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Updated: 04/26/2014 08:00:02AM

Barbara A. Fort

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Barbara A. Fort, 92, passed away Thursday, April 24, 2014, in Arcadia, Fla.

She was born Aug. 5, 1921, in Roanoke, Va., moving to Charlotte County, Fla., from Vinton, Va., as a small child.

Barbara was a graduate of Charlotte High School, Class of 1939. She retired from the DeSoto County School system after 36 years of faithful service as a bus driver and a cafeteria worker. Barbara enjoyed crocheting, knitting, reading and traveling with her family. She was an active member of First Baptist Church of Fort Ogden, Fla.

She is survived by her son, Charles Fort of Fort Ogden; daughter, Ethel (James “JR”) Keene of Fort Ogden; two sisters, Betty Jean (Dave) Yates of California, and Virginia Jenkins of Tampa, Fla.; five grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren. Barbara was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 63 years, Jeff Fort; her parents, Albert and Maria Donaldson Hurst; and three brothers, Donald Hurst, Ronald Hurst and Charles Hurst.

Visitation will be conducted from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday, April 27, 2014, from the chapel of Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home, 50 N. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, April 28, 2014, at First Baptist Church of Fort Ogden, with the Rev. Wayne Earnest officiating. Burial will be at Fort Ogden Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements are by Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Arcadia.

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