Clarence Mize "C. M." Fore

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Clarence Mize "C. M." Fore, 83, passed away surrounded by his family August 5, 2011 in Nacogdoches, Texas. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 9, 2011, at the First Church of Nazarene in Nacogdoches, with the Rev. Wesley Anderson and Elmer Pitts officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. Clarence was born September 19, 1927, in Nacogdoches to parents James Eliphas Fore and Mary Demaris Rowell Fore. He was reared in the Douglass/Nacogdoches area and at the age of 17, in June 1945 married his true love, Ruth Marie Garrett. They spent 66 years together. Mr. Fore worked for NIBCO for 25 years and worked himself up the ranks from the foundry department to leading the engineering department here in Nacogdoches. He earned a nickname "Speedy" that was hard to shake his entire life. His skills allowed him to develop several new products and patents for NIBCO, including the Teflon seat ring gate valve and Teflon seat ball valve that are used around the world. His second career began with his love for camping and spending time with his family traveling. Clarence had a natural love of life that allowed him to admire God's scenic creations. He was devoted to his family, church and his beliefs and was not afraid to express his love for Christ. Clarence did his best to live by the Golden Rule and wanted "A Better Way of Life for More People." He founded the Foretravel Motorhome Company on this belief, where he constantly developed a better way to travel for thousands of people throughout the world. He loved designing, building and testing new designs, and then traveling to national parks and taking in all the beauty along the way, just to make sure they would measure up. C. M. owned and operated Foretravel for 40 years, with a strong desire to provide better jobs, and high quality motorhomes for customers. He is survived by his wife, Ruth Marie, of Nacogdoches; son; Roy Lynn Fore of Honduras; daughter; Lynda Mulville and husband, Tim, of Missouri City, Texas; son, Ray Fore and wife, Sherry, of Nacogdoches; grandchildren, Tobie Fore, Michael Fore, Wendy Pechman, Shelly Richardson, Adam Fore, Jennifer Torres, Jacquelyn Tatum, Greta Simon and Tyle Fore; eleven great-grand children; brothers, J.D. Fore and wife, Evelyn, of Nacogdoches, T.A. Fore and wife, Eloise, of Pelion, South Carolina, M.R. Fore and wife, Nina, of Douglass, Texas; and sister, Mary Carter Steinkuehler of Nacogdoches. C. M. also leaves behind special friends and caregivers, Era Johnson, Becky Clifton, Mary Nobles, Felipe Gutirrez and wife, Yadira. Clarence is preceded in death by his parents, Mary Rowell Fore and James E. Fore. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Nacogdoches Christian Academy, 211 South East Stallings Drive, Nacogdoches, Texas, 75964. Online condolences may be offered at Arrangements are under the direction of Cason Monk Metcalf.
Published in The Daily Sentinel from Aug. 8 to Aug. 9, 2011
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