Herschel Vincent Forester

April 14, 1931December 31, 2018

Herschel Vincent Forester, age 87, of Dallas, TX, passed away on December 31, 2018 surrounded by his family.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00pm, Saturday, January 12th at First Baptist Church, Dallas in the historic sanctuary. Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church, Dallas, will be officiating. A reception will be held immediately following the service.

Herschel was born in Dallas, TX to Herschel and Blanche Forester on April 14, 1931. He graduated high school in 1948 from Woodrow Wilson, in Dallas. He attended college at Southern Methodist University, and was captain of the football team earning All Southwest Conference for 2 of his 4 years. He graduated in 1952 with a BBA. From 1952-1954, Herschel served in the US Airforce in the Office of Special Investigations and was captain of the football team at Hamilton Air Force Base. He then played for the Cleveland Browns from 1954-1957 as an Offensive Guard. During that time he was privileged to play on 2 consecutive World Championship teams. Upon retiring from football, Herschel began his professional career as a life insurance salesman. Later, he became involved in real estate and established Herschel Forester and Co. focusing mostly on commercial real estate. In 1982, he added outdoor advertising to his business ventures.

In 1956, Herschel met Sally Rogers at First Baptist Church of Dallas, and she had more of an impact on him than all the collisions of his football career combined! In 1958, they were married and began their life-long love affair of 50+ years. Herschel and Sally remained involved at FBC and raised their son and daughter around the fellowship of First Baptist Church of Dallas.

Herschel was active in the community serving as a member and leader in various organizations that he believed had an impact on society, but more importantly, had an eternal impact on people’s lives. One of his commitments was as a life-long member at First Baptist Church of Dallas serving as Deacon and Sunday School teacher to Juniors, College and Career, Young Marrieds and Nearly Weds.

Herschel was a kid at heart. He was silly and playful with his family and friends. He was always singing a favorite song or whistling a tune. He loved to workout, play games and memorize scripture. Most of all he loved people and his greatest mission was to tell others about the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus as Lord and Savior.

Herschel is preceded in death by his parents, Herschel and Blanche Forester; his wife, Sally Forester; Sally’s parents, Horace and Ruby Rogers; his brother, Bill Forester and wife, Ann and their son, Byron Forester.

Those left to cherish his memory include his son, Herschel Forester, Jr and wife, Cindy; his daughter, Suzanne Clarke and husband, Steve; his grandchildren, Christopher Forester, Joshua Forester, Stephen Forester, Jonathan Forester, Ben Clarke and Daniel Clarke.

Pallbearers are Christopher Forester, Joshua Forester, Stephen Forester, Ben Clarke, Daniel Clarke and Jonathan Forester.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Dallas Life Foundation.

The family of Herschel Forester wishes to extend our sincere thanks to his loving and committed caregivers Carol Kaburu, Pauline Kimunai and Margaret Gatua and the committed staff at The Plaza at the Edgemere for making his last years more full and joyful. The family would also like to extend thanks to the staff and friends at First Baptist Church, Dallas as well as the Chapel at the Edgemere for enriching Herschel’s Christian faith and fellowship.


  • son, Herschel Forester, Jr and wife, Cindy; his daughter, Suzanne Clarke and husband, Steve; his grandchildren, Christopher Forester, Joshua Forester, Stephen Forester, Jonathan Forester, Ben Clarke and Daniel Clarke.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 12, 2019

Herschel Vincent Forester

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Wayne Edgar

January 28, 2019

Just learned of Hershel’s passing. He and Sally were an amazing couple who poured their lives into young marrieds like my wife and I many years ago. I spent many an evening driving with him in church visits and setting in his classes. Thank you to Hershel’s family who loaned him to us for a little while. We are blessed to have had him in our lives and it is an honor to call him my friend.

Bruce Brannon

January 17, 2019

I have so many memories of Herschel. He was my dad's (Jim Brannon or "JB" as he was called) first cousin. We would go over for Sunday dinner which was a huge spread prepared by Aunt Blanche at least once a month.
Herschel and Bill were in college at SMU and they would play catch with me (literally) they would throw me back and forth to each other. Uncle Herschel would fuss at them but as soon as he went back in the house they would continue. I, of course, loved it! I was probably 6 at the time.
I remember playing catch with Herschel, I had a glove on but no matter how hard I threw the baseball back to him, he never used a glove. His "handball" hands were like concrete.
I went to he and Sally's wedding and unfortunately to Sally's funeral, I am 15 years younger than he was but I had a crush on Sally, she was so sweet and a beautiful woman inside and out.
He took me to the first ever tryouts of the Dallas Texans where I met Mr. Lamar Hunt, Jack Spikes and several of the other players.
Herschel was always a lot of fun but first and foremost a gentleman and a man of God.
Had I known of his passing I would certainly have attended the funeral.
Bless you Herschel, Jr. and Suzanne, your father was a man among men.

Kirk McJunkin

January 14, 2019

It was a pleasure to have gotten to know Herschel. I'm a younger man whom he continuously encouraged with his faithfulness and genuine encouragement in our mutual faith. I regret never telling him how much I respected his example and the life he lived. I hope I serve a younger man in the same way Herschel served me.

