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Leamond Thomas Forrest Jr.

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Leamond Thomas Forrest Jr. Obituary
POQUOSON - Mr. Leamond Thomas Forrest Jr., 65, passed away peacefully on June 21, 2011, after an extended illness.
"Mr. Bud " was a lifelong resident of Poquoson and is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Bettie Mae Insley Forrest; two daughters, Maresa F. Spangler (Mark) and Sheila F. Logan (Tony); and a son, Albert Hope Firth Jr. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Samuel Eugene Brown Jr., Mary Elizabeth Logan, Madelaine Corinne Spangler, Connor Morgan Spangler, Morgan Hope Mehalko, and Toni Nicole Logan; a great-granddaughter, Skyler Nicole Brown, and her mother, Erin Cobb. He is also survived by brother, Jerry D. Forrest Sr. (Karen); sister, Cheryl Forrest Ryczaj (Bill); and brother, William Talmadge Forrest (Tami). He is also missed by a host of nieces and nephews, Amy Topping, Russel l Watkins, Bethany Grose, Ashley Vickers, Trey Forrest, J. D. Forrest, and Tiffany Forrest; and a granddog, "Lizzie".
He is predeceased by his parents, Geneva Christine and Leamond Thomas Forrest Sr. Mr. Forrest was a recent retiree, having worked for 35 years for Dominion Resources.
"Mr. Bud" was a true "Bull Islander"….he loved Poquoson and took advantage of all of the things that it had to offer. He was an avid boater and loved to clam, crab, fish and navigate the waters of the Chesapeake Bay in one of his numerous boats. In his youth, he was a Chesapeake Bay Waterman and always liked to reminisce about the purity of that work. He was a patriot and loved his country, always vocal about his political views. Many spirited conversations were enjoyed by those who knew him regarding "the state of the union". During the Vietnam War, he served in the United States Navy on the USS Princeton and those were some of the most fulfilling years of his life.
An unbelievably talented man, he loved to work with his tools and his hands and was the "go to" man for anyone who needed something "fixed". He loved his family above all else and would do anything for family and friends. Generous, kind, loyal and selfless are just four of the numerous words that can be used to describe his approach to life and to others. There will never be another person with the heart and spirit of Bud Forrest…he is one of the last true Southern Gentlemen. He was a man by whom you could set your moral compass, which is a rare attribute in these times.
"Mr. Bud" was an active member of numerous civic and philanthropic organizations including The Poquoson Volunteer Fire Department (lifelong member and EMT), The Warwick Moose Lodge 1711, Poquoson Knights of Pythias Lodge #161 (two-time Past Chancellor Commander), Norfolk Knights of Pythias Lodge Charity 10, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Poquoson American Legion Post 274, Poquoson Masonic Lodge #49 AF & AM, The Hampton Elks Club #366, and The Khedive Shriners of Virginia Beach.
He was also a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Poquoson.
Buddy will be missed by all who loved him and who benefited from his kind heart, selfless actions and love of simple things in life, most of which were related to his love of The Chesapeake Bay and his adoring family. He will never be replaced and his absence will be felt in our lives forever. Those who knew him were fortunate indeed.
The family will be receiving friends Friday, June 24, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson, and at other times 18 Wainwright Drive. Masonic rites will be given at 6:30 p.m. by the Poquoson Masonic Lodge #49 AF & AM in the funeral home. Funeral services with American Legion honors will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, at Trinity United Methodist Church by the Rev. Milford C. Rollins and the American Legion Poquoson Post #273. Burial will follow at Weston Cemetery with navy military honors. Following the burial, the family would like to invite everyone to a reception in the church fellowship hall.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Poquoson Vol. Fire & Rescue Squad Dept., P. O. Box 2099 or Trinity United Methodist Church, 1294 Poquoson Avenue, both Poquoson, VA 23662. Online condolences may be made to www.claytorrollins.com. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.

Published in Daily Press from June 24 to June 25, 2011
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