Oliver Cromwell Fortune Sr.

Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 9:29 pm

Oliver Cromwell Fortune Sr., 86, of Port Royal went home to be with the Lord on Jan. 18, 2014 at Henrico Doctors Hospital in Richmond.

Fortune served on the Port Royal Town Council. He was first elected to the council in the 1950s, according to Port Royal Mayor Nancy Long.

He was born in Supply, Va. on Sept. 27, 1927 to the late Daniel and Robinette Fortune.

He attended Essex Training School where he was valedictorian. He served in the U.S. Army from Jan. 19, 1946 to July 28, 1947. He began his career at FMC as an electrician and he retired from there many years later.

For over 50 years, he was a dedicated member of the Shiloh Baptist Church in Port Royal. He served as superintendent of the Sunday school, taught Sunday school and became a deacon, continuing his dedication to the community, his church and God. In his recent years, he continued his Bible studies at Memorial Baptist Church and St. Peters Episcopal Church, both in Port Royal.

He leaves to celebrate his life his wife of 65 years, Gladys, and their four children, Oliver Jr. (Betty Jo), of Lorton; Towanda of Fredericksburg; Richard (Tawana) of Chesapeake; and Kimberly (Melvin) of Brecksville, Ohio. Oliver was the youngest of eight children.

He also leaves his beloved sister, Robinette Young of Hustle, Va., grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends whom he loved very much.

A memorial service for Fortune will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 at Shiloh Baptist Church. The family will receive condolences at the Port Royal Firehouse following the memorial service.

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