Charles S. Fortson

M, ID# 23061, b. 12 January 1882, d. 5 October 1931
  • Obituary*: "FORTSON’S DEATH ACCIDENTAL, SAYS CORONER SARTOR
       "Merchant Killed While Cleaning Shotgun, Report States
       "RAYVILLE, Oct. 6.—(Special)—A coroner’s jury last night officially reported that the death yesterday morning of C. S. Fortson, 48-year-old Rayville merchant, was accidental. Previously it has been stated that the merchant committed suicide.
       "Fortson was killed by a charge from an automatic shotgun. Dr. J. C. Sartor, Richland parish coroner, declared that the gun accidentally discharged while Fortson was cleaning it. A chamois skin and a gun rod were found near the victim’s body, according to the coroner’s report.
       "Fortson was alone in the house when the accident occurred, it was stated.
       "Funeral services were held today at the First Baptist church in Homer, his former home, with Rev. E. N. Weaver of Rayville, officiating. Burial was made in the Homer cemetery."5
  • Note*: He died when he accidentally shot himself in the heart while cleaning an automatic shotgun in his home.5

Additional Resources

• His Find A Grave memorial, which includes a picture of his gravestone, is here.
  • Last Edited: 30 Jul 2021

Family: Irma Cooksey b. 19 Oct 1883, d. 14 Jun 1969

Citations

  1. [S961] Find A Grave, online at http://www.findagrave.com, memorial for Charles S. Fortson, memorial no. 46155722, viewed on 30 Jul 2021.
  2. [S961] Find A Grave, online, above, memorial for Irma Cooksey Fortson, memorial no. 46156043, viewed on 30 Jul 2021.
  3. [S961] Find A Grave, online, above, memorial for Charles S. Fortson, memorial no. 46155722, viewed on 30 Jul 2021 (giving the date but not the place).
  4. [S1942] "Fortson's Death Accidental, Says Coroner Sartor," The Monroe News-Star, Monroe, Louisiana, 6 Oct 1931, p. 2, cols. 3-4, online at https://www.newspapers.com/image/87189771/, viewed on 30 Jul 2021 (giving the date and the place and stating that it occured that morning).
  5. [S1942] "Fortson's Death Accidental, Says Coroner Sartor," online, above.
  6. [S961] Find A Grave, online, above, memorial for Henrietta Fortson Davis, memorial no. 108843306, viewed on 30 Jul 2021 (naming Charles S. Fortson as her father).
  7. [S961] Find A Grave, online, above, memorial for Charles S. Fortson, memorial no. 46155722, viewed on 30 Jul 2021 (naming Charles S. Fortson as her father).
  8. [S961] Find A Grave, online, above, memorial for Martha Fortson Goldsberry, memorial no. 46157616, viewed on 30 Jul 2021 (naming Charles S. Fortson as her father).
  9. [S961] Find A Grave, online, above, memorial for Frances Ray Fortson Taylor, memorial no. 133905124, viewed on 30 Jul 2021 (naming Charles S. Fortson as her father).

Irma Cooksey

F, ID# 23062, b. 19 October 1883, d. 14 June 1969

Additional Resources

• Her Find A Grave memorial, which includes a picture of her gravestone, is here.
  • Last Edited: 30 Jul 2021

Family: Charles S. Fortson b. 12 Jan 1882, d. 5 Oct 1931

Citations

  1. [S961] Find A Grave, online at http://www.findagrave.com, memorial for Irma Cooksey Fortson, memorial no. 46156043, viewed on 30 Jul 2021.
  2. [S961] Find A Grave, online, above, memorial for Charles S. Fortson, memorial no. 46155722, viewed on 30 Jul 2021.
  3. [S1943] Obituary for Irma Fortson, Shreveport Journal, Shreveport, Louisiana, 16 Jun 1969, p. B-9 (image no. 45), col. 3, online at www.newspapers.com, https://www.newspapers.com/image/601518823/, viewed on 30 Jul 2021 (giving the date and the place and stating that she died that night after a lengthy illness).
  4. [S961] Find A Grave, online, above, memorial for Irma Cooksey Fortson, memorial no. 46156043, viewed on 30 Jul 2021 (giving the date but not the place).
  5. [S1943] Obituary for Irma Fortson, online, above (giving the date and the place).
  6. [S961] Find A Grave, online, above, memorial for Irma Cooksey Fortson, memorial no. 46156043, viewed on 30 Jul 2021 (identifying the cemetery but not giving the date).
  7. [S961] Find A Grave, online, above, memorial for Henrietta Fortson Davis, memorial no. 108843306, viewed on 30 Jul 2021 (naming Irma Cooksey as her mother).
  8. [S961] Find A Grave, online, above, memorial for Irma Cooksey Fortson, memorial no. 46156043, viewed on 30 Jul 2021 (naming Irma Cooksey as her mother).
  9. [S961] Find A Grave, online, above, memorial for Martha Fortson Goldsberry, memorial no. 46157616, viewed on 30 Jul 2021 (naming Irma Cooksey as her mother).
  10. [S961] Find A Grave, online, above, memorial for Frances Ray Fortson Taylor, memorial no. 133905124, viewed on 30 Jul 2021 (naming Irma Cooksey as her mother).

