Southern Pines, NC


Hazel Burlein Fortner, 90, of Southern Pines, NC went to her heavenly home January 28, 2017.


A service will be held at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 2:00 pm, officiated by the Reverend Greg Newton. Visitation will take place at the church prior to the service, beginning at 12:30 pm.


A long-time resident of Southern Pines, NC, she graduated from Southern Pines High School and worked in civil service at Camp McColl, then as an admission secretary at Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst, NC for 15 years. She was a founding, lifelong member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, singing in the choir and active in the WMU. She and her husband met at a dance and enjoyed it for many years


She was predeceased by her husband of 66 years George Fortner, her parents, Burney and Eula Garner, and two brothers, Bryce Garner and Cranford Garner. She is survived by son, Ricky Fortner of Southern Pines, NC, two daughters, Fonda Rosenbaum (Gary) of Welcome, NC and Juanita Ammons (Windy) of Hamlet, NC, two sisters, Shirley Cox of Southern Pines, NC, and Pat Branch (Woody) of Greensboro, NC and five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.


Memorials can be made to Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, 2237 Camp Easter Road, Southern Pines, NC 28387.


Powell Funeral Home and Crematory of Southern Pines is assisting the family.


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  1. Just read Burlein’s obituary,we are so grateful for her sweet smile and her good Christian testimony. So happy she has a new body and is pain free. Prayers and sympathy for all of you.

  2. Condolence to the Fortner family for the loss of your dear loved one. At such times as these we can go to God’s word for comfort. At 2Corinthians 1:3,4 God promise to comfort us during all our trials. At John5:28,28 the Bible gives us the hope of seeing o

  3. So sorry to hear about Burlein’s death. My prayers are with you all as you go through this difficult time. May God richly blesss each of you, especially Juanita, Ricky and Fonda.

  4. Just heard about Burlein, , what a sweet lady, I have such sweet memoiries of her and her family. May God comfort the whole family during this time of loss . Our love, prayers and Sympathy are with you.

    PS – Our Dad and Mom (Tracy and Dorothy Comer

  5. Dear Fonda and family,

    I am so sorry about your mother. When we talked I was hoping she was improving. You were so blessed to have each other and remember her LOVE will always live in your heart. Continued prayers in the days ahead.

    Love and

  6. I remember your mother as so kind and so much a part of my childhood. I am so sorry I was out of town and not able to attend services. A life well lived. God bless you!

  7. I was saddened to hear of Burlein’s passing. I worked with her many years ago and she was such a sweet, caring person. My thoughts and prayers are with you; she will be missed by many.

  8. Dear Ricky, Juanita and Fonda, I am so sorry to hear about your mother. I have a lot of fond memories of Burlein at Grannie’s store, at church, and all the times all of us kids played in your yard. God bless you all.

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