Dr. James S. Forrester

January 8, 1937October 31, 2011

Senator James “Jim” Summers Forrester, Sr., MD, 74, of Stanley, North Carolina, died on Monday, October 31, 2011 at Gaston Memorial Hospital in Gastonia, North Carolina. Dr. Forrester was born in Aberdeen, Scotland on January 8, 1937. He was the son of the late James Summers and Agnes “Nancy” McLennan Forrester of Glasgow, Scotland. Dr. Forrester, an eleven-term member of the North Carolina Senate, represented District 41 that includes Gaston, Lincoln and Iredell counties. This year, he was elected Deputy President Pro Tempore. Dr. Forrester served in the North Carolina Air National Guard as a Flight Surgeon during the Vietnam War and retired with the rank of Brigadier General. He practiced family and preventative medicine in Stanley, North Carolina from 1963 until 2010. He earned a medical degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine (formerly Bowman Gray School of Medicine) in 1962 and a master’s degree in Public Health and Preventative Medicine from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1978. He was a Deacon and an active member of First Baptist Church in Stanley. Dr. Forrester is survived by his wife of 51 years, Mary Frances All Forrester; three daughters, Wynn Forrester Maxwell and husband Michael C. Maxwell, MD of Paradise Valley, Arizona; Gloria Forrester Lucioni and husband Marco Lucioni of Palos Verdes, California; Mary Paige Forrester of Montgomery Village, Maryland; one son, James Summers Forrester, Jr., MD and wife Teresa Fore Forrester of Wilmington, North Carolina. He is also survived by one sister, Lillian Forrester of Aberdeen, Scotland; one brother-in-law, Thomas All of Stanley, North Carolina; one sister-in-law, Sally All Beach of Charlotte, North Carolina; four nieces, Libby Beach Nessley, Susan Houser Beach, Delores All Morrison, Nancy Jane Foster; one nephew, John William Beach; eight grandchildren, William Henry Forrester Maxwell, John David Thomas Maxwell, Mary Martha McLennan Maxwell, Tomas Matias Lucioni, Daniel Lucas Lucioni, James Summers Forrester III, Amy Elizabeth Forrester and William Tyler Forrester. Dr. Forrester was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Sheila Forrester Long. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p. m. to 9:00 p. m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church, 409 Old Mt. Holly Road, Stanley, North Carolina. Funeral services will be 3:00 P. M. Sunday at the First Baptist Church, with Pastor Billy Shaw officiating. A private family graveside service will be held at a later date. The James S. Forrester, Sr. MD Family Medicine Endowment at Wake Forest University School of Medicine has been established by the family in honor and remembrance of their father’s commitment to public service. The endowment will fund scholarships for medical students who pursue a career in Family Medicine and intend to practice in North Carolina. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wake Forest School of Medicine for the James S. Forrester, Sr. MD Scholarship in Family Medicine, c/o Office of Development, P. O. Box 571021, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27157. Online condolences may be made at:; Carothers Funeral Home in Stanley, North Carolina is serving the Forrester family.


  • Visitation

    Saturday, November 5, 2011

  • Funeral Service

    Sunday, November 6, 2011


Dr. James S. Forrester

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donald thompson

December 4, 2011

Condolences to the Forrester family at this time.

I served in the Air Guard with Dr. Forrester in the 70s, he was a caring and fine man.

God watch over his family at this difficult time.

Candace Bishop

November 13, 2011

Dr. Forrester had been my family physician while growing up as we lived in the same small town of Stanley, NC. We attended the same Baptist church and I knew him to be a kind, Christian man. He did not hesitate to give me an outstanding letter of recommendation when I applied to the Wake Forest University Physician Assistant program. He also served as a preceptor to me during my first rotation out of school. I am proud to have known him and cannot say enough kind things about his character. He was one of the most accomplished people I have ever known. He probably never knew how much I looked up to him and how he served as a role model for me. This man truly devoted his life to the service of others in many capacities. I know he will rest in peace with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

November 12, 2011

The Senator was kind to all. I was not a great friend of Senator Forrester, but watched him in the General Assembly conduct himself in a manner that commanded both love and respect.

He will be missed by the State as well as his friends and family.

John Merritt, McGuire Woods

Cliff Priest

November 11, 2011

Jim served God. In turn he served his family, community, and Country. Jim was a leader, he took the reigns of leadership to guide us on topics even when it wasn't popular. He understood doing what was right didnt have to be popular. Jim leaves us all a great legacy and Godly example. He will be missed.

Our prayers and thoughts are with you his family.

Margaret Ann Ferguson

November 9, 2011

Mary Frances and Family, I have not had the pleasure of meeting Jim but feel that I too was lucky to get to know him through Mary Paige over the past few years as we corresponded with the Prayer Warriors. I wish I'd gotten to know him in person. I feel connected to your family somehow and am sending you heartfelt wishes for comfort in knowing how much he was loved and respected. God bless you all.

Connie Parker

November 8, 2011

Mary Frances and Family, My love surrounds you at this time of great loss. Jim was a fine gentleman who was proud of and supported his country, his patients, his state, his community and his family. He will be greatly missed.

Gloria Lucioni

November 7, 2011

My Dad always sang the song "You Are My Sunshine" to us girls when putting us to bed or when driving us in the car. He was a fine whistler too. Few people know how well my Daddy could sing.

When we were saying our good - byes as a family, in a circle, hand - in - hand, we shared happy family moments. We all sensed that Dad could still hear us.

All Daddy wanted for his children was for them to be Christians, to be happy and to find their passion in life. Mine happened to be education, foreign language, and art. My last words to Daddy sounded very similar to the songs in Fred Kirby's song.

" I am your sunshine. I am not happy when skies are gray. You know how much I love you. I wish you could stay with us longer."

But that was not God's divine will and our family has bravely accepted that. I wispered into Dad's ear: " I love you, Dad. You are the best father a child could ever ask for. I will miss you more than words can say."

This tender side of my father was perhaps one that many had known, including his patients, friends and colleagues. He was a man of few but well intended and soft spoken words. He always knew how to carefully guide others to make wise choices and good decisions.

The day after Daddy died, it rained. The skies were gray and the wind blew the colorful fall leaves all over our yard. Yet, hours later, the sun came out shining bright in the sky. I finally understood. The sun was smiling down at me. Daddy did not want us to be sad, but happy. He wanted us to remember blue skies not gray ones. He wanted us to be sunbeams for Christ and shine for Him every day.

None of us is perfect and yet both Doc Jim and Christ knew that we are all imperfectly beautiful sunbeams that reflect life
lessons of love, charity, honesty, integrity and hard work.

Our Daddy will be missed by many who found in him not only a friend but a surrogate father, brother, and son.

God bless you Daddy. Rest in peace and we will remember you best on when we see blue skies shing down on us all. We will make each other happy even when skies are gray. We will remind each other daily how much we love one another. And we will meet again some day!

John&Shelia Shaw

November 7, 2011

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May the memories of your dear love one bring you comfort. Dr. Senator Forrester will truly be missed. John & Shelia Shaw (Gastonia, N.C.)

Richard Watts

November 7, 2011

North Carolina has lost a great American.
God Bless you and your family.

nancy foster

November 7, 2011

he was a very good uncle to me he will be missed a lot i have good memories i can keep in my hart always nancy jane foster