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Henry Stephen Forrest Jr. Obituary
POQUOSON - Henry Stephen "H.S." Forrest, Jr., 94, died peacefully at Bayside Golden Living Center after a short illness surrounded by family on Saturday, July 13, 2013. H.S. was born in Poquoson May 22, 1919 to Henry Stephen Forrest, Sr. and Edna L. Saunders Forrest, both of whom preceded him in death. As a child H.S. would go out with his father, Capt. Stephen, on the Edna L., where he learned to work the water for both pleasure and sustenance. That and his love of farming fed both family and friends throughout his life. His vocation was welding. He began his career with the C & O Railroad then worked at the Newport News Shipyard until he was drafted in August 1944 for the duration of World War II. He was a supply sergeant on the European Front in Germany at the end of the War and was stationed in Heidelberg during the occupation. H.S. served in the 100th Infantry Division (The Century) of the 7th Army, earning a Combat Infantryman Badge (CIB) among other awards. He also attended Gen. George Patten's funeral in 1945 before finally returning home in 1946 to his young son Dan and his loving wife, Roselyn Wilson Forrest, whom he had married on December 21, 1940. After the War, he and Roselyn had their second son, Steve. H.S. continued his welding career as a civil servant at Langley Air Force Base until his retirement in 1972. To supplement his retirement income, he farmed their land, selling strawberries and vegetables. H.S. dedicated his life to his family and friends. He was a fountain of knowledge about Poquoson lore and who was related to whom. He loved to do for others. When he found out someone liked figs, he planted three different varieties of figs to try. When he needed a tree taken down, he found a friend who needed firewood. He made sure the crab lovers had crab for holidays and vacations. In his later years when he didn't have his own boat, whoever took him clamming knew he would get a good catch that day because H.S. always raked more than anyone else (sometimes more than everyone else put together) and then shared. He was always willing to lend a hand to anyone who asked. He also liked a good game of Rook or dominoes. Many a spirited game was played over the holidays with his and his brother Orville's families. H.S. was preceded in death by his beloved wife of over 70 years, Roselyn, and his parents, Capt. Stephen and Edna. He is survived by his two sons and daughters-in-law, Daniel Wilson Forrest and Betty Jean Forrest of Gloucester and Henry Stephen Forrest III and Kay Verser Forrest of Poquoson. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Kelly Forrest Kajumulo (Alex) of Seattle, Wash., and Mary Ann Forrest Rector (Carson), Cleveland James Forrest, and Matthew Wilson Forrest, all of Richmond; and four great-grandchildren, Spear Forrest Kajumulo of Seattle, Wash., and Seth Aryx Forrest, Jeremy Bryxton Forrest, and Madison Abigail Rector, all of Richmond. In addition, he is survived by his brother, Orville Forrest, and his wife, Lois; niece, Dana Forrest Zawodny (Joe); and great- niece, Eva Zawodny, all of Poquoson. Visitation will be at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 19. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 20, at the funeral home by the Rev. Milford C. Rollins. Burial will follow at Peninsula Memorial Park, Newport News. At other times, the family will be at the home. The family would like to thank the dedicated nurses and staff at Bayside of Poquoson Golden Living Center for their compassionate care of H.S. and the family during this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Poquoson Volunteer Fire Company, 1035 Poquoson Ave., Poquoson, VA 23662 or to the Poquoson Education Foundation, P.O. Box 2425, Poquoson, VA 23662. Online condolences to www.claytorrollins.com.
Published in Daily Press from July 15 to July 17, 2013
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