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Harold Fortson, 87

Harold Fortson, 87 of Jacksonville, passed away on July 8, 2021.  He was born in Olmstead, Arkansas on February 2, 1934 to Coy and Beulah Douglas Fortson.

Harold was a retired dairy and cattle farmer.  He was a member of Bethel Assembly of God Church where he served as a Sunday School teacher and song leader. He served on the Pulaski County Quorum Court, Pulaski County Deputy Mounted Patrol, and was a longtime Farm Bureau board member.

In addition to his parents, Harold was preceded in death by his wife of 38 years, Jewel Dean Fortson, granddaughter, Sarah Hillman, brother, Edward Fortson and daughter-in-law Shari Fortson.

He is survived by his wife of 28 years Christene Fortson, three sons: Leon (Janice), James, Johnny (Shanda) and one daughter, Virginia Young (Larry).  Eight grandchildren: Chris, Candice, Daniel (Poodoo), Jamie, Philip, Doug, Justin, Kerri and sixteen great grandchildren. Three step children, Priscilla Barnes (Manuel), Charlotte Fredeen (Doug), and Eddie Horton (Tammy), eight step grandchildren and ten step great grandchildren.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Roseanne Hodges and Jo McElduff with VA Medical Center, Barbara Fennell, and Arkansas Hospice for their care.

Visitation will be Sunday, July 11, 2021 from 2:00-4:00pm at A Natural State Funeral Service in Jacksonville. Funeral will be Monday, July 12, 2021 at 10:00am at Bethel Assembly of God Church in Jacksonville. Burial will follow at Harmony Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. 501-982-3400


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  • Amy Sanders Posted July 9, 2021 4:12 PM

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of this family as you adjust your life with out your dad here on this earth.

  • Rev. Gary and Paula Finley Posted July 9, 2021 11:19 PM

    Will surely be missed. Was a great friend

  • Donna Majeske Posted July 10, 2021 1:54 AM

    Virginia , I was sorry to hear about the loss of your father .it’s a big loss to the community also. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

  • Beth buchanan Posted July 10, 2021 8:07 PM

    My prayers are with you

  • Grady and Susan Baker Posted July 11, 2021 2:13 PM

    We are very sorry for your loss! Love and prayers to you and your family!

  • Samuel Strain Posted July 12, 2021 12:49 AM

    Sorry for your loss. Praying for your family

  • Libbie Dougan Posted July 12, 2021 2:09 PM

    I am asking The Holy Spirit to pour His peace and contentment, comfort and joy, down over you all, like warm honey. Blessings to you all. Libbie Dougan. I am Bo Dougan’s widow.

  • CASSANDRA A BONE Posted July 13, 2021 9:06 PM

    All the carriers on route 2 loved Mr. Fortson it was a highlight of the route to get to go in, give him his mail and chat with him for a minute. He will be missed.

  • Beverly Denise Parkinson Posted August 11, 2021 12:50 PM

    What a fine man and wonderful storyteller and lover of history. It was an honor to meet and get to know him.

  • Lynnette Seilkop Posted October 10, 2021 1:03 PM

    Hello, I am the daughter of Jean Dewberry (JD Fortson daughter). I’m sorry to hear about the passing of Harold. He was such a nice man. I remember going to his farm when I was little and watching him milk all of his cows. I pray that your family is resting in the knowledge that he is with the Lord.

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