Obituary: Jan Cheryl Fortner

October 14, 1953 – April 15, 2020

Jan Cheryl Fortner, 66, of Bedford, passed away Wednesday, April 15, 2020, at her residence after a long hard-fought battle with colorectal cancer.

Born October 14, 1953, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Elmer “Tony” and Evelyn “Maxine” (Blackerby) Worley.  She married Jerry Dean Fortner February 24, 1978.

Jan retired as the office manager for Dr. Danny Hall with 32 years of service.  She was a member of the Bride of Christ Fellowship. Jan graduated from Mitchell High School in 1971 and enjoyed lunches with her high school friends. Jan was a very kind, humble, nurturing, and genuine soul to everyone. She was very graceful up to the time of passing. She devoted her life to caring for the people she loved.  She was extremely close to members of the Fortner family and continued the Worley Family tradition of quilting. She enjoyed a beautiful lawn, flowers, and gardening.  She loved being called, “Aunt” Jan.

Survivors include her husband, Jerry Fortner of Bedford; daughter, Stephanie (Steven) Sipes of Mitchell; sisters, Rhonda (Tom) Harrell of Lexington, Kentucky, Wynola “Odie” (Verl) Taylor of Bedford, Deb DeLong of Jacksonville, Florida; several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles; our extended family, Lindsey and Gavin Steele, Laney, Linkyn, and Truman

Her parents; brother-in-law, Pete Tardiff; and parents-in-law, John and Blanche Fortner, preceded her in death.

A family service will be Saturday, April 18, with Brother Jerry Allen officiating. Burial will be in Cresthaven Memory Gardens.

Memorial gifts can be made in Jan’s memory to the  Lawrence County Cancer Patient Services

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