Marie A. Fortune Boyd

Published 3:59 pm Monday, January 28, 2013

Marie A. Fortune Boyd went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on January 27, 2013, after a long battle with heart disease, which she fought with grace and courage.

A former Greenville resident, she had recently moved to Lawrenceville, GA to be hear her family.

Marie was borne July 7, 1928 in Charlotte, NC. She was the daughter of the late Willard and Nellie Arrowood.

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She attended Bob Jones University and retired from a successful career at Michelin Tire Co. in Greenville.

More than half of her life was spent in ministry with her beloved late husband of over 50 years, Reverend Walter B. Fortune.

Marie’s greatest pleasure was sharing her faith and supporting and encouraging missionaries in their work. She was an active member of Eastlan Baptist Church where she was known for her knowledge of the Bible, which she shared weekly in her Sunday school class.

Marie’s many interests included travel, reading, Bible study and listening to Gospel and big band music.

The joy of Marie’s life was her family, whom she loved and cherished until the moment that God took her home.

She is survived by her son, John Fortune (Denise) of Lawrenceville, GA, granddaughter Melissa Biel (Landon) of Henderson, NV; a number of nephews, nieces and friends.

In addition to Walter and her parents, Marie was preceded in death by her sister, Bobbie Underwood and second husband Joy Boyd of Ft. Worth, TX.

Visitation will be held at Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Downtown on January 30, 2013 from 12:00-1:15 p.m., with a celebration of Marie’s life and faith to follow at 1:30 p.m. in the Downtown Chapel.

Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Anderson, SC.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 105 Brown Avenue, Belton SC 29627 or to Eastlan Baptist Church, 625 S. Pleasantburg Dr. Greenville, SC 29607.

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