In Loving Memory of George Wilson “Will” Fortenberry (1949-2012)

Jon’s “big brother”, friend, uncle, and hero  (1971 at Tulane Stadium)

Click this link to view other Miscellaneous Photos of Will Fortenberry

Last Thursday we received the sad and unexpected news that Jon’s uncle, Will Fortenberry, died suddenly of a heart attack. Needless to say it shocked many of us as Will was only 62 and the youngest of his siblings with Jon’s mom being in the middle of the five children.

One views death as a natural order of progression where usually the eldest passes first and the youngest last.   However, who are we to know the exact time that we shall meet our Maker?

Psalm 139:16 Your eyes saw my unformed body, all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. 

Thankfully Will knew Jesus and lived a full life.

Jon is twelve years younger than Will, which is the same age spread between our eldest Caryn and her younger sister Cayley.  So I understand the sadness Jon feels as Will was like an older brother to Jon. Jon looked up to Will and viewed him as a hero.   When we got married it was only natural that Will would be a groomsman. After all, Jon was a groomsman in Will’s wedding.

We have shared several anniversary celebrations together with the first being our rehearsal dinner and their 10th. Then I recall our 5th and their 15th in New Orleans at Antoine’s and Pat O Brien’s.  Lastly,  for our 20th and their 30th we were in Hawaii with my in-laws who celebrated their 45th.  Such great times together.  An event I fondly recall was Will’s company Christmas party in 1983 where we had to dress up like punk rockers.  It was such a crazy fun time. I found a photo to prove it (be sure to click on misc. photo link above).

Thankfully, I have many sweet memories of Will that I will treasure all my life.  I will miss his smile and humor.  Will, like all his siblings, added life, laughter and loudness to the Fortenberry family gatherings.  I thank God for the gift that his life was to those privileged to know him – myself included.  Rest in peace.

My condolences and prayers to Will’s wife Catherine, and children Kristen and Timothy.  He loved you dearly.