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Laura Elizabeth "Lou" Fortenberry
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Birth: Aug. 21, 1992
Charlotte
Mecklenburg County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Jul. 25, 2010
Gaston County
North Carolina, USA

LOWELL - Laura "Lou" Elizabeth Fortenberry, 17, passed away July 25, 2010, due to a tragic motor vehicle accident.

She was born Aug. 21, 1992, in Charlotte.

Laura was a 2010 Graduate of North Gaston High School, where she was a member of Renaissance Club, chorus and Powder Puff Football.

She loved her friends, her pet, Daisey Mae and trips to the beach.

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at Venture (formerly Hardin Baptist Church), Dallas, officiated by Austin Rammell and Chase Grind-staff.

The family will receive friends 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Greene Funeral Service, South Chapel, Gastonia.

Interment will be at Hillcrest Cemetery, Mount Holly.

Laura is survived by: mother and stepfather, Michelle Welch Armstrong and Heath Armstrong; grandparents, Richard Welch, Kay Roukema; step grandparents, Chuck and Joy Armstrong, Rick & Mary Beth Faris; stepbrother, Bryant Armstrong; step sister, Mariah Armstrong; aunts and uncles, Lisa and Dwayne Exline, Karen Kirkpatrick, Jackie Bradley, Charles Welch Jr.; cousins, Dee Kirkpatrick, Brittany Guido, Joshua Welch, Jacob & Jaylin Bradley, Jennifer, Carmen, Lisa Marie & Jessica Exline.

Memorials may be made to MADD, 5104 Western Blvd., Suite B, Raleigh,NC 27606.

Arrangements are with Greene Funeral Service, South Chapel, Gastonia.

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It came in a text message: "I love you."

A daughter's last words to her mother. The mom's last words: "I love you too."

It was Sunday night and 17-year-old Laura Fortenberry was on her way home to babysit her step-sister and brother.

"I was a single parent. I raised her on my own. There were times we only had each other," said Michelle Armstrong.

Armstrong says she always had trouble letting her daughter go even though her daughter was responsible. "I never worried about her because I knew she had a good head on her shoulders. She was going to do good things."

But Laura's life was cut short Sunday night.

Highway Patrol Troopers say 28-year-old Howard Pasour was driving drunk when his car crossed the center line on Dallas-Cherryville Highway. Two other teenagers in the car with Fortenberry were seriously injured. They are in Carolinas Medical Center.

Armstrong says she was concerned when her daughter didn't make it home as scheduled. She knew about the wreck, but thought the friends were just tied up in traffic. Then, more details emerged about the accident.

"I knew it was her." She learned the make of car involved in the wreck and knew it matched the car her daughter was riding in. " I knew she was the only 17-year-old in the car," said Armstrong.

Armstrong spent Monday evening talking about her daughter, showing pictures of a beautiful teenager with an engaging smile. Laura was attending college and wanted to work in forensics.

Michelle Armstrong is now filled with grief. "I hate him for what he robbed me of. She was the only thing I had for years," she said.

And according to police reports, Pasour was a habitual offender, arrested three times prior for drunk driving.

"I hope he gets the maximum. I want him to pay. I don't have nothing," said Armstrong.

-- by ANN SHERIDAN, NewsChannel 36
 
 
Burial:
Hillcrest Gardens
Mount Holly
Gaston County
North Carolina, USA
 
Created by: MJ
Record added: Jul 28, 2010
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