OBITUARY

Raymond Marcus Forbes

June 26, 1989September 27, 2019
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COLUMBIA – Family, friends and the many people touched by his kindness join in mourning Ray Forbes, 30, who passed away September 27, 2019.

Ray Marcus Forbes was born June 26, 1989 in Rome, Georgia. He is survived by his wife of ten years, Alison Dillard Forbes; his parents, Mark and Lynn Forbes; his sister, Brittany Forbes Hanley, and the family members listed below.

He and Alison lived in Columbia, SC, where he worked at The Animal Protection League. He served as a 12 T Technical Engineer in the United States Army.

Ray Forbes was a wonderful husband to Alison and they had a circle of dedicated friends. He was a talented drummer and enjoyed playing in a band.

He struggled valiantly against the effects of post-traumatic stress syndrome and yet was able, for many years, to make the most of his life and bring help and comfort to others.

Ray was a kind and giving person. He volunteered with Meals on Wheels and Sunset Felines. He happily donated his time helping elderly neighbors, doing the chores they were no longer able to handle. He drove the very ill to their medical treatments and spent hours comforting people in their final days. He was close to Alison’s parents, Emalee and Mark Dillard, who thought of him more as a son than as an in-law.

He is survived by his birth mother, Cindy Williams; birth sisters, Brittany (Forbes) Hanley (Keith), Nicole Morris (Josh), Miranda Williams, and Mercedes Williams.

Also by his grandfather, Victor Kirkland; aunts, Susan Smith (Dwight, Erin and Eric), Lorrene Forbes (Liam, Laura and Duncan), Linda Lee (Allison and Bryan), and Bobbie Jackson (Ray, Christopher, Spencer and Hillary).

Also, uncles, Raymond L. Forbes (Traci, Ethan and Adam), Greg Kirkland (Jamie), and Jimmy Forbes (Shannon, Aiden and Molly); nieces and nephews, Carlyanna Faulk, Rosabelle Faulk, Xander Hanley, Roman Williams, Hunter and Hadley Morris and Mia Elizabeth Freeman and Abigail Scout Freeman; sister-and-brother-in-law, Amie Freeman and Chris Freeman.

Preceding Ray in death are his grandmother, Barbara Kirkland; grandparents, James and Norma Forbes; aunt, Janyce Forbes; uncle and aunt, James R. and Claudia Forbes; and an uncle, David Forbes.

Visitation is Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 5:00 p.m., followed by a 6:00 p.m. service. Both are at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Lexington Chapel, 503 N. Lake Drive, Lexington, SC 29072. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to: Animal Protection League, PO Box 5354, Columbia, SC 29250; Sunset Felines, 105 Peaceful Lane, West Columbia, SC 29170; Meals on Wheels, 2817 Millwood Ave., Columbia, SC 29205; Charleston Clinic and Community Center - Nicaragua, 21 Gamecock Ave., Suite D, Charleston, SC 29407 or Rodaille School - Haiti, P.O. Box 224065, West Palm Beach, FL 33422.

  • DONATIONS

  • Animal Protection League
  • Sunset Felines
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Charleston Clinic and Community Center - Nicaragua
  • Rodaille School - Haiti

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, October 3, 2019
  • Memorial Service Thursday, October 3, 2019

Memories

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Brittany Hanley

October 3, 2019

Ray was not only my brother but my best friend. I love him so much and miss him everyday. He was always there for me no questions asked. Growing up with him being my brother was definitely something I was proud of. I was proud to call you my brother ray! You will always be on my mind and heart! Tell the dinosaurs I said hi.

TERRY LEE EGGERT

October 1, 2019

CINDY and DREW family and friends ,

We are so sorry for your loss. What a tribute to know he served his country and the people of our nation who were down on their luck or simply needed a friend to listen .

PTSD continues to be a problem for our returning vets who have risked everything .
God has a special place for him and my pray is that he is at peace after all these years .

You will be in our thoughts and prayers through this difficult time.

Alison Forbes

October 1, 2019

💜💜💜

Lisa Davenport

October 1, 2019

I remember a time I was impacted by Ray’s loving character. It was a time when he came to visit and (I think it was home from the service) even though he didn’t really totally remember me he made me feel like I was somebody that he was genuinely happy to see. I remember the short conversation we had as he took the time and shared about what was coming up next in his life. It is definitely my honor to leave this note in memory of him.

Elise Pauley

October 1, 2019

While I never had the honor to meet Ray, I knew Alison and send prayers for the families and friends who have lost a dearly loved friend.

Kim Rentz

September 30, 2019

He was one of the sweetest person I met... He loved some lizards thicket...we will all miss seeing him...

Christopher Davis

September 29, 2019

You are at Peace now 😇. Rest in Paradise.

Christopher Davis

September 29, 2019

In short time that I know You, it felt like I have known you all my life. You going to be Miss truly My Friend😇😇