Patrick Henry Booth

January 12, 2019

While Hershel was Captain of the SMU Mustangs, he still took time to regularly teach Sunday school at FBCD;
when he became such a great influence in my life. One the funest things was after his animated Sunday school lesson, he would frequently take a few of us pre-teens over to the athletic dorm for lunch with all those great stars and we feasted like kings and thought we had died and gone to Heaven already!
We met his beautiful bright Baylor Sally when they started dating and introduced her to our class... we thought...WOW !!! We thought man, that’s something we could do someday ...and by the way, I did do it also at FBCD. PTL ~

We remained best friends and did business together for the rest of his wonderful life,
Recently when he was attending his Bible class at the Edgemere, I snuck up behind and beside him and all of a sudden all the people smiled and so he looked over to see what it was about,... he was so happy to see me that he said out loud: “ I’ve been mentoring this boy since he was 12 years old!”.... and everybody got the biggest laugh out of that ! Me too.😇

MIchael Martin

January 12, 2019

First time I met Herschel Sr. was when he drove by and chatted with his son, Herschel, while we sat on a bench outside the library at Dallas Theological Seminary. I remember it so well because that was the time Herschel indicated his being smitten by my niece (now his bride), Cindy. (Ask either about where and how they met, a bit of humor in itself.)
The last time I saw Mr. Forester was in his room at Edgemere with Cindy, Herschel and Suzanne. At someone's prompting, we just began singing some hymns that he had grown up with - no hymn books, just memory - and Herschel Sr. was clicking right along with us, like he'd just left church choir practice. No idea if he knew where his ID card was at that time, his shoe size, or what his room number was, but there was little doubt what lay in the topsoil of his memory... that because it lay in the hidden recesses of his heart.
Though youths grow weary and tired,
And vigorous young men stumble badly,
Yet those who wait for the Lord
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.
Isaiah 40:30-31

Steve Dallas

January 11, 2019

A good name is to be desired above riches. The benefits of a righteous man, doing righteous deeds, and therefore earning a righteous name are patently obvious to everyone who knows Herschel Forester. His name is legendary, and deservedly so, in a plethora of fields. Husband, father, church servant/leader, athlete, businessman, mentor, and friend are all assignments in which he excelled. Undoubtedly, his beloved Savior was well pleased with his efforts. I desire to examine another angle, not often probed, to the benefits of a good name. In doing so, I am testifying to the greatness of my debt to this man.
Throughout the years, I had the joy of interacting with Herschel, Jr. First as a coach and mentor, then as a fellow family man, I became close to him and Herschel Sr. During the early years of my friendship with the Foresters, I met and fell in love with the daughter of a formidable man. He was a prominent church leader and businessman who had known and worked with Herschel Sr. for many years. I have been told, and am certain it is true, that Herschel Sr's stamp of approval was a major factor in paving the way for my receiving permission to marry my bride of thirty-six years. Now we give tribute to a man of integrity and celebrate his homecoming - a man whose splendid, honorable name has meant so much to so many- especially me.

Allen Brown

January 11, 2019

Real Estate, football and working out initially brought us together, but Our Lord Jesus Christ forever bonded us. Herschel was a fun-loving, kind-hearted humble man of integrity always seeking God first with his time, talent and treasure. He truly was a vessel of the Lord's presence to bless others. I will greatly miss Herschel Forester, always my encourager and forever my champion.

Daniel Arnold

January 11, 2019

Herschel was such a humble but powerful man of God.
He was one of my true Heroes and mentored me as a young man both in the business world and in my spiritual growth.
He always had a smile, always took the time to focus on what you had to say and reflected the love of God in all he did.
One special memory was when we would have lunch at Highland Park Cafeteria. We would hold our arms limp to our sides
as we prayed ... in total surrender to God ... and then always read Hebrews 13: 20 - 21 together.
Oh, that my life would be as faithful and leave such a beautiful heritage for my family and friends as Hershel did.
A Mighty Man of God is finally "Home"
Dan Arnold, Dallas, Texas

Joe Swick

January 11, 2019

I had the pleasure of going with Herschel on a Monday night visitation with Mrs. Criswell's SS Class.
It was the first time I had met him, and he didn't know me from Adam, but he acted like he had known me his whole life.

I later met Ann Forester one Wednesday evening in Coleman Hall. She didn't know me either but shared
with me how she had been praying for someone to assist her in the prayer ministry she was heading. She
invited me to join her and it was a ministry that introduced me to many wonderful prayer partners at FBC.

I know Herschel got the biggest hugs from Bill, Ann and Byron when he saw them again !

Jennifer Culbreth

January 10, 2019

My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. I've known Herschel Sr. for about 7 years now. Met him through Herschel Jr. and Cindy. He has been like a Grandfather to me. I've loved being around Herschel Sr. I especially loved getting to eat lunch with him and Cindy @ Jen's Place in Addison one sunny day back in 2016. I got the privilege to walk with him back to his office. He had such a sweet sweet presence about him and he sure loved the Lord.