Otho FORMAN

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FORMAN, Otho Otho Woodrow "TEX" Forman Otho Woodrow (TEX) Forman of Douglasville GA, born September 13, 1915 in Paragon KY Passed away Sunday May 19, 2013 at the age of 97 years, 8 months and 6 days. Tex was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years Marjorie E Forman, his father Allie Forman and mother Marie (Ramie) Forman as well as his brother, sisters and half brother. He has two children Rebecca J Welch (married to C. Dean Welch of Douglasville GA) and David D Forman of Lithia Springs GA., 8 grand children and 12 great grand children. Tex was a self-taught musician who played the guitar, violin; stand up base, harmonica, and several other instruments. During his career he wrote and recorded several original songs. He was inducted into the Georgia Country Western Music Hall of Fame in 1989 and awarded the Atlanta Society of Entertainers Award at their 27th annual awards in 2001. He was a song writer, comedian and great showman. He performed many years with "Pop Eckler and the Young'uns" group. He performed on stage at the Grand Ole Opry on several occasions and appeared there twice with his daughter Rebecca. He performed with Ernest Tubb, Hank Williams, Chet Atkins and many other well-known artists and was instrumental in shaping the foundation for today's country western music. He had his own show on Atlanta's WSB radio for many years and often had his daughter by his side during live broadcasts. In addition Tex was a master brick mason; he built his home in Mansfield Ohio, Douglasville Georgia as well as three other buildings on his property on Fairburn road and several other homes in both states. He was the lead brick mason on the building project for the Westin Peachtree Plaza and liked to kid about being "the highest paid brick layer in Georgia" He would say "every Friday they would come to the top of the building where we were working and pay me". Tex served his country in the US Army; he was stationed in England and France for three years during WWII. He was awarded the Bronze Star, EAME Theater Ribbon, American Theater Ribbon, and Victory Medal of WWII. Tex received his honorable discharge at the end of the war and returned to his adopted home in Mansfield Ohio. During his 97 plus years of life Tex never lost his sense of humor and loved to joke and kid with everyone he came into contact with. He never met a stranger, loved to perform and make people laugh and smile and was always ready to break into a song about any topic you would throw at him. Phil Collins, the son of one of his best friends and band mates said "When Tex walked into a room his smile lighted up the entire place and before he walked out he knew everyone in that room by name and had made their day better". Tex was honored by Jeff Champion with his own Facebook page "Tex Forman - Fan Page" where you can see several video's including his last one taken after his 97th birthday, hear some of his recordings and view old and new pictures and memorabilia. Tex lived his last 9 months under the loving care of his daughter and son-in-law in their home in Douglasville. Rebecca commented "what a blessing to have had him for more than 97 years and to be able to take care of him and spoil him, he was my true star and he will be deeply missed" Tex was buried next to his wife Marjorie in Westview cemetery in Atlanta. His daughter requests that no cards or flowers be sent. Express condolences or share a special memory at www.whitleygarner.com Arrangements by: Whitley-Garner at Rosehaven Funeral Home, Douglasville, GA 30134, 770-942-4246
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on May 26, 2013
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