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Linda Fortenberry


Linda Fortenberry
Nov. 20, 1938 – Jan. 27, 2024
After a courageous battle with cancer, Linda Sue Magee Fortenberry, 85, died Jan. 27, 2024.
She was born to Wilton and Catherine Magee Nov. 20, 1938. As a resident of Salem, she graduated from Salem High School where she excelled at sports, particularly known for her basketball skills.
On Sept. 12, 1959, she married Wyatt Fortenberry and made a home in Bogalusa. Mrs. Fortenberry was a homemaker and always had a garden filled with flowers, fruits, and vegetables which she shared. She volunteered to be a leader in Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts and also helped organize physical activities at her children’s elementary school. She became a Scouting Explorer Post leader establishing co-ed Post 182. Her post attained second place at the Explorer Post Olympics in 1980.
During her life in Bogalusa, she made many lifelong friends and learned to play tennis and golf and also began teaching and coaching the sport. In 1977, she competed in the National Tennis Lipton’s Mixed Doubles Championship.
She moved back to Tylertown and enjoyed watching her grandkids play football, basketball, and baseball. She attended New Zion Baptist Church and helped with vacation bible school and cooked for various church events.
Survivors are her son Michael (Stephenie) Fortenberry; daughter Terri (Waylon) Prevost; grandson Colter Fortenberry; grandson Grayson (Nikki) Fortenberry; great grandson Cooper Fortenberry; sister Peggy London; sister Mary Magee; sister-in-law Elaine Stogner Magee, sister-in-law Joyce Fortenberry Evans .
She was preceded in death by her husband Wyatt Fortenberry; her parents Wilton and Catherine Wood Magee; brother John I. Magee, brother-in-law Willis Fortenberry, sister-in-law Doris Davis Fortenberry, brother-in-law Fred Evans, brother-in-law Doyle London, and daughter-in-law Diane Mielke Fortenberry.
In lieu of a funeral service, the family will have a Celebration of Life at New Zion Baptist Church in Tylertown at 10:30 AM on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the church.
Riverwood Family Funeral Services in Brookhaven was in charge of the arrangements.

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