William Terrance Fortner

January 7, 2022


William Terrance Fortner age 78 of Marion passed away at Autumnwood of McBain on January 7, 2022, He was born on November 21, 1943 in North Carolina to James and Irene (Gnas) Brewington. He married Nellie  Grauman in May of 1986 in Taylor and she preceded him in death on November 22, 2018.

He had worked as a builder in the housing industry and was a jack of all trades. He loved to fish, go to the casino, cook and make sure everyone was fed. He enjoyed spending time with his wife and family. He served in the US Army and was a POW.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Frank Gnas.

He is survived by his two sons, William (Jacki) Fortner Jr. of Killeen, Texas and Ray Brewington. He also has four stepdaughters, Teresa (Brian) Wentworth of Holly, Carrie (David) Hoskins of Williamston, Michele (Josh) Opincar of Phoenix, Arizona, and Kathleen (Frank) Higgins of Howell. There are nine grandchildren and one great grandson with twin great granddaughters expected in the near future, and one brother, Daniel Brewington.

A Celebration of Life will be held later in August with full military rites. Burkholder Family Funeral Home in McBain handled arrangements and thoughts and prayers may be made at

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