Phyllis Lavon Fortner

July 6, 1940 -June 4, 2021

Phyllis L. Fortner, 80, of Bedford, went to be with the Lord at 10 p.m. on Friday at White River Lodge in Bedford.

Born July 6, 1940, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Cornelius Fry and Ruby (Jackson) Fry. She married Robert “Bob” Fortner on September 3, 1960, and he preceded her in death on June 30, 2015. She was an Inspector at GE and was a member of the Dive Christian Church. Throughout her life, she was a constant caregiver of many, a proud grandmother, and a great cook. She loved gospel music, and flowers of all kinds. She was affectionately known to many as Mamaw.

Survivors include two sons, Brad Fortner and wife Karla, of Bedford, and Mark Fortner, of Bedford; four grandchildren, Rachel Bunch and husband Dakoda, of Mitchell, Shelby Fortner and husband Isaac Slaughter, of Oolitic, Sam Fortner and companion Carrie Sharp, of Bedford, and Silas Fortner, of Bedford; four great-grandchildren, Noah, Caroline and Rhylee Bunch, and Charlotte Fortner; three siblings, Meredith Fry, of Chesterfield, Verna Sleighter, of Bedford, and John Fry, of Indianapolis; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; siblings, Esther Fry, Gerald Fry, Mary Etta Rainey, Morris Fry, Donna Hagan, David Fry.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 10th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Joe McAdams officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 9th, and from 10 a.m. until the hour of service on Thursday, all at Day & Carter Mortuary.

In honor of Lavon’s generous hospitality and excellent cooking, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to Bertha’s Mission.

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