Deacon Robert's Story

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Deacon Robert E. Forrest was born on August 23, 1938 to the late Willie Forrest and Lucy Jo Glass in Valdosta. At an early age, he moved to Bartow, Florida to live with his father. He graduated from Union Academy High School in Bartow, and was considered a "star" football player for the Union Academy Bengal Tigers.
In 1969, Deacon Forrest returned to live in Valdosta. He was employed with Gold Kist Soy for 10 years and retired from Roadway Express Inc., after 24 years of service. His favorite pastime hobby was playing golf, where he received numerous awards.
Deacon Forrest was ordained at Irvin Hill Missionary Baptist Church in 1975 under the leadership of the late Rev. Freddie Drye. In 2010, he joined Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church. He was a member of the Male Chorus and Sanctuary Choir. He became an elected Officer of Morning Star on November 17, 213, and served faithfully until a decline in his physical health.
He was preceded in death by two sisters: Alma Wardell and Anna Verna Forrest; one brother: Willie Lee Forrest all of Bartow, FL.
He leaves to cherish his memories his loving wife of 46 years: Essie D. Gaines Forrest; his children: Robert E. Forrest, Jr. (Sawannary) of Lithonia, GA., Natalie Alexander of Orlando FL., Glenda Wilson (John) of Lawton, OK., Iris Mills (Hugh) of Lakeland, FL.; seven grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren; one half sister: Dorothy Harrell of Valdosta, GA., four brothers-in-law: Joseph Wardell of Bartow, FL., Jack Gaines Jr. (Gail), Robert Gaines, (Georgia), and Ingemar Gaines (Cassandra) all of Valdosta, GA.; two sisters-in-law: Cynthia Gaines of Valdosta, GA., and Geraldine Forrest of Bartow, FL., and a host of sorrowing aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Home Going Service will be held on Saturday at 11:00 A.M. at the Morning Star Baptist Church. Interment, Irvin Hill Church Cemetery. Final rites were entrusted to Harrington Funeral Home Inc.
Published on March 8, 2018
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