Stella Faye Fortner

Mrs. Stella Faye Fortner, 87, of Dahlonega, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, March 7, 2018, with her two daughters by her side.

Mrs. Fortner was a native and lifelong resident of Lumpkin County. She was born March 9, 1930, to the late Arthur and Ollie Grizzle.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Fortner; son-in-law, David Grizzle; brothers, Dorsey Grizzle, Albert Grizzle, Hubert Grizzle and J. D. Grizzle; and sister, Bonnie Fortner.

Mrs. Fortner was a proud member of the McDonald's Breakfast Club. She retired from Southern Switches. Mrs. Fortner was a loving mother and grandmother. She was a member of Concord Baptist Church.

Survivors include her daughter, Myrtle Grizzle; daughter and son-in-law, Joyce and Neal Head; brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Glenda Grizzle, all of Dahlonega; grandchildren, Michael and Valarie Grizzle, Brad and Sharon Head, Jeff and Angel Grizzle and Cindy and Jeff Underwood; great-grandchildren, Logan and Allison Head, Claudia Head, Samuel Underwood, MaryAnn Underwood, Jordan Grizzle and Megan Grizzle; special caregiver, Paulette Parks; as well as several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, March 9, 2018, at Yahoola Baptist Church. The Rev. Kris Butler and the Rev. Lyman Caldwell will officiate. Interment will follow in Concord Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at Banister Funeral Home, and again on Friday until time of the service.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Banister Funeral Home, Dahlonega.

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