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Originally published: 2013-10-09 15:22:30
Last modified: 2013-10-09 15:23:15

Preacher Howard 'Pa' Forbes

Preacher Howard “Pa” Forbes, 73, of the Estatoe Community, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Stan and Ethel Buchanan Forbes and husband of the late Dixie Riddle Forbes. He was also preceded in death by sisters, Cora Lee Whittington, Charlotte Winters and Anne Livelsbuger; brothers, Roy Forbes, Don Forbes, Clarence Forbes and Kelly Forbes.

Forbes worked for a number of years with Ingles throughout Western North Carolina and then worked 23 years with Unimin Corporation until his retirement. During that time he also pastored Black Mountain Baptist Church, Youngs Chapel and Blue Ridge Baptist Church, while retaining his life long membership at Altapass Baptist Church. Forbes enjoyed teaching children and was a loving father and devoted grandfather who loved to preach the word of God and watch his grandchildren play ball, never missing a game, even during his illness.

Surviving are his sons, Tim Forbes and wife, Debbie and Jim Forbes and wife, Danyeale, all of Spruce Pine; grandchildren, Taylor Forbes, Dylan Forbes, Caleb Forbes, Joshua Forbes and Joseph Forbes; sisters, Shirley Marshall and husband, Paul, of Harrisburg, Pa., Brenda Stamey and husband, Eddie, of Spruce Pine, Linda Franklin Woody and husband, Jerry, of Florida and Jenny Pitman and husband, Danny, of Spruce Pine; brothers, Albert Ray Forbes and wife, Peggy, of Bakersville and R.S. Forbes and wife, Carolyn, of Marion and sisters-in-law, Barbara Forbes and Phyllis Forbes both of Newland. Several nieces, nephews and his church family also survive.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, at Altapass Baptist Church. Preacher Steve Sisk and Preacher Marcus Benfield will officiate. Burial will follow in the McKinney Gap Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, at the church and at other times will be at the home.

The family request memorial donations in Forbes' honor be made to Gideons International, PO Box 611, Spruce Pine, NC 28777.

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