Leonard Goins Fortenberry

Leonard Goins Fortenberry, 81, of McGehee died on March 25, 2018 at his home.

He was born on August 1, 1936 in Hermanville, Mississippi and was the son of the late Leonard and Johnnie Ruth Fortenberry.

Mr. Fortenberry was a 1955 graduate of Desha Central High School where he excelled at baseball and basketball, and developed a lifelong love of sports. He served in the United States Army and was stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. While enlisted, he played on the Fort Sill traveling baseball team.

Mr. Fortenberry retired from Terra International serving the Southeast Arkansas and Northeast Louisiana areas for many years. He was a dedicated Christian man who loved his family and never met a stranger. He will be remembered as “Poppy” to his four granddaughters and his great-grandson, whom he dearly loved.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Ruth Gilbert Fortenberry; his sons, Todd Fortenberry of McGehee and Carlton “Stoney” Fortenberry and his wife Krista, of Helena; a brother, Melvin Fortenberry of Booneville; sisters, Audrey Young of El Dorado and Linda Munnerlyn (Jimmy) of Dumas; granddaughters, Stephanie Tubbs (Zach) of Bastrop, Louisiana, Shelby Fortenberry of Monticello, Kelley and Caroline Fortenberry of Helena; and great-grandson, John Ross Tubbs of Bastrop; as well as a host of nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be at Griffin-Culpepper Funeral Service Chapel in McGehee on Tuesday, March 27 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. A graveside service will follow at 2 p.m. at the McGehee Cemetery with Brother Ben White officiating.

Pallbearers will be Aubrey Lipford, Joe Owens, Toby Young, Matthew Young, Roy Fortenberry, and Bryan Smith.

Memorials may be made to the McGehee Branch Public Library, 211 N. 4th Street, McGehee, AR 71654.