Henrietta Fortson

F, ID# 23063, b. 9 May 1909, d. 24 February 1983

Additional Resources

• Her Find A Grave memorial is here.
  • Last Edited: 30 Jul 2021

Family: Furman Alexandria ('Red') Davis b. 11 Mar 1914, d. 25 Jan 1998

Citations

  1. [S961] Find A Grave, online at http://www.findagrave.com, memorial for Henrietta Fortson Davis, memorial no. 108843306, viewed on 30 Jul 2021 (naming Charles S. Fortson as her father).
  2. [S961] Find A Grave, online, above, memorial for Charles S. Fortson, memorial no. 46155722, viewed on 30 Jul 2021 (naming Charles S. Fortson as her father).
  3. [S961] Find A Grave, online, above, memorial for Henrietta Fortson Davis, memorial no. 108843306, viewed on 30 Jul 2021 (naming Irma Cooksey as her mother).
  4. [S961] Find A Grave, online, above, memorial for Irma Cooksey Fortson, memorial no. 46156043, viewed on 30 Jul 2021 (naming Irma Cooksey as her mother).
  5. [S961] Find A Grave, online, above, memorial for Henrietta Fortson Davis, memorial no. 108843306, viewed on 30 Jul 2021.
  6. [S961] Find A Grave, online, above, memorial for Furman Alexandria 'Red' Davis, memorial no. 108843263, viewed on 30 Jul 2021.

Martha Fortson

F, ID# 23064, b. 31 August 1913, d. 21 January 2007

Additional Resources

• Her Find A Grave memorial, which includes a picture of her gravestone, is here.
  • Last Edited: 30 Jul 2021

Family: George Coats Goldsberry b. 30 Sep 1902, d. 23 Jan 1990

Citations

  1. [S961] Find A Grave, online at http://www.findagrave.com, memorial for Martha Fortson Goldsberry, memorial no. 46157616, viewed on 30 Jul 2021 (naming Charles S. Fortson as her father).
  2. [S961] Find A Grave, online, above, memorial for Charles S. Fortson, memorial no. 46155722, viewed on 30 Jul 2021 (naming Charles S. Fortson as her father).
  3. [S961] Find A Grave, online, above, memorial for Martha Fortson Goldsberry, memorial no. 46157616, viewed on 30 Jul 2021 (naming Irma Cooksey as her mother).
  4. [S961] Find A Grave, online, above, memorial for Irma Cooksey Fortson, memorial no. 46156043, viewed on 30 Jul 2021 (naming Irma Cooksey as her mother).
  5. [S961] Find A Grave, online, above, memorial for Martha Fortson Goldsberry, memorial no. 46157616, viewed on 30 Jul 2021.
  6. [S961] Find A Grave, online, above, memorial for George Coats Goldsberry, memorial no. 46157546, viewed on 30 Jul 2021.

Frances Ray Fortson

F, ID# 23065, b. 17 March 1918, d. 6 April 1990

Additional Resources

• Her Find A Grave memorial, which includes her obituary, is here.
  • Last Edited: 30 Jul 2021

Citations

  1. [S961] Find A Grave, online at http://www.findagrave.com, memorial for Frances Ray Fortson Taylor, memorial no. 133905124, viewed on 30 Jul 2021 (naming Charles S. Fortson as her father).
  2. [S961] Find A Grave, online, above, memorial for Charles S. Fortson, memorial no. 46155722, viewed on 30 Jul 2021 (naming Charles S. Fortson as her father).
  3. [S961] Find A Grave, online, above, memorial for Frances Ray Fortson Taylor, memorial no. 133905124, viewed on 30 Jul 2021 (naming Irma Cooksey as her mother).
  4. [S961] Find A Grave, online, above, memorial for Irma Cooksey Fortson, memorial no. 46156043, viewed on 30 Jul 2021 (naming Irma Cooksey as her mother).
  5. [S961] Find A Grave, online, above, memorial for Frances Ray Fortson Taylor, memorial no. 133905124, viewed on 30 Jul 2021.

Furman Alexandria ('Red') Davis

M, ID# 23066, b. 11 March 1914, d. 25 January 1998

Additional Resources

• His Find A Grave memorial, which includes his obituary, is here.
  • Last Edited: 30 Jul 2021

Family: Henrietta Fortson b. 9 May 1909, d. 24 Feb 1983

Citations

  1. [S961] Find A Grave, online at http://www.findagrave.com, memorial for Furman Alexandria 'Red' Davis, memorial no. 108843263, viewed on 30 Jul 2021.
  2. [S961] Find A Grave, online, above, memorial for Henrietta Fortson Davis, memorial no. 108843306, viewed on 30 Jul 2021.

George Coats Goldsberry

M, ID# 23067, b. 30 September 1902, d. 23 January 1990

Additional Resources

• His Find A Grave memorial, which includes a picture of his gravestone, is here.
  • Last Edited: 30 Jul 2021

Family: Martha Fortson b. 31 Aug 1913, d. 21 Jan 2007

Citations

  1. [S961] Find A Grave, online at http://www.findagrave.com, memorial for George Coats Goldsberry, memorial no. 46157546, viewed on 30 Jul 2021.
  2. [S961] Find A Grave, online, above, memorial for Martha Fortson Goldsberry, memorial no. 46157616, viewed on 30 Jul 2021.