James R. Fortner, 71, of Benton passed away Tuesday, June 12, at his home. He was born on October 9, 1940 in Cale to the late Arley Franklin and Vivian Lucille Jones Fortner. Mr. Fortner attended the Landmark Missionary Baptist Church in Vilonia and the United Missionary Baptist Church in Salem. He loved to play the guitar, served in the U. S. Army, and was a mobile equipment operator for Alcoa for 32 years.
In addition to his parents his wife, Betty Garren Fortner and son, Jody Fortner also preceded him in death, both in 2009.
He is survivored by his two daughters, Jamie Fortner of Bryant and Teresa Baker of Conway; four sons, Rick Fortner and wife Terri of Sheridan, Roger Fortner and wife Anna of Fountain Valley, CA, Elvis Garren and wife Terry, of Conway, and Dale Garren of Conway; three brothers, Cletus, Johnny, and Paul Fortner all of Saline County; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren, and many friends.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 16, in the chapel of Roller-Ballard Funeral Home (315-4047) with Rev. Mike Harmon officiating. A private interment will take place later at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock. Honorary pallbearers are James Prysock, Kenny Welch, W. M. Smith, Cecil Byers, Ritchie Haley, and Bro. Wesley McCrotty.
Visitation will be held from 6 - 8 p.m. Friday evening, June 15th at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Landmark Missionary Baptist Church, 50 Eagle St., Vilonia, AR 72173 and/or United Missionary Baptist Church, 17325 Unity Road, Benton, AR 72019.
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