Barbara Carol Hayton Fortner

BARBARA CAROL HAYTON FORTNER, 75, of Prichard, W.Va., went to be with the Lord on Friday, March 31st, 2023, at St. Mary’s Medical Center. She was born December 17th, 1947, in Huntington, W.Va., a daughter of the late Robert and Rosalie Jarrell Hayton. In addition to her parents Barbara was preceded in death by her sister Linda Sue Hayton Christian and her granddaughter Maggie Elizabeth Rose Wellman. She was a member of First Independent Missionary Baptist Church of Kenova where she was also a Sunday School teacher. Barbara was best known for her love of spending time laughing and making memories with her family and friends. She is survived by her devoted husband Elmer Fortner of Prichard, WV; one loving daughter Renee (Brian) Wellman of Kenova, WV; one step-daughter Tammy (Richard) Smith of Huntington, WV; two step-sons Shawn (Tina) Fortner of Kenova, WV., Chris Fortner of Kenova, WV; seven grandchildren Zach (Meredith) Wellman, Elijah (Erin) Wellman, Sophie Wellman, Caitlin Smith-Trautwein, Kelsey (Jeremy) Spears, Elisabeth Fortner, Morgan (Jeremy) Cochenour; one aunt, Donna Plummer; one niece, Missy (Matt) Workman and a host of great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her loving neighbors John and Beth Workman, along with Bill McCallister Jr., and her lifelong friend Sue Adkins. Pallbearers will be Zach Wellman, Elijah Wellman, Shawn Fortner, Richard Smith, Chris Fortner and John Workman. The family will receive friends on Monday April 3rd from noon to 1 p.m. at Rollins Funeral Home. Funeral services will begin immediately following visitation at 1 p.m. with pastor Scott Byard officiating. Burial will follow in Bean Cemetery, Prichard, W.Va. Her presence here on earth will be deeply missed, but her memory will remain with us all forever. We take comfort in knowing that she rests comfortably in the arms of the Lord.

3 Replies to “Barbara Carol Hayton Fortner”

  1. I was sorry to learn of Barbara’s death. She was such a sweet and kind lady, and funny, too! The world’s loss is Heaven’s gain. My sincere sympathies to the family.

  2. Barb was like a second mother to me. Everyone loved staying with Renee. Renee is one of my lifetime-forever friends. Barb took us girls to the movies, roller skating, ballgames, church, and always made us feel welcomed in her home. I know Heaven is rejoicing for a good and faithful servant has come home. Renee and family: I am praying for you today and in the days, weeks, months, and years to come; for I know you’ll miss your beautiful matriarch and her contagious smile, laughter, love, and passion.

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