unable to join the family, we will remember all of the fun times when Uncle Frank and Aunt Janet would host us at the Satilla River. That became the Thanksgiving weekend pilgrimage to reunite with cousins, aunts and uncles. Then there was the famous Buzzard Lope which Uncle Frank would lead us in, always later in the evening. Those who were unable to attend received a phone call and one the other end would be sounds of the “stomp”. I remember two of those calls specifically receiving one via ship to shore radio on the Chesapeake Bay.
Let’s hope that the days ahead will have us gathering to share stories about those that went before us, but most of all to teach the next generation the “stomp” and the true meaning of being a part of the Fortson family.
Malcolm in Virginia
January 24, 2020
Mom, Nellie Hull, Janet's sister, was never happier or more alive than when she was with her siblings, especially Aunt Janet. My memories of Janet are that she was, above all, gracious. She was always animated and fun. I have nothing but fond memories of Aunt Janet.
January 23, 2020
Thoughts and prayers to the Walthall family. Ms. Janet was a fine lady. She was so full of energy and life and kind words everytime she would pop in at the office. Her decorating skills were perfect and her smile was infectious. I'm glad to have known her. Rest in peace sweet lady.