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Louella Dee Fortson, 88

Louella Dee Fortson, age 88, of Cabot passed away on Thursday, June 28, 2018.  She was born on July 1, 1929 in Enola, Arkansas to the late Cecil Bailey and Vida E. Tullow-Bailey.

She was a retired school teacher for the PCSSD; she loved the University of Arkansas Basketball team, the outdoors, children and gospel music.  She attended many singing schools and sang for several special occasions in the community.  Louella graduated in 1946 from North Little Rock High School and attend Arkansas State Teachers College (UCA) where she obtained her teaching degree.

Louella was preceded in death by her loving husband of 54 years Edward Fortson. 

She is survived by three children Charles Fortson (Kay), Lee Reed (Mickey) and Mark Fortson (Theresa) all of Jacksonville; one brother Doyne Bailey (Pat) of Austin, Texas; six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 1, 2018 from 5:00 -7:00 P.M. at A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main, Jacksonville, Arkansas. 

Funeral service will be held on Monday, July 2, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at the funeral home with burial to follow at Sumner Cemetery, 13603 Sumner Cemetery Road, Cabot, Arkansas.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to be made to Arkansas Alzheimer’s.

Arrangements are provided by A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076. 501-982-3400




  • Malcom and Paula Johnson Posted June 29, 2018 11:36 PM

    Aunt Lou was always a blessing to my family and a joy to talk with. I know she is very happy to be Home where she belongs. We miss her dearly and hold her memories close to heart. She touched many lives with her ministries and love from The Lord. Praying for peace for everyone.

  • June roman Posted June 30, 2018 5:46 AM


  • Nancy Morrow Posted June 30, 2018 6:42 AM

    So sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful and special person. She will be so missed but may you find comfort in your loving memories of her.

  • Annette Stokes Posted June 30, 2018 6:50 AM

    So Sorry for your loss prayers and comfort for your family

  • Gary Winkler Posted June 30, 2018 8:09 AM

    Heaven has gained another great singer for the choir and a wonderful teacher. I had Ms. Fortson for sixth grade many years ago. I still use some of her tricks in the college classes I teach today. She was a great neighbor also.

  • Ruby skinner Posted June 30, 2018 9:25 AM

    So glad to have known mrs. Fortson for a short time. We shared a love for music. She taught me a lot about music and was a great encourager. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  • Carla Jones Holman Posted June 30, 2018 10:24 AM

    Prayers for the family she was my 6th grade teacher loved her

  • Paula Finley Posted June 30, 2018 1:43 PM

    I love this sweet lady. And will miss her. But I know we will see her in Glory.

  • Iris Tucker Posted June 30, 2018 2:47 PM

    Wonderful Lady!

  • Lisa D Phillips Posted June 30, 2018 3:22 PM

    Mrs Fortson and her family have been a special part of my family and my growing up years are filled with wonderful me mlm orgies of her. She sang ar Mommas funeral just 8 years ago with Lee and it was one of the most special moments I always remember of that day. Blessings of comfort for you all. Love you all….Lisa

  • Karen Monroe Kropf Edmondson Posted June 30, 2018 4:54 PM

    So sorry to hear about your mom. I know how that dreadful disease Alzheimer’s can be. Believe she is now 100% whole and disease free and treasure the memories.

  • Harold Hicks Posted June 30, 2018 6:18 PM

    To the Fortson family, my deepest sympathy for your loss. Mrs. Fortson was such an iconic educator for those that new her. My greatest wish to all is that the feelings of loss are soon replaced with the many loving memories she left behind. Thoughts, hugs and prayers to Charlie, Lee and Mark.

  • Karen Watkins Posted July 1, 2018 8:35 AM

    I was blessed to be able to teach with her at Bayou Meto. Her life has inspired me throughout my career. She was an exemplary mentor and friend.

  • Paige Jordan Posted July 1, 2018 12:21 PM

    She was my teacher and I have wonderful memories being in her class.

  • John D. Bailey Posted July 1, 2018 1:52 PM

    Louella was a natural teacher and encourager. She had me in a couple of her singing schools but despite her best, my talent did not develop. She encouraged me and helped construct a speech fpr my high school graduation of which at the time I was not very enthusiastic. I remember as a young boy and her as a teenager, going with her on a fast and wild truck ride after Uncle Cecil had made her mad. She scared me.
    She was a special person and our faith assures us of her eternity.

  • John & Evelyn Borchert Posted July 2, 2018 10:06 AM

    We are so sorry for your loss. We have always thought a lot of Mrs. Fortson. She was a very kind and Christian women.

  • Buddy & Brenda DeBoard Loveland Posted July 6, 2018 12:09 PM

    She was my favorite teacher at Jacksonville Elementary!
    My husband went to church with her at Gravel Ridge and so enjoyed her singing!
    Such an absolutely wonderful lady!
    Buddy & Brenda

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