William “Bud” Fortune, 96, of Morganton, NC passed away Friday, March 17, 2023. Bud was born August 29, 1926 in McDowell County to the late Charles Winfred Fortune and Callie Duval Fortune. Bud was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and loved to attend church. He was a proud Navy Veteran who served from 1945 - 1967. Bud also worked in the American Embassy in Madrid, loved to travel the world with the Navy, and retired from Broughton Hospital with over 20 years of service. Bud was a lover of all animals, especially his neighbors dog Lucky. He was a charming people person and loved to read, enjoyed WWII military history, collecting stamps and was a train enthusiast.

Bud is survived by his sister, Mary Horton; niece, Norma Horton; nephew, Fred Horton (Nina); extended family, Brenda Horton, Terry Horton, Debbie Christian, Charlotte Setzer Hendrix, and a special cousin Loree Wilson; along with numerous great nieces and nephews.

Bud is preceded in death by his wife Lena Setzer Fortune; sister, Mildred Fortune; brother, Neal Fortune; brother-in-law, Alton Horton Sr.; sister-in-law, Ophelia Fortune; nephews Alton Horton Jr., Harold Horton, and Kenneth Fortune.


Services for Bud will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church in Dysartsville, NC, at a later date. Military honors will be rendered at Trinity United Methodist.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society or Amorem Hospice.

Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements.

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Also survived by his sister-in-law, Charlotte Setzer Hendrix

—Debbie Christian

When I was growing up, Lena, Bud and Mildred were dear friends of my Grandmother Nell Hogan. They were always considered extended family. Bud was a quiet, kind man , but he also had a good sense of humor. I will always remember how tall he was and I sort of considered him an "extra" Uncle. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

—Linda Hogan Snell
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William was one of the friendliest and nicest people we knew. He always had lots of stories both local and from his Navy days. We learned a lot about the area from him and he always had time to talk with folks. He was a blessing to Trinity Church and he will be missed.

—Bob and Bunny Slough