Alton Ray Forbes
Chesapeake - Alton Ray Forbes, 67, of Chesapeake went to be with the Lord Sunday, May 3, 2015.
Born in Norfolk, he was the son of the late Ellis R., Jr. and Mildred Forbes.
Alton was an avid golfer, however, his greatest passion in life was his love of bowling. He served his local and national associations in many capacities. He is an Honorary Member of the Roanoke, Greater Richmond and Salisbury, MD Associations. He is a Hall of Fame Member of the Virginia State Bowling Association and the Tidewater Virginia Bowling Council. His proudest achievement in bowling was serving as President of the American Bowling Congress in 2003-2004. This position allowed him to establish friendships in all 50 states, however, Alton especially cherished his friendships with the Wednesday night and Thursday afternoon teams at Pinboy's at the Beach.
As an advocate for high school athletic scholarships, Alton was a member of the Norfolk Sports Club. After serving in every Chair capacity, he served as its President in 2014.
Alton retired from Chesapeake Schools as Supervisor of Accounting and used his expertise to serve as Treasurer of the Chesapeake Care Free Clinic and Messiah United Methodist Church. He also volunteered his services as a tax preparer for AARP.
Survivors include the love of his life, Linda R. Forbes; brothers, Danny (Judy) and Robert Forbes, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, May 7, 2015 at Messiah United Methodist Church, 408 Dominion Commons Way, Chesapeake, VA 23323.
The family will receive friends for a gathering to celebrate Alton's life from 6 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at Oman Funeral Home & Crematory, 653 Cedar Rd., Chesapeake.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Messiah United Methodist Church or Norfolk Sports Club.
Alton lived his life to the fullest. He treasured each and every one of the friendships he made. When asked how he was, he always responded "never better".
Friends are invited to sign the online guest book at www.omanfh.com
Published by The Virginian-Pilot on May 5, 2015.