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Tawana Hope Williams-Fortner

July 2, 1976 ~ April 10, 2020 (age 43)


Tawana Hope Williams-Fortner “Tee” was born on July 2, 1976 in Syracuse New York to Sharon Samuels and Tommie Williams Sr, who both preceded her in death.

On Friday April 10, 2020 at the age of 43, Tawana unexpectedly passed while at home in Augusta, GA.

At the age of seven, Tawana moved with her family to Augusta, GA where she graduated from T.W. Josey High School. After high school Tawana furthered her education and held various positions. She worked in the medical field as a Certified Nursing Assistant, held CDL license and drove trucks for a period of time, and also worked in retail and the hospitality field. Tawana worked at Carle Hospital as a Healthcare Tech from 2018-2020. 

Tawana accepted Jesus Christ in her life at a young age.

Tee was a sweet person with a beautiful spirit and an infectious smile. She enjoyed being around people, helping people, and making them laugh. She was always the life of the party. 

In 2009, Tawana moved to Chicago, Illinois to reconnect with her father’s side of the family (Williams). During that time, she also met the love of her life Lorenzo Fortner.

In 2015, she moved to Champaign to be with Lorenzo and they were married on June 27, 2019.

To cherish her memory, Tawana leaves behind her husband Lorenzo Fortner, two step-children Tramia Howard and TanajaSmith-Fortner, two sisters: Noelle Sullivan (Conlin), GA, and Artricia Renee Trimble, three brothers Tommie Williams II, Blessth Beacham, Clifford Frazier (Linda), mother in-lawHaydenia Jenkins, sister in-law Rachella Thompson-Brown(Leroi), and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins

She was preceded in death by; brother in-law Cornelious Fortner III, nephew Christopher Williams, and an uncle Marion Samuels.

Lorenzo Fortner and family would like to express our sincere gratitude for the many ways you have shown love and support.

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Memorial Service
May 16, 2020

10:46 AM
Leek & Sons Funeral Home
304 East Williams
Danville, IL 61832

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