Jack Edward Fortune, 79 years of age, of Stollings, formerly of West Logan, passed away Tuesday, August 23, 2011, at Logan Regional Medical Center following a long illness.
Born February 11, 1932 at Peach Creek, he was the son of the late Rev. W. E. Fortune and Edith Fortune Hinchman. Also preceding him in death were his first wife and mother of his daughters, Norma Marcum Fortune, one infant sister, Sue Ann Fortune; paternal grandparents, John and Tiny Fortune; his maternal grandparents, Pearil (Paul) and Ada Austin.
Jack was a graduate of Logan High School with the class of 1951 and was employed for 45 years by C & O Railroad at Peach Creek where he was Yard Master and held many other positions. He was a member of the local Railroad Clerkâs Union. He was an active member and former elder at First Presbyterian Church where he spent many hours seeing to the needs of the church and was instrumental in the installation of the new church elevator of which he was so proud.
Survivors include his best friend and loving wife, Pauline Conner Williams Fortune, his daughters, Teresa (David) Jones of Turkey, Texas; Linda (Donnie) Prichard of West Logan; his step-daughters, Cathy (Jimmie) Ferrell of Justice Addition; Cheryl (Stephen) Wellman of Huntersville, N.C.; his brothers , Rev. James (Elouine) Fortune, Thomas (Annetta) Fortune and Paul (Sharon) Fortune all of West Logan; one sister Nancy (Dean) Lilly of Statesville, N.C.: his grandchildren, Katrina (Bruce) Epperhart of West Logan; Scott (Melissa) Prichard of Verdunville; Jamie Ferrell and Sarah Ferrell of Justice Addition; Connor Wellman of Huntersville; Christa (Sky) Wallace of Laurel Hill, Florida; Shanda (Trey) Bates of Amarillo, Texas; great grandchildren Donald Scott Prichard of Verdunville; Damian and Dylan Wallace of Laurel Hill, Florida; Eli and Emma Bates of Amarillo, Texas; several nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and a host of dear friends and other relatives.
Jack grew up during the depression years and was well known for his many charitable deeds to those in surrounding arears who needed help whether it was an old appliance that needed to be fixed or a family that needed food or other necessity, he was always willing and able to see to their needs. Jackâs family which was a household name installed and maintained the first television line in West Logan and surrounding areas when WSAZ first aired in Logan County. One of Teresaâs favorite memories of her father was his nightly ritual at bedtime when he whispered to each daughter âgood night, youâre sweet, sharp and beautiful and I love you.â
Services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Friday, August 26th, at the James Funeral Home with Rev. Doug Craven officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery at Peckâs Mill.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be members of the immediate family.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Logan or your favorite charity.
Condolences may be left at www.jamesfh.com.
James Funeral Home of Aracoma is in charge of arrangements.