OBITUARY

RL Forbis

October 29, 1936September 23, 2021
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On September 23, 2021, RL Forbis passed away at his home in Hixson, Tennessee after a period of declining health. He was 84 years old.

RL is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Hilda. He is also survived by his three children: Mada (Randy) Murray, Marsha (Tim) Beene and Michael (Alex) Forbis – all of Soddy Daisy – and his sister Loretta (Larry) Adkins of Winfield, Tennessee, seven grandchildren: Dustin Valentour, Mark Gentry, Lauren Valentour Hankins, Christian Ratliff, Jessica Murray, Michael Forbis, Christian Cannon and Maddox Forbis, sisters-in-law Faye Stanley, Wanda Leslie, Kathy (Jerry) Lloyd, four great-grandchildren, multiple nieces and nephews and special family friends Buck and Georganna Cooper & family.

RL was preceded in death by parents RD and Christine Forbis, and brother Johnny Forbis, all of Oneida, Tennessee.

RL was born in Oneida, Tennessee. He graduated from Oneida High School in 1956, then began his career in the poultry business. For over 45 years, RL worked in facilities, management, and traveling the region educating and helping farmers provide for their families and communities. He retired as processing plant manager at Allen Farms in Chattanooga.

RL’s Christian faith was an essential part of his life. At the time of his death, RL was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Red Bank, Tennessee. He was also a former member of Lupton Drive Baptist Church, where he served as Deacon, Sunday School Director, and on multiple Operational Committees. RL was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed sharing this time with his friends and family.

The family would like to thank Dr. Mark Heinsohn, Dr. John Gwin, Dr. Robert Younger, Memorial Hospital Wound Care, and Amedysis Home Health for their caring and patience over the years.

Visitation and funeral service for RL is scheduled for Thursday, September 30 at Chattanooga Funeral Home, North Chapel at 5401 Hwy. 153 in Hixson, TN. Visitation will start at 11AM, with the funeral service starting at 2PM. The graveside burial ceremony will take place at the nearby Hamilton Memorial Gardens. Bro. Dwight Martin will be officiating.

Masking will be required for visitation and services.

Arrangements are under the care of the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson. Please share your thoughts and memories at www.chattanooganorthchapel.com

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, September 30, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, September 30, 2021

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Sherry Bowers

September 28, 2021

Dear Mada, we are so sorry for your loss. Jerry and I are thinking about you and your family during this difficult time.

Jan Jeffers

September 28, 2021

For myself and the remaining 1956 OHS graduating class we offer our sincere sympathy for your loss. We were very sorry to learn of his passing and trust that you take comfort that he is now in God's hands. May God bless you and your family during this difficult time.

Irene and Thea Chitwood

September 27, 2021

So sorry. Love you guys.

Lloyd & Regina Carson

September 27, 2021

Sending Love to all of you and Pray that God will comfort you as only HE can. (Buck, Lloyd & Regina Carson)

Paula Graham

September 27, 2021

Mada, love the family Fotos!! I know he will b missed by all! My love to u n yur family!! Paula

Larry & Loretta Adkins

September 25, 2021

The family is in our prayers for peace and comfort that only God can give us during our loss of RL . We will live with our hope of "till we meet again" May God comfort your hearts now and in the days ahead. Love all of you and I love and miss RL . His sister Retty (what he always called me) Larry and Loretta Adkins

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