In Memory

Harry Forbes

Harry Forbes

In loving memory of our dear classmate

Harry "Skip" Cleveland Forbes, Jr., age 71, was born on November 27, 1946 in Paris, Texas, and passed away on the evening of June 7, 2018, in Richardson, Texas, surrounded by his loving family.

Skip was preceded in death by his parents, Jean Brackeen and Harry Cleveland Forbes, Sr. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Diane Bibby Forbes, and children Chris Forbes and wife Heather; and Michelle Watson and husband Dusty. He is the beloved grandfather of four grandchildren, Michael, Kylie, Grayson and Reese. He is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Kenny and Cindy Forbes; sister and brother-in-law, Karen and Pat West; sister and brother-in-law, Jerry and Steve Fisher; his aunt and uncle, Betty and Buddy Foster; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Skip was the oldest of four children and grew up in Houston, Texas, where he attended Waltrip High School. He graduated with a Bachelor of Finance from East Texas State University and a Master of Library Science from University of North Texas. He married the love of his life, Diane, on August 17, 1973, following a three-month courtship. His 29-year career as a librarian for Nicholson Memorial Library was a reflection of his deep love for history and education.

Skip proudly served in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. His loyalty and love for his country were reflected in his unwavering patriotism. He will be deeply missed by his family, his friends, and all who knew and loved him.

The family will receive visitors from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 10, 2018 in the Memorial Chapel at Restland Funeral Home, 13005 Greenville Ave., Dallas. A celebration of life will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, June 11, 2018 in the Memorial Chapel at Restland Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Restland Cemetery.

Published in Houston Chronicle on June 10, 2018

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07/02/18 09:48 PM #1    

Jeanne Spencer (Adams)

I did not personally know Skip but I met his sister, Jerry Forbes Fisher, a few months ago at my hairdresser’s in Rockwall.  We were both long time customers of the same lady.  Then I found out that she and I attend the same church, First Baptist. I always get excited to meet people in north Texas that went to Waltrip.  She spoke very highly of her brother and I know she will miss him very much.  

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