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Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors

5400 North Street, Nacogdoches, TX

OBITUARY

Dr. Margaret Ogburn Forrest

July 3, 1935February 10, 2020
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Dr. Margaret Ogburn Forrest, of Nacogdoches, died peacefully in her sleep February 10, 2020. Dr. Forrest was born in Tyler, Texas to John Tate Ogburn and Grace Ogburn on July 3, 1935.

Dr. Forrest left high school to raise a family, including husband, Herman Forrest, and their children Deborah Forrest Hernandez, Richard Forrest, John Forrest and William Forrest. The family attended the First Baptist Church at least twice a week, where she was discovered to have a talented singing voice. The church choir director encouraged Dr. Forrest to take further training from a college professor, who then encouraged her to take classes, and ultimately to get a degree from Mary Hardin Baylor in teaching music. She taught music in San Augustine and began work on a Master’s Degree at Stephen F. Austin State University. After graduation, she became a professor at West Texas A&M, and she began work on a PhD at North Texas State University. After she obtained her doctorate degree in music pedagogy, San Augustine awarded her an honorary high school diploma.

Dr. Forrest is survived by Herman Forrest, her four children, nine grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and hundreds of former students and friends.

Serving as pallbearers will be William Forrest, Richard Forrest, Richard Forrest II, Robert David Forrest, Jesse Adrian Forrest and Manuel Hernandez, Sr., John Forrest, and Manuel Hernandez, Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be A.J. Gardner and Joseph Hernandez.

Public visitation will be held at Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Home, 5400 North Street in Nacogdoches, Thursday, February 13, 2020, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. A graveside service will be held at Rose Hill Cemetery in Tyler, Texas at 11:00am Friday, February 14, 2020.

Arrangements are under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, Nacogdoches.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • William Forrest, Active Pallbearer
  • Richard Forrest, Active Pallbearer
  • Richard Forrest II, Active Pallbearer
  • Robert David Forrest, Active Pallbearer
  • Jesse Adrian Forrest, Active Pallbearer
  • Manuel Hernandez, Active Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, February 13, 2020
  • Graveside Service Friday, February 14, 2020

Memories

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Teresa & David Darby

February 12, 2020

We began visiting with Dr. Forrest and her sweet dog when David's parents moved into Magnolia Court. David's mother, Catherine, always called him over to pet him. We were invited into Dr. Forrest's room to see all her collection and awards. She will be missed.

Robert Hansen

February 12, 2020

Margaret picked me up at the airport in Amarillo when I came to interview for my position at WT. We were instant great friends. Our wonderful times together are too numerous to mention, from sticky rice to Friday Follies. It was a sad day when we packed the truck to send her off to Killeen, though I understood why she left. How many times we shared what we'd do if we ran the music department. Now I am the director of the School of Music, and how often I have thought of "Dr. Mom." Flights of Angels, Margaret.

Debbie McCartney

February 11, 2020

Mrs. Margaret was such a sweet woman. We had the privilege of spending birthdays and other holidays together. She will be missed by our family. Our prayers go out to her family.

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Biography

Dr. Margaret Ogburn Forrest, of Nacogdoches, died peacefully in her sleep February 10, 2020. Dr. Forrest was born in Tyler, Texas to Bill and Grace Ogburn on July 3, 1935.

Dr. Forrest left high school to raise a family, including husband, Herman Forrest, and their children Deborah Forrest Hernandez, Richard Forrest, John Forrest and William Forrest. The family attended the First Baptist Church at least twice a week, where she was discovered to have a talented singing voice. The church choir director encouraged Dr. Forrest to take further training from a college professor, who then encouraged her to take classes, and ultimately to get a degree from Mary Hardin Baylor in teaching music. She taught music in San Augustine and began work on a Master’s Degree at Stephen F. Austin State University. After graduation, she became a professor at West Texas A&M, and she began work on a PhD at North Texas State University. After she obtained her doctorate degree in music pedagogy, San Augustine awarded her an honorary high school diploma.

Dr. Forrest is survived by Herman Forrest, her four children, eight grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and hundreds of former students and friends.