Forrest Peter Forsyth, age 71, of Tyler, passed away in the late afternoon hours of Friday, November 29, 2013 at his home. Pete was born on February 17, 1942 in Pineville, La., to Lt. Col. Earl Nelson and Lois Newman Forsyth; they preceded him in death. Pete's father was a career military man who took his family with him wherever he was stationed. Pete enjoyed the many places he lived but he enjoyed the three years he lived in Japan the most. After graduating from Austin High School in El Paso, Texas, Pete earned his Bachelor's degree from Baylor University. After college, Pete joined the US Army
where he trained at OCS in Fort Benning, Georgia and proudly served his country as a Captain during the Vietnam Conflict. On August 22, 1964, Pete married his best friend, Linda Michelle Mobley in Kilgore.
Pete worked for Kroger Food Company for 17 years as a Real Estate Director in Dallas and Louisville, Ky., where he and Michelle attended 16 Kentucky Derby's. He then became a VP for Brookshire's Food Company where he worked for 16 years. He was a long time member of Green Acres Baptist Church and the Celebration's Sunday School Class. Those who knew Pete best will always remember him for his unending love for his beloved wife, children, and grandchildren. He enjoyed playing tennis, golfing and fishing, taking vacations, and spending time on the beach. He also loved to cook. Pete received a heart transplant at UT Southwestern Hospital in Dallas in 2006. He received several miracles during his hard fought battle over the last seven years. Even in his worst times, the nurses who cared for Pete loved taking care of him as he was always appreciative and fun-loving. Pete was a man who loved his family and led by example.
Pete is survived by wife of 49 years, Michelle, of Tyler; sons, Forrest Forsyth Jr. of Tyler, and Spencer Forsyth, and wife Rachel, of Highland Village, Texas; granddaughters, Lauren and Leighton Forsyth of Highland Village; brother, Dr. Nelson Forsyth, and wife Ginger, of Dallas; sister-in-law, Marilyn Burbank of Houston; and by a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and very special friends.
Many thanks go to Dr. Mark Drazner and his wonderful staff at the UT Southwestern Heart Transplant Clinic and the Fresenius Dialysis Center in Tyler for all of the medical care they have provided over the past seven years. The family would also like to thank the entire Celebration's Sunday School Class, led by Ken White, for their unending love, support and prayers for Pete.
Services for Pete Forsyth will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, at Lloyd James Funeral Home with Dr. Paul Powell officiating. A military graveside will follow at the Cathedral in the Pines Cemetery with Bob Allen, Bill Beasing, Bill Flanigan, Willie Hardy, Charles Miller, and Bob Woodruff serving as pallbearers. Bill Baird, Ron Bouldin, Bruce Duncan, Kendall Neill and the men of the Celebration's Sunday School Class of Green Acres will serve as honorary pallbearers. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday evening, at the funeral home.
Memorials can be made to the