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Dennis Royce Fortner, age 74, of the Clearmont Community, formally of the Micaville Community, passed away Thursday morning, April 18th, 2019. A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late John and Ethel McCurry Fortner. He was also proceeded in death by siblings: Lake "Doe" Fortner, Ralph Fortner, John Richard "Dickie" Fortner, and Carolyn "Tody" Fortner Ray. Dennis was a loving father, grandfather, and friend. He was well known and loved by many. He coached Denny's A's and also worked for the Micaville Recycling Center. Anyone that knew Denny Fortner, knew that he always had something good to say about everyone. He loved everyone and it was very clear that people loved him. He seemed to always speak his mind but never made any enemies because all he said, he said in love. But most of all, he showed God's love everyday throughout his life. Dennis Fortner lived exactly what he said at church. He was always concerned about where others would spend eternity. He was also a faithful member of Sullins Branch Baptist Church.
Surviving is his loving wife of 47 years, Laura Edwards Fortner; two loving children: John Fortner (Donna) and Dennise Nicole "Nikki" Loftis (Matt); grandchildren: Cherith Murdock (Levi), Chaleigh Loftis, Caydeigh Loftis, Camille Loftis, Allie Phillips (Daniel), Elizabeth Fortner, Jeremiah Fortner and Joshua Fortner; great-grandson, Kayden Mitchell Murdock; siblings: Betty Adkins (Charles), Grace Robinson (Maurice) and John Fortner, Jr (Sharon); brothers-in-law; Jimmy Ray, Howard Arnold (Michelle) , Kevin Edwards (Janet) and Glen Edwards (Rita); sisters-in-law; Carolyn Havelka (John) and Tammy Hall (Ronnie) and his best friend, Gary Robinson. A host of nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23rd at Sullins Branch Baptist Church. Pastor Ken Jenkins and Rev. Preston Riddle will officiate. The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. prior to the services. Graveside Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday in the Micaville Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Yancey Funeral Services to help with expenses.
Some may say that this is the end of Dennis Fortner's story, but for his family, friends and loved ones, we know that this is the beginning of Dennis's new story and anyone that is saved and born again will once again get to see him one day in Heaven and get to spend eternity with him and that Savior we all know he loved dearly.