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Ruth Chambers Fortenberry
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Funeral services for Ruth Chambers Fortenberry, 96, of Demorest, will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at Fairfield Baptist Church with the Rev. Keith Allison officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Fortenberry died Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

Born Nov. 12, 1916, in Habersham County, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Nora McEntire Chambers. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Gladys Fortenberry; daughter, Scarlett Fortenberry Whelchel; son, Hobert Fortenberry; son-in-law, Jerry Watkins; daughter-in-law, Patsy Ash Fortenberry; brother, Haskel Chambers; sisters, Nella Holcomb, Carolyn Crane, Marie Dillard and Mary Willow Hood; and great-grandchild, Adam Elrod.

She lived her entire life in Habersham County, was the oldest member of Fairfield Baptist Church, worked for many years at Piedmont Automotive, and was a homemaker. She enjoyed growing vegetables and flowers, quilting and cooking. She loved her family and friends and, above all, she loved the Lord.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Marvin and Elese Fortenberry of Demorest; son-in-law, Sam Whelchel of Clarkesville; daughter-in-law, Barbara Craven Fortenberry of Cornelia; brother and sister-in-law, Orem and Jessie Lou Chambers of Cleveland; sisters, Evelyn Wilson of Belmont, N.C., and Blanche Carpenter of Augusta, S.C.; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. today, Aug. 14, at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest.

Flowers are accepted or donations may be made to Fairfield Baptist Church, 2236 Highway 105, Demorest, GA 30535.

Those wishing to express online condolences to the Fortenberry family may do so by visiting

Arrangements are in the care of Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest.

The Northeast Georgian

Wednesday, August 14, 2013