Southern Pines, NC
George Richard Fortner, Master Sgt, US Army Ret., age 91 of the Niagara community of Southern Pines died Monday at Manor Care in Pinehurst.
Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Thursday at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Gregg Newton and the Rev. Brad Marona. Burial will follow with full military honors in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends following the service in the church multi-purpose building.
A native of Grant County, KY he was a son of the late Arthur Wilson and Nancy Jane Penick Fortner. George served his country well from 1942 - 1967 as a Paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne and was a Green Beret in the Special Forces. He was a charter member of Pleasant Hill Baptist church and dedicated many volunteer hours in the building of the original church.
George never forgot his roots in Kentucky and he would travel with his family each year back home to visit and to help with the horses and farming. He grew very fond of North Carolina and was a great community leader. Whenever there was a need in the community George was always there to respond, many time without others even knowing. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was preceded in death by eight brothers and sisters.
He is survived by: his wife of 65 years Burlein Garner Fortner; daughters Fonda Rosenbaum and husband Gary of Welcome, NC, Juanita Ammons and husband Windy of Hamlet; son George Richard 'Ricky' Fortner, II of the home; sisters Wanda Carr of Covington, KY, Garnet Hall of Proctorville, OH; brother John Fortner of Cincinnati, OH; five grandchildren Bubba, Leigh, Crysti, Candace, Casey and six great-grandchildren Lance, Riley, Morgan, Graham, Tyler, Hayley.
Memorials may be made to: Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, P.O. Box 386, Southern Pines, NC 28388.
Powell Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the Fortner family.

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  1. Uncle George was a wonderful man. He was very good to me as I was growing up. I enjoyed staying with him and Burlein during summer vacation. One year, when my Dad was in the hospital and my Mom was caring for him, he made sure I had a birthday cake. It wa

  2. Uncle George, you were always one of my favorite uncles and now I know you are with grandma, grandpa, and the rest of our loving family that has gone on before. Thank you for your service to God, our country and your family. Will remember the family reuni

  3. Sarge, I will remember you as a "first responder" to any situation in the family or community. Thank you for the many times you have been there for me and my family. Also, thank you for being such a wonderful husband to my sister, Burlein. I wil

  4. Ricky, I just saw this and wanted to tell you how sorry I am for your loss. I know hw hared it is to loose a parent. I lost my Mom 4 years ago and am still dealing with it. Haven’t seen you since I left Roses but I wanted to let you know you and your fami

  5. We are sorry for the loss of your loved one Mr. Fortner. He is missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you continue your Journey of Grief and the Lord will provide you strength to continue on.
    God’s Peace,
    Staff and Pat

  6. I use to work with the son Rickie at Roses years ago. Im truly sorry for the loss of such a great man. Mr. Fortner and Mrs. Fortner would come in and he would always give me a hard time in a loving manner. As I know what it is like to have lose both of my

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