Tootie Wright Fouratt passed away on December 27, 2020 in Odessa, Texas, at the age of 90.
She was born on November 9, 1930, in Sherman, Texas, to Benjamin and Flora Nowlin Harshbarger. She married E.J. Fouratt, who preceded her in death in 2006. Tootie attended Sadler, TX school and Whitesboro, TX high school where she was an outstanding basketball player at both schools. She graduated from Whitesboro High School in 1949. She attended College of the Southwest in Hobbs, NM, and received two masters’ degrees from Sul Ross University of Alpine, TX. Tootie lived in New Mexico from 1950 until 2003 when she moved back to Whitesboro. She retired from a lifelong teaching career, teaching in Jal, NM, Corona, NM, and Ruidoso, NM until 1988. She then became a student of art. Studying under many well-known artists, she developed a style that encompassed a wide variety of subject matter. Several of her compositions were of New Mexico’s beautiful skies and landscapers, weathered old barns and adobes, cacti and native wildflowers. She won awards in local and regional shows with watercolor, oil, and oil pencil. Tootie was a special person who had a special way with people.
Tootie is survived by sons, Tom Wright of Odessa, TX; Eddy Wright and wife, Debby of Midland, TX; stepsons, Greg Fouratt and wife, Anita of Albuquerque, NM; E.J. Fouratt, Jr. and wife, Tobie of Roswell, NM; stepdaughter, Teresa Kyser of Roswell, NM; brothers, Ted Harshbarger and wife, Vella of Hobbs, NM; Allen Harshbarger and wife, Carol of Whitesboro, TX; four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters, Helen Wright, Genevive McClendon, Mildred Blevins, Betty Louise Harshbarger, and brother, Ben “Bugs” Harshbarger.
Pallbearers will be Barry Wright, Bo Wright, Danny Vaughn, Danny Morrison, Charles Busby and Allen Harshbarger.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to St. Jude Hospital for Children at https://www.stjude.org/donate.
Graveside services honoring Tootie will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at Christian Chapel Cemetery in Sadler, TX, officiated by Minister Ben Willingham. There will be a time for viewing on Friday, January 8, 2021 from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM at Meador Funeral Home of Whitesboro. No family visitation is planned.
So sorry for your loss Alan & Carol. Prayers for your family.
So sorry to learn of Tootie’s passing. She was a very special, one of a kind lady, that I was privileged to know,,, Prayers for the family.
So sorry to hear about Tootie! She always had a smile for me when she came into the Cleaners!
Former Manager at Whitesboro Cleaners
Will miss her so much.
So very sorry for your loss Allen & Teddy Mack & families.. Wanted to be there for you , but was afraid of the covid. Prayers for all the family. Love Pat Harshbarger Eldredge