This obituary appeared in The Sun, Jonesboro, Arkansas, Friday, July 14, 2006. It contains information about a Fortson family which has been the subject of earlier inquiries on this forum.
VAN BUREN -- Ruby Marie Brooks, age 74, of Van Buren, the widow of Mr. Lyman "L.A." Brooks, died Thursday at Sparks Hospital in Fort Smith.
Born in Leachville, she was the daughter of the late William Thomas and Delilah Marie Hicks Fortson. She had been a Leachville resident before making her home in Van Buren three and one-half years ago.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Rebecca Fortson; a brother, Robert Fortson; and two sisters, Sue Hodge and Barbara Blocker.
Survivors include three daughters, Tina McCoy and her husband Melvin of Leachville, Mary Lewis and her husband Allan of Van Buren and Terrie Broyles and her husband Ed of Barling; five brothers, Billy Joe Fortson of McDonough, Ga., Earl Fortson of Barnsville, Ga., Charles Fortson of Hackett, Ronnie Fortson of Manila and Randall Fortson of Hornersville, Mo.; and one sister, Shirley Hamilton of Hackett. She also leaves four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday at the Howard Funeral chapel in Leachville with Mr. David Lawrence officiating. Burial will follow in Gainesville Cemetery near Paragould.
The family will receive visitors Sunday evening from 6-8 at the funeral home.
Serving as active pallbearers will be Brent Cox, Chad McCoy, Joe Black, Dean Fortson, Melvin McCoy, Allan Lewis and Ed Broyles.
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