Dora Fort Cutler

Published 10:09 pm Friday, September 11, 2020

Dora Fort Cutler, 91, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, at Nash General Hospital in Rocky Mount. A graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, at Calvary Episcopal Church in Tarboro. Family will be receiving friends at the family home immediately following the service.

She was born on Aug. 23, 1929, to John Edgar Fort and Sarah Hall Fort in Fayetteville.

While working for Carolina Telephone in Fayetteville, Dora met her husband, Jack E. Cutler. After their marriage in 1958, they lived in Fayetteville, Whiteville and Kinston before settling in Tarboro in 1966. While in Tarboro, she was very active in the Tarboro Woman’s Club, Calvary Episcopal Church, Tarboro Swim Club and hosted many Bridge and Canasta card games in her home. Between her volunteer work and watching ACC Basketball games, she was a Teacher’s Assistant at Stocks Elementary school for 17 years and enjoyed preparing her signature blonde brownies for friends in Tarboro. Throughout her life, Dora loved flowers and gardening.

Dora was predeceased by her husband, Jack Ellison Cutler, in 2015; her parents; half-brother, James B. Fort Sr.; half-sister, Maude McCall; brother, John Edgar Fort Jr.; and sisters, Virginia Devane, Margaret Stanton and Lillie Coleman. She is survived by her sons, Mark Anderson Cutler, of Chocowinity; and Jack “Jay” Ellison Cutler Jr., of Tarboro; sister, Mildred Kilpatrick, of Fayetteville; brother, Samuel Fort (Doris), of Hope Mills; and grandchildren, Sarah (Jon) Cutler Robertson, of Raleigh; Bradford (Sarah) Ellison Cutler, of Raleigh; Jack Rhyne Cutler, of Elon College; and Caroline Grace Cutler, of Mooresville.

Arrangements are entrusted to Carlisle Funeral Home, Inc., of Tarboro. Online condolences may be directed to the family by visiting