Lt Col Claude Milton Forbes, Jr., USAF (Retired)
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Services for Lt. Col Claude Milton Forbes, Jr. will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at the G.A. Mangun Center, Alexandria, La. with Reverend Anthony Mangun officiating. Burial will follow with military honors by Barksdale Air Force Base Honor Guard in Alexandria Memorial Gardens, Woodworth, La, under the direction of Hixson Brothers, Alexandria, La.
The family will receive friends from 12 noon Wednesday until shortly before time of services in the Family Room of the G.A. Mangun Center, Alexandria, La.
Claude Milton Forbes, Jr. passed on to his Heavenly home on Saturday August 9, 2014 in Alexandria where he was residing. He succumbed to death from cancer at age 86. His wife, Phyllis, preceded him in death along with his parents; two sons, Charles Forbes & Donald Forbes; one brother, Billy Forbes; one sister Sarah Forbes; and one grandson, Kojis Barton.
Born to the union of Claude Milton Forbes and Stella Howard Forbes on October 10, 1927 in Atoka, Tenn. Being the firstborn of eight children he had to step up to the plate at a young age and assume some responsibilities of his younger siblings. He went to Byars Hall High School in Covington, Tenn., where he was a star athlete in football. He wore number 45 and that became his nickname. Before graduation, he enrolled in the Army and was stationed in Alaska. He later return to Byars Hall and earned his diploma. Afterwards, he enrolled in Memphis State College, (now the University of Memphis), but soon learned that academia was not for him. He joined the United States Air Force and went to flight school, where he was awarded his wings. He soared.He flew the C130 cargo plane in Vietnam, he was commander of a bomb squad and flew the B-52 bomber. He was also in an Air Refueling Squadron. Upon retirement, he earned the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Settling in El Paso, Tx., he started a real estate business with his second wife Teresa Forbes. He was past President of the El Paso Lion's Club and received the Melvin Jones Award. He often rented a private plane and flew back to West Tennessee where his heart was. He never forgot his roots and visited relatives in Tipton County, Tenn. when he was afforded the opportunity.
Those left behind to cherish his memory include one son, Steve Forbes (Debbie) of Oklahoma City, Ok., daughter, Nancy Howell (Larry) of Alexandria, La., grandchildren, Kelly Barton (Winton), Sarah Howell and Stacey Callison; great grandchildren, Rock and Monroe Barton, Hayden, Kiefer, Lillie and Grace Callison; siblings, Gloria Jackson of LaDera Ranch, Ca., Pearl Haygood of Ridgeland, Miss., Lucille (Bobby) Clark of Suwanee, Ga., Charles (Anneliese) Forbes of Dallas, Tx., Paul Forbes of Hollywood, Ca.; a daughter-in-law Ande Forbes; and a sister-in-law, Marie Forbes of Cordova, Tn.; nieces and nephews, Betty Jo Shoup, Carolyn Bosanko, Bill Jackson, Teresa Haygood, Connie Clark, Steve Clark, Frank Forbes, Sandra Sparks (Mark), and John Forbes (Jeanine); special friends, Martha Barroteran and Q.Q. Frazier.
"Gone, but not forgotten....Although we are apart, your spirit lives with us, forever in our hearts."
Special Thanks to Dr. Clements at the VA and Tamara at Harbor Hospice.
Published in The Town Talk on Aug. 12, 2014