Barbara Fort

Barbara Ann Fort (Barnes)

August 25, 1947 - August 23, 2020
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Barbara Ann Barnes Fort, 72, of Pine Bluff, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, August 23, 2020.

She was born August 25, 1947 in Borger, Texas, daughter of Chester Barnes and Ella Mae Hull Barnes Robson.

Barbara was reared and received her early education in Liberal, Kansas. She attended Oklahoma Panhandle State University where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree. After college, she moved to Magnolia, Arkansas, where she met her future husband, Benny Ray Fort.

They were married in Magnolia, Arkansas, on January 24, 1970. Shortly after, they moved to Pine Bluff where she spent the rest of her life.

Barbara worked for the Arkansas Department of Corrections as the State Victims Coordinator. She was a member of Watson Chapel Baptist Church in Pine Bluff for 37 years.

Barbara always put family first, sacrificing to make sure the needs of other’s were met before her own. She made friends instantly wherever she went, and leaves behind a rich legacy of friendships across the state.
Barbara was preceded in death by her husband and parents.

Survivors include four sons, Jonathan David Fort of Little Rock; Jeff Fort (Ingrid) of Shreveport, LA; Tracy Lane Fort (Denise) of Benton, LA; Steven Ray Fort (Rena) of Benton, LA; brother, Richard Barnes of Waldo, AR; two sisters, Lynda Sue Stokley of West Monroe, Louisiana and Terri Dabbs of Shreveport, Louisiana; 7 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at Lakeside Cemetery in Stamps, Arkansas with Pastor Chris Perry officiating. Mrs. Fort will be in state Tuesday evening from 4-6 p.m. at Robinson’s for those who would like to pay their respects.

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    Wednesday, August 26, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Wednesday, August 26, 2020 1:00pm
    Lakeside Cemetery
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Kay Stover Reed

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David, We are so sorry for the loss of your dear Mother! We have so many fond memories of her when we were neighbors. I’m thinking of you and praying for the comfort of your family. Kay and David Reed

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