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Irene Fortenberry

SHELBY-Irene Fortenberry, 88, passed away Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at Wendover Hospice. A native of Gaffney, S.C., she was the daughter of the late Benjamin Franklin and Martha Ellen McSwain Allen. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and a member of Westview Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by five brothers, Carson, Hood, J.D., and Gene Allen; one sister, Blanche Edmonson.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Bill Fortenberry of the home; one son, Billy Fortenberry and wife Christie; one daughter, Ellen Fortenberry all of Shelby; two grandchildren, Victoria Fortenberry and Hannah Fortenberry; many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., Saturday, at the church.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, at Westview Baptist Church, officiated by Dr. Rick Bowling.

Memorials may be made to Westview Baptist Church, 500 Melody Lane, Shelby, NC 28152.

Online condolences may be made at www.claybarnette.com.

Arrangements by Clay-Barnette Funeral Home of Shelby.

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