Judith Faye Fortner

Judith Faye Fortner, age 84, went to her heavenly home, surrounded by family, on April 26, 2024. She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Joe B. Fortner, parents Richard N. Hodges and Beulah Hodges, her brothers Kenny and Larry Hodges, brother-in-law Dylan Hinson, and in-laws “BeBop” and “Granny” Fortner.

Faye is survived by her sons, Steve (Jane) and Jerry (Sandra), grandchildren Kristin (Brent), Scott (Kerry), Matthew, Jonathan (Nora), Brent, and five great-grandchildren, Jacob, Brooke, Brielle, Brendan, and Quinn.  She is also survived by her brother, Richard Hodges, and sister, Nancy Hinson, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Faye loved the Lord, her family, and church life at Parkview Church of God.  During her active years at Parkview Church of God Faye served as the Day Care Director for many years and loved singing in the choir.  She touched the lives of many children during her years at Parkview Church of God.

Special thanks to Faye’s sister, Nancy Hinson, and her friends for their loving care and support for her since the passing of Faye’s husband, Joe B. Fortner, in 2015.

Visitation will be Thursday, May 2, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home, followed by a service at 11:30 a.m. and interment at Peninsula Memorial Park.

Memorial donations may be made to Parkview Church of God at 1116 Briarfield Rd., Newport News, VA 23605. 


  1. Marsha Poston-Horrell

    So sorry to hear of Faye’s passing. Faye was a beautiful persona inside and out. She always had a smile and the best personality. She and Joe were definitely an asset to Parkview Church of God. Our prayers go out to the family.

  2. Carol/Tom Street

    Faye your work on Earth is done.. Jesus welcomed you with open arms good and faithful servant…you will be missed with your smiling face…


    she will be greatly missed by all she was a wonderful christain school director at parkview church of god my granddaughter and grandson went there missed her husband when he passed , and sure missed faye .she is with joe now we will see them again on the other side .

  4. Wayne and Kathy Frizzelle

    Wayne and I have such fond memories of Faye from our time as newlyweds at Parkview COG 50+ years ago. Our loss is Heaven’s gain! To her children and grandchildren— we pray that memories of happier times sustain you in your grief! 🌹

  5. Megan

    Sending love and prayers to all family for the loss of Grandma Fortner. She was a very special lady. She will be missed terribly. With Pop Pop now.

  6. Beverly Hollifield Letchworth

    Faye will be greatly missed. She and my mom were good friends and worked together in the Parkview Women’s Ministries.
    She was always so kind.

  7. Sharon Hammer

    Faye was a special friend to my sister, Virginia and to me. We both loved her and her family. I know they are already visiting together in Heaven. I will miss her, but I know she was ready to meet her Savior.

  8. Alan Bagley

    Faye was very special to my family. She was always smiling and had nothing but optimistic things to say. She and my mother (Mable) worked very closely together at the Parkview Day Care and Academy. On top of being so much a part of my church life she even coordinated my wedding with Susan. Also if they have an Arts & Crafts department up in Heaven I am sure she now runs it. Oh what a great Fortner family reunion they are having up in Heaven right now!

  9. Becky Powell

    Faye was a beautiful lady and such a hard worker at Parkview Church of God. My mother-in-law Beulah Powell work many years with her at the daycare. Our prayers are with her family at this time.

  10. Melissa (Hodges) Tedila

    Sharing my condolences and prayers for peace. Hoping the family can rejoice in many fond memories with Faye. From Melissa (Little Ricky’s daughter).

  11. Deborah Hughes

    So sorry to hear about Faye’s passing. She was such a great person. Loved being in church with her and Joe for many years. Faye was a big asset to the Parkview church. Thoughts and prayers to the family during this time.
    Charles and Debbie Hughes

  12. Charles/Debbie Hughes

    Faye was such a wonderful person. We loved being in church with her and Joe for several years. She was a big asset to the Parkview church which she loved. Thoughts and prayers for the family during this time.

  13. Pan Back

    I was so sad to hear of Faye’s passing. She was so special and kind to everyone. She was faithful to her friends, he church, but most of all to God. Our loss is Heavens gain. To her boys….may God guide and comfort you now and in the coming days.

  14. Sharon Cole

    I was so sad to hear of Faye’s passing. Not only was she a good person to work for but a great friend to me and my family as well. I have many fond memories of her and Parkview Daycare. She will be missed.

  15. Jane Moon

    Ms. Fortner was very special to me. When she moved into the retirement community I worked at we became very close right away. She was always there to attend all activities, she would even volunteer to call bingo and help with anything possible. She would call me every week when I left and went to my new job. I visited her as much as possible, I was very sad and heartbroken to hear of her passing. She will always hold a special place in my heart. I have the beautiful gift that her other residents and their families all had made for me. Every time I look at it I’m reminded of why I was there and just how special her and so many of the other residents were to me. I love you Ms. Fortner, I know you are no longer in pain and you are happy to be reunited with your husband and other family members that have passed on. Love always Jane ❤️

  16. Angela Dawson

    We are very sorry to hear of Mother Faye’s passing.
    Aunt Faye, as we called her, will have many stars in her crown. “Rest in JESUS”, until we all meet again.💜🌻🌿🌿

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