JACKSONVILLE - Services for Jerry David Forrest, 65, will be held on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Leatherwood Baptist Church with the Rev. Mike Owens and the Rev. Robert Duncan officiating. Burial will be in Seven Springs Cemetery with Anniston Memorial Funeral Home directing services.
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The family will receive friends Sunday from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. at Anniston Memorial Funeral Home.
Mr. Forrest passed away Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, at his residence, surrounded by his family.
He is survived by his wife, Irene Forrest of Jacksonville; two sons, Jeremy Forrest and his wife, Alicia and son, Grayson, and Josh Forrest and his wife, Julie and son, Gage; a brother, Jackie Forrest from Hurt, Va.; two sisters, Jimmie Owen from Lineville and Judy Watson from Oxford; several beloved aunts, nephews, nieces and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Virginia Forrest; grandparents, Floyd and Irene Hydrick and Minnie Forrest.
Mr. Forrest was born in Talladega on March 9, 1948.
He graduated from Talladega High School in 1966 and served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. After his military service, he worked for the Coca-Cola Bottling Company for several years before entering college. Mr. Forrest attended Jacksonville State University where he earned his degree in education. He was a teacher and coach at Talladega County Central High School, Winterboro High School and St. Clair County High School. He also served as a volunteer coach at The Donoho School in Anniston, Alabama.
Coach Forrest was influential to many youth throughout his coaching career. He strived to be a positive role model for all the young men and women whom he taught and coached.
The family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses at Cardio Vascular Associates and Trinity Medical Center, as well as New Beacon Hospice for their excellent care. They would also like to thank everyone for all of the love and prayers they have received.
Anniston Memorial Funeral Home
3865 US Highway 431 North
Anniston, AL 36206
Published in The Daily Home on Feb. 23, 2014