Earnest “Ernie” Fortner, 80, Siam Community of Elizabethton passed away Monday, June 3, 2019 in the Four Oaks Health Care Center of Jonesborough. He was a son of the late Rhudy and Mamie Estep Fortner. Mr. Fortner was a farmer and a member of the Horseshoe Freewill Baptist Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, sports, western movies and all of his friends from John Reed Nursing Home and Four Oaks Health Care Center. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sisters, Glenda Hall and Irene Shirley; five brothers, David Fortner, Larry Fortner, Jimmy Fortner, Lloyd Fortner and James W. Fortner.
Survivors include a sister, Fannie Mae Fortner Henshaw Gosnell of Jonesborough; a brother, Bruce Fortner of Lincoln, Nebraska; two special sisters-in-law, Trula B. Fortner, Elizabethton and Alazine Fortner, Scherltz, Texas; also several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be conducted at 3:00 PM Wednesday, June 5, 2019 in the Horseshoe Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery, Wilbur Dam Road, Elizabethton with Rev. Gene Deaton officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1:00 until 2:00 PM. Pallbearers will be selected from family and friends.
The family would like to offer special thanks to the staff of John M. Reed and Four Oaks Health Care Center for the wonderful care they provided.
Condolences may be made online at www.wadugger.com. Woodall-Anderson and Dugger Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 108 W. Watauga Avenue, Johnson City is serving the Fortner family. 423-928-2245