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Nelia Kay Fortson, age 71

Nelia Kay Fortson, 71, of Jacksonville passed away on February 6, 2024, in Cabot, Arkansas.  She was born on October 21, 1952, in Searcy, Arkansas to Elmer and Emily Acklin-Smith.

Kay loved riding motorcycles, sewing, reading, paper crafting, and especially enjoyed cooking for her family. She attended Crossroads Cowboy Church in El Paso, Arkansas. She enjoyed canning bounty from the garden, camping, and doing anything crazy her daughter, Farrah, could convince her to do! Kay lived her life fully and will be missed dearly by everyone who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her brother Harold Smith; her sister Camilla Edens; and her brother Danny Kuhl Smith.

Kay leaves behind her husband of 41 years Charles Edward Fortson; her daughters Paula Kay Harness of Conway and Farrah (Scott) Walters of Cabot; her granddaughters Heather Fortson and Makayla Adams; great-grandchildren Chris, Maci, Beau, Conner, Harley, and Brayder; her sisters Jackie (Harvey) Ferguson of Texas, Marty (John) Cox of Arkansas, and Judy (Don) Turner of Oklahoma; her sister-in-law Leann (Mickey) Reed and brother-in-law Mark (Theresa) Fortson; and many extended family and friends.

Kay’s visitation will be Monday, February 12, 2024 at 1:00PM with a funeral service to follow at 2:00PM in the chapel at A Natural State Funeral Service.

Arrangements by A Natural State Funeral Service 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076. 501-982-3400. Online guestbook available at


  • Jeanne Henderson Posted February 9, 2024 1:23 PM

    Farrah, Scott & family. I’m so broken hearted for y’all! Had some really good times with Kay during y’all’s school years. Loved your Mama dearly! Beautiful lady inside and out ❤️

  • Lisa Woodruff Posted February 9, 2024 2:25 PM

    Truly a wonderful friend! I will so miss her

  • Lisa Woodruff Posted February 9, 2024 2:26 PM

    Truly a wonderful friend! I will so miss her so much

  • Tam Buck Posted February 9, 2024 2:32 PM

    Kay will be truly missed. I’ll always remember her laughter and saying Farrah Dawn I’m going to whoop you. Prayers for the family.

  • Lori White Posted February 9, 2024 4:33 PM

    Ms.Kay was one of a
    Kind, always smiling and laughing when I would see her. Prayers for her family during this difficult time.

  • Randy and Laura Stice Posted February 9, 2024 7:16 PM

    Mrs. Kaye was one very special lady and friend that we worked with many years. We were proud to have met and worked with you. Prayers for the family.

  • Donna Scribner Posted February 10, 2024 4:43 AM

    Kay was a great friend and neighbor. Gonna miss her.

  • Bianca Parham Posted February 11, 2024 9:44 AM

    My heart goes out to you and your family Farrah. Please accept my deepest condolences 💐 and know that you are in my thoughts.

  • Toney Abbott Posted February 12, 2024 8:53 PM

    She fought a good fight. Kay left a lot of good memories to help you find comfort.

  • Kim Whittemore Posted February 23, 2024 8:39 AM

    Farrah, I so sorry for your loss. You mom was a beautiful and wonderful friend to me @ CARTI. . I will miss her dearly. Thinking of you . Kim Whittemore

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