Bill Howell Fortune, Jr.

October 14, 1947 - October 21, 2019
Bill Howell Fortune, Jr.


Bill Howell Fortune, Jr. age 72, of Wilmington, passed away on Monday, October 21, 2019, at his home.

He was born in Nashville, TN, on October 14, 1947, the son of Bill Howell Fortune and Mary Peeler Fortune.

Bill worked for many years as a Chief of Operations in the Water Treatment Industry.

He is survived by his beloved wife Diane; granddaughter Caroline Bledsoe and grandson David Kirkland and his wife Joeann.

No Services are planned.

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  • December 02, 2022
    Natalie Dawn Fortune Barbee-Felts says:
    I can still hear my mother saying, "You look just like Bill Fortune!" I was never certain what that meant. I took it as a compliment; he was my father. We were very different human beings, however, I asked an elder of mine, do you think there is good in every person? He answered, "I believe so, if you dig deep enough." I'm very sad my father left this world not realizing the world was big enough for all of us and no amount of money would make you smarter, or better, or more of a fool. I hope his life was all he wanted it to be. I'm sad no one told me he died. It's forgiven... my heart just hasn't forgotten quite yet. I just had you on my mind Dad. Life is too short; I wish you would have remembered that. May peace be with you and me until we meet again.

  • October 23, 2019
    Sam Yarboro says:
    I’m very sorry for your loss Mrs. Fortune. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • June 20, 2021
    Natalie Dawn Fortune Barbee-Felts lit a candle:
    Lit since June 20, 2021 at 6:11:52 PM

  • October 28, 2019
    Crystal Callahan says:
    Diane, I am so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • October 24, 2019
    James Earnhardt & wife Vickie lit a candle:
    Lit since October 24, 2019 at 10:38:26 PM