Linda D. (Hambley) Fortner
March 6, 1951 ~ June 5, 2023

Linda Diane Fortner, 72, of Chattanooga, went home to be with the Lord on June 5, 2023.

She was born, raised and lived in Chattanooga her entire life. Linda graduated from Kirkman High School in 1969. She was a licensed Cosmologist, attended McKenzie Business College for medical transcription and also graduated from Chattanooga State as a certified medical assistant and retired many years later from this career.

Linda was a member of Riverside Baptist where she played the organ, served as the choir director and sang in the choir for many years. She was a member of the order of Eastern Star chapter 483 for more than 25 years. Linda held many offices and most recently as the organist. She was appointed Grand organist for the State of Tennessee, order of Eastern Star from 2021 to 2022. She loved writing poems and devotions and has a published book, as well. For many years Linda taught ballet, tap and baton twirling. She and her husband, Tony, shopped at local estate sales and loved camping at the lake. Linda was devoted to her family as she was still caring for her father, John Hambley. She will truly be missed by her loving family.

She is preceded in death by her mother; Willie Mae Hambley.

Survivors include her father, John Edward Hambley; her husband of 53 ½ years, Tony Fortner; three children, Kelly Lynn (Douglas) Mitchell, Anthony Barron (Amee) Fortner and Jonathon Caleb (Angela) Fortner; eight grandchildren, Katelyn Alyssa, Dylan, Colby, Miranda, Ethan, Holly and Jeremiah.

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Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 9th at 1:00pm in the South Crest Chapel with the Pastor Garrett Reagan officiating.

Interment will follow in the Lakewood West Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, June 8th from 5:00pm until 8:00pm and Friday, June 9th from 11:00am until the funeral hour at the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home and Crematory, Rossville, GA.

Funeral Home in Charge

Lane Funeral Home – South Crest Chapel
833 Chickamauga Ave
Rossville, GA 30741