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Parkway Funeral Home & Parkway Memorial Cemetery

1161 Highland Colony Pkwy, Ridgeland, MS

OBITUARY

H. Glen Fortenberry

November 25, 1934October 25, 2019
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Harold Glen Fortenberry passed away on October 25, 2019, at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center.

Glen was born November 25, 1934, in Marion County to Henry Harold and Jessie Shackles Fortenberry. He was raised from an early age by his paternal grandmother, Pearl Day Fortenberry.

Glen received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Troy University. Following graduation, he coached at Newton High School, Millen (GA) High School, Holmes AHS/Community College, and Winona High School. He obtained an additional Master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling and worked for the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services and the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Commission. After he retired from state service, he was self employed for twenty-five years as a vocational/rehabilitation services consultant. He enjoyed participation in several professional organizations during this time and made many lasting friendships through his work.

Glen was a member of First Baptist Church of Fannin and a former member of Woodland Hills Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon. Glen was a very devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend, who will be greatly missed. A very favorite role in his life was being Papa to his two grandchildren. He was an avid golfer and sports enthusiast.

Glen is survived by his wife, Kathy Ayer Fortenberry; daughter, Tracy Fortenberry; daughter and son-in-law, Paige and Jason Smith; grandchildren, Kas and Jackson Smith, all of Brandon. He is also survived by an aunt, June Reagan, Kokomo; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Dianne and Smith L. Ayer, Tallahassee; and numerous cousins.

The family would like to thank their countless friends who have offered support, encouragement, and most importantly, prayers during his illness.

Funeral Services will be 2:00pm Tuesday October 29, 2019 at Parkway Funeral Home in Ridgeland. Visitation will be 4-6pm Monday October 28 at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Building Fund, First Baptist Church of Fannin, 101 Church Road, Brandon, MS 39047; Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road, S.W., Lilburn, GA 30047, www.lbda.org; or your charity of choice.

  • FAMILY

  • Kathy Ayer Fortenberry, Wife
  • Tracy Fortenberry, Daughter
  • Paige and husband Jason Smith, Daughter
  • Kas Smith, Granddaughter
  • Jackson Smith, Grandson
  • June Reagan, Aunt
  • Smith L. and wife Dianne Ayer, Brother-in-law
  • Mr. Fortenberry also leaves numerous cousins to cherish his memory.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, October 28, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, October 29, 2019

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H. Glen Fortenberry

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Joe Moore

October 30, 2019

Kathy, was saddened by the loss of Coach Fortenberry. I enjoyed working with him in Winona.

Kay Isbell

October 28, 2019

Kathy , I am so saddened to hear of Glenn's passing. Please know that you and the girls are in our thoughts and prayers. Years have gone by but wonderful memories are always with us. Justin, Amanda and I send our love to you each.

Regina Blackstock

October 28, 2019

Kathy, So sorry for the loss of your husband. He was a wonderful person. The last time we saw him, he paid for our breakfast. We really enjoyed spending that time with you and him. We know he is no longer sick and is at peace. We send our love and prayers to you and the family.

Sincerely,

Jeff & Regina Blackstock

Kathy McILrath

October 28, 2019

I had the pleasure of working with Glen for many years. He was always such an inspiration to me and everyone he touched. He is at peace with our father now and no doubt talking football. My thoughts nd prayers are with Kathy and his family.

Kathy McILrath

Lynn Ross

October 27, 2019

Condolences to Kathy, the kids and other family. Glen was a great neighbor for years and a good friend for decades.

Carl Sightler

October 27, 2019

Just notified of Glen's passing. I have known Glen for a very long time as he was my first college roommate. I had just graduated from high school along with Kathy and she and I both stated college that summer at Troy State College. Glen had come to Troy to work on his masters degree and we ended up in the same dorm room. That was a blessing for me as Glen was so instrumental in keeping me on the right path regarding study habits, etc. I had the honor of introducing Glen to Kathy that summer at Troy and I think it was love at first site as they have been together all these years. Kathy, I am so sorry for your loss. I had the upmost respect for Glen.
Dr. Carl Sightler Captain USN (Ret.)

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