Exa Mae Fortner, 95 and Formerly of Bogata

Mrs. Exa Mae Fortner, 95, formerly of Bogata, died on Thursday, August 17, 2017 in Spring Lake Assisted Living.  A memorial service will be held at Christ Community Church, 116 S. Collegiate Drive with Reverend Brad Aldridge officiating at 2:00 pm on Saturday, August 19.  A Graveside Service will be held following the service at Bogata Cemetery under the direction of Wood Funeral Homes, Bogata.  The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to services.

Mrs. Fortner was born on September 6, 1921, in the Mauldin Community of Red River County, Texas.  She was the daughter of George Willie and Maudie Mae Smith Sheffield.  She married Spencer Eve Fortner on November 25, 1941 in Clarksville, Texas.  He preceded her in death on August 31, 1976.  She was also preceded in death by her parents; three brothers and one sister, Winford, G.W., Wesley and Loeta Sheffield; as well as step children:  Jim, Arnold, Archie, Beryl, Spencer, Roger and Ray Fortner and their spouses.  Mrs. Fortner was a Licensed Vocational Nurse in Red River and Lamar County Health Facilities for over 30 years.  For the past several years, she had been a resident of Springlake Assisted Living in Paris.

She is survived by Don Fortner and wife, Earline and Ted Fortner and wife, Beverly of Paris; John Fortner and wife Sharon of Terrell, Texas; and Mary and husband, Richard Graves of Odessa; a sister, Juanita Johnson of Plano also survives.  Mrs. Fortner was loved by a host of grandchildren, great-grand-children, and great-great-grandchildren.  She will be missed.

Online condolences may be sent to www.woodfuneralhomes.com

  1. Becky ross says:

    My heart is so saddened by loss of this special lady.
    We had so many good times together weather playing dominoes or just talkin.
    I loved this Lil lady so much.
    Truly an Angel who will surely be missed.

  2. Judy Nutt says:

    Ted, sorry for your loss. Cherish your memories.

  3. Tony Clark says:

    My condolences to the Fortner family! Don, Bobby, I had heard many stories of what a wonderful lady she was. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God bless and comfort you.

  4. Betty Allums Johnson says:

    Thinking of you in these difficult times. We recently lost our mother and understand the loss of a parent is never easy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family for comfort and peace.

  5. Mickey Bowles says:

    I worked with Exa Mae in the 70’s at McCuistion Hospital. Such a sweet lady.

  6. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family for comfort and peace.

  7. Shirley Smith says:

    Don I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Mother. I will try to get by to see you soon.

  8. Tresa Couch says:

    Thinking of and praying for the family. I always enjoyed seeing and visiting with Mrs Exa Mae through the years. I will cherish those memories. Love to you all.

  9. Stephanie Boutwell says:

    I just saw this and wanted to let the family know how much I thought of Ms.Exa. I worked with her at St.Joseph’s 16-17 years ago when I was a brand new nurse. She was the most gentle, kind hearted person I had ever met. She will be missed by so many.

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