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Originally published: 2013-04-04 13:49:04
Last modified: 2013-04-04 13:49:03

Eric David Fortner

Eric David Fortner, 29, of Boone, passed away Sunday, March 31, 2013.

Eric is the son of Debbie and Bob Rasmussen of Boone, and Rick and Lovie Fortner of Bryson City. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Venis and Edna Watkins, and Dorothy Rasmussen.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by Charles Rasmussen, step-brother; and Kelsea Woodard, step-sister; grandparents, Joyce and Dave Wiggins, and John Fortner, Jr., all of Bryson City, Robert Rasmussen, Sr. of Omaha, Neb.; and his beloved pet, protector, and best, friend "Tyson".

A celebration of Eric's life was held 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at the Austin & Barnes Funeral Chapel. The family received friends prior to services. A special friend of the family for many years, Cynthia Viola, officiated. Following the celebration of Eric's life, a gathering of family and friends took place on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Watauga Humane Society, PO Box l835, Boone, NC 28607, or to a charity of your choice.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at the website

Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Fortner family.