OBITUARY

John William Forbes, Jr.

July 26, 1914January 19, 2014

John William Forbes, Jr., 99, of Stuarts Draft passed away Sunday, January 19, 2014 at the University of Virginia Medical Center. Born July 26, 1914 in Bedford County, he was the son of the late John William Forbes, Sr. and Cornelia (Welch) Forbes. Mr. Forbes attended Stuarts Draft Baptist Church where he was the oldest member. He worked as an automobile mechanic and owned and operated J & G Garage. John was a charter member of the Stuarts Draft Fire Department where he served as the second Fire Chief for 17 years. At his time of death, he held the position of honorary Fire Chief. His real love in life was gardening. He prided himself on having the best garden in town and enjoyed giving his vegetables away to others. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Virginia Forbes; son, Edward Van Forbes; daughter-in-law, Martha Forbes; sisters, Kathleen Hatfield, Louise Goggin, Winnie Brumfield, Hilda Cohron and Doris Almarode; brothers, Clifton Forbes, Don Forbes and Paul Forbes; special cousin, Warren Kane. Survivors include his loving son, Dr. John W. Forbes III and wife, Ann of Stuarts Draft; brother, N.H. “Nat” Forbes of Stuarts Draft; grandchildren, John M. Forbes of Las Vegas, NV, Terry Forbes of Charlottesville, Mary Elizabeth “Beth” Howard and husband, John of Stuarts Draft, Rebecca “Becky” Smith and husband, Tim of Zion Crossroads; great-granddaughter, Sarah Howard; very special cousin who was like a foster child to him, Gene Kane and wife, Susan of Stuarts Draft; as well as a number of nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at Stuarts Draft Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. William Kopp and Pastor Judson Baldwin officiating. Burial will follow in Calvary United Methodist Church Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Mike Moneymaker, Freddie Garber, David Cohron, Randal Almarode, John Howard and John Kane. Honorary pallbearers will be the three remaining charter members of the Stuarts Draft Fire Department, Gerald Suter, Glen Sutton and David “Dee” Gayhart. The family will receive friends from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at the Stuarts Draft Chapel of Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes, 1870 Stuarts Draft Highway. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Stuarts Draft Baptist Church-Building Fund, P.O. Box 1054, Stuarts Draft, VA 24477 or Stuarts Draft Fire Department, P.O. Box 548, Stuarts Draft, VA 24477. Relatives and friends may share condolences and memories with the family online by visiting www.reynoldshamrickfuneralhomes.com

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Tuesday, January 21, 2014
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, January 22, 2014

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Interment
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Margaret (Midge) Price

January 29, 2014

Dr, and Mrs. John Forbes and family, please accept my heartfelt condolences, prayers and thoughts on the passing of your Dad. I know that you will miss him a lot but keep the wonderful memories of him ever present in your lives. Our Lord will be with you in the coming days, call upon him. He will give you the strength, comfort and peace you will need.

January 25, 2014

Dr. Forbes and Ann, So sorry to learn of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Prayerfully,Dick Delahay
Staunton, Va.

Gerri Cash

January 25, 2014

Dr. Forbes and Family....Sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. May god watch over and comfort you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Ann Armentrout (Serrett)

January 25, 2014

Our deepest sympathy is with your family at this difficult time. Remember the good time you had. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

January 24, 2014

Bill and Ann - Just learned of your dads passing. He always had a smile and a kind word. My prayers are with you. John Swett

John & Ann Farrish

January 23, 2014

Dr. Forbes & Ann, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God give you the strength and comfort during your time of sorrow and in the days to follow.

DAN McGANN

January 22, 2014

TONY,SARAH & LYNN,I WILL BE THINKING OF YOU TODAY,AND THE FAMILY.MAY GOD WATCH OVER YOU AND KEEP YOU IN HIS CARE,DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME.MY TEARS FLOW ALSO,FOR MY MOM AND DAD,AND FOR THE MEMORIES ,WHEN WE ALL GREW UP IN STUARTS DRAFT TOGETHER.LOVE YOUR FRIEND DAN M.McGANN

Doug & Karen Hall & Shirley Eppard

January 22, 2014

Our deepest sympathy is extended to you during this difficult time. May God's love surround you and give you peace.

Bill and Patty Arey

January 22, 2014

Bill and Ann,
Our deepest sympathy to you during your time of sorrow. May the abundant memories you have of a long, well-lived life by your dad help to lessen your sadness. Your dedication to him during his years of greatest need brought much comfort for him.

God's Blessings,

Carol Hipes

January 22, 2014

Sorry to hear about your father. He lived a long and fruitful life. Prayers and thoughts are with you.