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Rachel Fondren

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Monday, November 20, 1995 - Tuesday, July 1, 2014


Miss Rachel Fondren of Hartford went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 following an unexpected illness. She was 18. 


Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 5, at Hartford Baptist Church with Rev. Chris Kroll and Rev. Bruce Spivey officiating. Burial will follow at Hartford City Cemetery with Sorrells Funeral Home & Crematory of Slocomb directing.


The family will receive friends at the church from 1:00 p.m. until service time.


In lieu of flowers the family request that contributions be made to the Hartford Baptist Church Youth Group, 105 E. Burch St., Hartford, AL 36344.


Serving as honorary pallbearers: Faculty and staff of Geneva County High School, Middle School, Elementary School and the GCHS Class of 2014.


Rachel was born November 20, 1995 in Houston County to her loving and proud parents, Paul and Janie Shields Fondren. As a devout Christian, Rachel loved her Lord and was a member of Hartford Baptist Church. She graduated with honors from Geneva County High School in May, 2014. After graduating Rachel enrolled as an Ambassador at Enterprise State Community College. Rachel loved sports, and her dream was to attend Auburn University where she was to pursue a career in Sports Journalism. The love that Rachel had and shared with her family was priceless. 


She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Yvonne Shields and her uncle, Mark Fondren.


Survivors include her parents, Paul and Janie Fondren, Hartford; her sister, Sarah Jane Fondren and her brother, Patrick Fondren both of Hartford; grandparents; Archie and Sue Fondren, Hartford; grandfather, Randy shields (Dean), Hartford; great grandfather, Raifford Jarrett, Hartford; aunt, Suzanne Bush (Scott), Skipperville; two uncles: Jay Shield (Rylla), Hartford and Jeff Shields (Amy), Sharpsburg, GA, several loving cousins, friends, great aunts and uncles.




Funeral Service

Date: Saturday, July 5, 2014



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Angie White

I am so sorry to hear about Rachel. Too often in a loss such as this there are no words. I wanted you all to know that you all are in my prayers. Angie White (Compass Lake Neighbor)

Adam, Heather, and Carly McClenny

Janie, Paul, Sarah Jane, and Patrick, I wish words could express how sorry I am for the loss of Rachel. We will be praying for you daily, and we are here if we can do anything! We love ya'll!

Steve and Terri Weston Hamm

You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. There is nothing I can say that will ease your pain but know that we love you. You and Paul are wonderful parents and Rachel was Blessed to have you. Rachel had a Blessed and happy life with a large family that loved her so much.
Sarah & Don Hatcher

Paul and Janie, there aren't words to truly express our
Sorrow for the loss you are facing. Only God can heal this hurt and grief.
Please know that our family is holding yours up in prayer for the healing grace that God has promised us.
Erica Gillespie

I am absolutely speechless, I am so sorry for your loss! Please know that I am praying for you and your family! I love you guys!
Frankie Thomley

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Rachel will be greatly missed.

Frankie Thomley
Jamey and Angie Merritt

We are so sorry to hear about Rachel. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you.
Scott & Rhonda Dorriety

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time of sorrow.
Donnie & Lu Morris

Paul and Janie,

Lu and I are very sorry for your loss. May God be with you and feel your heart with wonderful memories! Thinking and praying for you!

Donnie & Lu Morris
Valparaiso Fl.
Rhoda Manning

Paul, Janie, Patrick and Sarah Jane,

I am so sorry to hear about Rachel. You and the rest of the family are in my prayers. I wish I could be there to give you all a hug and let you know how much I care.
Brittny Fuelling

I am so sorry for your loss. She was a very sweet girl with a heart of gold. Keeping all of you in our prayers. Love, Brittny

Annie Williams

Such a wonderful young lady.When she smiled she was like sunshine always glad to see her. Our prayers are with you and you know how much we love your family.

Corsey & Janet Peters

Wishing for God's comfort for you and you family. Our prayers are with you!

Jimmie and Pam Boin

Paul, Janie, and family--words aren't enough to express how sad we are to hear of your loss! We pray for peace and comfort for your family during this very sad time. Jimmie, Pam, Ashley, and Emily Boin Wicksburg, AL

Bill Green

Paul and Janie, Sarah Jane and Patrick I am so sick and sorry to hear about Rachel it was such a privilege and blessing to have known her in her earlier years I will always remember her beautiful smile and laughter, you guys are in my prayers and anything I can do please let me know your cousin Billy Green, Derek and Kayte

Tina Williams

Beautiful young lady inside and out. Her love for Christ was so amazing. Praying for strength for the family. We love you all. Tina and Markeis

Eldon and Dot Merritt

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time and the days ahead.
God bless!
Glenn kristie nick watford

Words can't express your loss. You all are in our prayers and if we can do anything patrick knows how to contact us. So sorry! Love watford family
Bob & Hilda Shackelford

Paul there are not words to express our feelings, we are praying for your family at this time of loss. May God comfort you as only he can, You will be in our prayers and thoughts. God Bless.

Regie & Cathy Odom

Our hearts, prayers,thoughts and love go out to the entire Fondren family in this time of sorrow. Rachel will, indeed, be missed by many here on earth. Heaven will surely be gaining an angel. Sincerely, Regie & Cathy Odom
Dwight Jackson

So sorry to hear of your lost. You and your family I will lift up in prayer. God be with you during this trying time.
Bill and Liz (Wojtyna)Reynolds

Paul and Janie, I am so sorry for your loss. We will be praying for you and your family.
penny Avery

Family, I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Penny Avery


I am so sorry for the loss of dear Rachel. I hope you can find comfort in knowing that she is now simply sleeping, as was Lazarus until Jesus journeyed to "awaken," or resurrect him. (John 11:11, 43) Jesus here demonstrated what was going to be done on a grand scale in the future, when "all" in the grave "hear his voice and come out." (John 5:28, 29) Rachel will be brought back to a world where sickness and death are no more. (Psalm 37:29; Isaiah 33:24; Revelation 21:4) Until then, know that you are invited by our loving Creator, Jehovah God, to "throw all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you." (1 Peter 5:7; Psalm 83:18) Take care Fondren family and please accept my sincerest condolences.

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