In Memory

Happy Fourton

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Abilene, Texas - John (Happy) Fourton, our beloved husband, father, son, brother and friend began his eternal life on July 13, 2007, after suffering a heart attack while at sea.

He was born in Kerrville, Texas on October 2, 1949, to Edward and Patricia Fourton. John and his family moved to Abilene shortly thereafter. He attended Hardin-Simmons University and the University of Texas in Arlington. A successful rancher, stockbroker, and realtor, John loved spending time with his family and friends and was always happiest when they came together for their annual Dove Hunt each September.

John traveled extensively with his wife Diane as their lives carried them from Palm Beach, FL to Albany, GA, Colorado Springs, CO, and finally back home to Abilene in 2003. John volunteered his time working with prison ministries and was a mentor and friend to those who needed it the most. His generosity and willingness to lend a helping hand touched many people in each of these cities and in their travels along the way.

While he had many solemn accomplishments, John was always known for his sense of humor. He will be greatly missed, but his legacy will live on through the memories and stories of those who knew him well.

John was preceded in death by his father, Edward L. Fourton, his niece, Leah Sullivan and his nephew, Travis Morford.

In addition to his wife, Diane, John is survived by his mother, Pat Fourton of Abilene, his children, Justin Fourton and wife, Diane of Dallas, his daughter, Tiffany Cooper and grandson, Hunter of Dallas, brother Ed Fourton and wife Miechell of Abilene and sisters, Danni Morford and husband, Pete of Austin and Michielle Sullivan and husband Russell of Abilene, as well as many adoring nephews and nieces.

A memorial service will be at the Abilene Bible Church, 3125 Oldham Lane at 1:00 p.m. The family will host a visitation after the service at the family home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Abilene Bible Church for the John Fourton Scholarship Fund.

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02/03/09 09:49 PM #1    

Mike Patton

What a fun guy!!!

What a loss...

02/05/09 10:55 PM #2    

Becky Barbee (Lawry)

Happy always held a very special place in my heart. He took the time to learn who I was inside - he looked way past those ugly freckles and skinny legs of mine. He was sharing his poetry with me in high school but made me promise not to tell anyone else about it. (He thought the guys would make fun of him.) Happy took up for me and was always there when I needed him. He was a special man, even way back then. God bless him!

02/20/09 06:44 PM #3    

Garry Kesler

It saddens me to learn of Happy's passing. Although I did not go to AHS with him I have some very good memories of the times at Lincoln Jr. High with him. I always thought he had some of the longest arms. We had some good times in sports together and did get into some fights together. That was very common going to Lincoln where "we" were the minority. Peace be with you Happy.

08/04/09 10:07 AM #4    

Patricia Noble (Braun)

As a sophomore at AHS I remember Happy being the most handsome guy at school. Danni and Mitzi I was sad to read that you too have had losses. To Danni I still remember running into you a Eckerd Drug store in the Woodlands. Hope to crash the 1970 AHS reunion next year and give you both a big hug. My heart goes out to you in your time of sorrow. XO

08/13/09 06:04 PM #5    

Jerry Kiser

One of the best ever. A true friend.

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