Mrs. Mavis Ruth Hudson Fortenberry, 99, of Hickory, went to her Heavenly Home on Sunday November 12, 2023, after a period of declining health.
Mrs. Fortenberry was born in Burke County, a daughter of the late Leslie and Velma Hildebrand Hudson. She was a graduate of George Hildebran High School, Mars Hill Junior College, Lenoir Rhyne University and Appalachian State University. In addition to being a loving wife and mother she worked as a Teacher and Reading Specialist at George Hildebran Elementary School and Hildebran Elementary School. Mavis was a faithful and active member of Wilkies Grove Baptist Church, a charter member and director of the WMU, Choir member, Sunday School teacher and WMU director of South Mountain Baptist Association. She also wrote the history of Wilkies Gove Baptist Church from 1892 until 1981 and served as a member of the Women’s Auxiliary of the George Hildebran Fire Department. Mavis was a strong Christian lady who loved her family, friends, church and students. She led her family in daily devotions. She and her husband Jessie had the privilege of traveling to all 50 states and many other countries.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jessie Fortenberry, two sons, Eddie Fortenberry and Billy Fortenberry, brothers, Shirley, John, Leroy, Leslie, Jr., Robert and Michael Hudson, and sisters, Lexie Cannon, Mentie Hudson, Muriel Beavers, and Beulah Eades and grandchild, Tracy Annas..
Surviving are her daughters, Marie Swink (Gene), Ellen Fortenberry, and sister, Corene Johnson. Also surviving are the apples of her eye, her grandchildren, Any English (Tom), Jimmy Fortenberry (Leslie) and great-grandchildren, Jesse Huff (Bailey), Alex Huff (Kierstyn), Kayla Fortenberry, Spencer Bumgarner, Paizli Fortenberry, great-great-grandson, Jaxon Huff, and a number of nieces and nephews. The family appreciates the leadership and love that Mavis and Jessie provided.
Mrs. Fortenberry will lie in state from 3 until 3:30 P.M. Wednesday November 15, 2023 and Funeral Services will follow at 3:30 P.M. at Wilkies Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Thurman Roe and Rev. Chance Settle officiating. Interment will follow in the Wilkies Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. A Reception will follow for family and friends in the Church Fellowship Hall.
Their family would like to thank all the wonderful people who provided care and services for Mavis, at her home, Carolina Caring, Patricia Bortnick and Kristen McKinney, the staff at College Pines Nursing Center and many others whose names are too many to name.
Memorials, may be made to Reading is Fundamental, 750 First St. NE, Ste. 920, Washington, DC, 20002, (rif.org).