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James W. Forgerson Jr.


1922 - 2013 | Obituary Condolences
James W. Forgerson Jr. Obituary
James W. Forgerson Jr., 90, passed away Friday, July 19, 2013, at a Tyler hospice. Graveside service: 10 a.m. Tuesday in Moore Memorial Gardens in Arlington with Robert Carter and Charles Wade officiating. Pallbearers: Tim, Sam and Will Forgerson, Randy and Troy Hopmann, and Corey Byrd. Memorials: The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to The Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, Texas 75701. Jim was born in Graham on Oct. 14, 1922, and moved to Arlington at the age of 7. He was a lifelong resident of Arlington with his wife, Alpha, until they moved to their farm in Kerens in 2002. Before enlisting in the Army Air Force in 1942, Jim attended North Texas Agricultural College (UTA) and studied aeronautical engineering. As a tech sergeant, he was a flight engineer with the 388th Bomb Group flying B17's over Germany. Toward the end of World War II, he volunteered to fly missions with the Manna/Chowhound Group to drop food and medical supplies for the people in Holland. After his discharge from the service, Forgerson returned to Arlington to work in the aircraft business. He worked at LTV for 38 years, retiring in 1984. During that time he worked as an industrial engineer and was director of military manufacturing for LTV. While in Arlington, Forgerson was an active member of his church and community, being a longtime member of First Baptist Church Arlington and serving on the board of deacons and a member of Lion's Club International serving both locally and regionally. After leaving Arlington in 2002, Forgerson and Alpha spent many happy days at their farm where he attended to his cattle and spent many hours tending to his farm operation. Mr. Forgerson was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Alpha, and his brother, Carl. Survivors: Daughter, Carol Ann Byrd and husband, Cary; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; sisters-in-law; and many friends.
Published in Star-Telegram on July 22, 2013
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