“And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.” Revelation 14:13
Truman Fortune, Sr. was born on May 29, 1951 to the late Luckett Sr. and Ruthie J. Burkes Fortune. He was born the tenth child of twelve children.
He professed his faith in Jesus Christ in the earlier years of his life and joined First Walnut Grove COGIC where he was a trustee and remained a faithful member until he was called to eternal rest.
He received his education from Murphy High School with the graduating class of 1970.
On December 24, 1971, he united in holy matrimony to Sylvia Jean Stribling and to this union five children were born.
He began his profession at Presto, Arbor Acres, Superior Coach, and Penrod Drilling Company and worked for these companies for countless years. He was a dedicated worker and excelled in everything he did. In 1986, he retired from Penrod Drilling Company.
Truman was a leader, a role model, entrepreneur of Earthville Trailer Park and owner of Fortune Towing Company. He had to own nice things and believed in having a pair of everything, he didn’t believe in borrowing, he was a great example of what you would call a “jack of all trades”. He took pride in his appearance and everything that he owned. He had an unique bond with his entire family and friends.
He had a passion for farming, hunting, and spending quality time with his family and especially his grandchildren because they were the apple of his eye.
He was preceded in death by, his son; Truman LaFrito Fortune, his parents; Deacon Luckett Fortune, Sr. and Mother Ruthie J. Burkes Fortune. Three siblings; Rudolph Fortune, Ivern Lewis, and Bonnie Coleman.
He transitioned this earthly life on Sunday, February 7, 2021 at 11:44 p.m. at Select Specialty in Jackson, MS.
He leaves to treasure his memories, his devoted wife of 49 years; Sylvia Jean Fortune of Walnut Grove, MS. Four children; Valeria Shaunta Wilson (Mickey), Amanda Fortune, Ashley May (Warren) and Adrian Fortune (Vanessa) all of Walnut Grove, MS. Twelve grandchildren, four great grandchildren. Eight siblings; Mother Ruth Helen Shoemaker, Luckett Fortune, Jr., Vera Gorman, Fannie Darby (James) all of Walnut Grove, MS, Mary Helen Quick of Cincinnati, OH, Secret Cannon (Reginald), Vernestine Lea (Archie) both of Jonesboro, GA and Annie Lee Sanders (Matthew) of Carthage, MS. An aunt; Myrtis Peavie, an uncle; J.B. Burkes both of Walnut Grove, MS. A special son, Samuel Jackson of Carthage, MS and a dear friend; Hezekiah “Cooter” Wesley, of Walnut Grove, MS. A host of sisters and brothers in love, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Truman was the backbone and provider for his family and was a blessing to everyone that he came in contact with. He will be sorely missed by the genuine love that he showed to everyone and was a strong believer of your word being your bond.
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