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Willard “Bill” Forrister, 97, of Murphy died Sunday, February 9, 2014 at his residence. He was a native of Cherokee County, where he had lived most of his life. He was a veteran of WWII, serving in the United States Army in the Pacific Theatre. Bill was a retired lead burner having worked in Arizona, Montana, Idaho, and Alabama. He was an active union man. He was a member and strong supporter of Harris Chapel Church of God.


He was the son of the late C.C. and Iowa Montgomery Forrister and the husband of the late Jewell Ledford Forrister, who died September 1, 2005. He was also preceded in death by his step-mother, Estelle Forrister.


Surviving are a daughter, Ann Wilson and husband, Ed of Marietta, GA; two sons, Gene Forrister of Murphy and Morris Forrister and wife, Carolyn of Westcliffe, CO; a sister, Helen Forrister Gibson of Murphy; a brother, Charles Forrister of Murphy; five grandchildren, Matthew and Andrew Wilson, Karin Cutcliff, Stephanie Hardee, and Darryl Forrister; and seven great grandchildren, Forest, Canaan, and Jordan Wilson, Christian and Lauren Cutcliff, and David and Zack Hardee.


Funeral services were held at 11:00 AM Saturday, February 15 in the Harris Chapel Church of God with the Revs. Jim Hall and Allen Harris officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. Grandsons and nephews served as pallbearers and honorary pallbearers.


The family received friends from 6-8 Friday evening at the Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy where the body remained until placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the services.


The family requests memorials be made in memory of Willard “Bill” Forrister to a charity of your choice.


Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy in charge of all arrangements.







#9 Andrew wilson 2016-02-19 02:27
I will forever miss my grandfather. I still have dreams. About him and remember him daily. Even now.
#8 Rick Aiken 2014-04-11 16:32
So Sorry to hear of Mr Forrister Passing! What a wonderful person he was and Wonderful Friend To My Mom and Dad! God Bless the Family!
#7 Elizabeth H. Beavers 2014-02-14 15:31
I send my sincere condolences in your time of sorrow. I am sadden to hear of my Uncle Willard. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Love to all!! Cousin Elizabeth Harris Beavers
#6 Tommy Shaffer 2014-02-12 17:09
Bill will be greatly missed. He always had an encouraging word. He was a positive influence and example of what it means to be Christ like. He was blessed with the gift of wisdom. I am blessed to have known him and shared in a small part of his life. Tommy Shaffer
#5 Marie Harris Head 2014-02-12 15:28
I am sadden to hear about my uncle Bill. He was a great man and so was my aunt Jewel. They were so good to our family. My love to Ann,Morris,and Gene. Marie Harris Head.
#4 Brenda Forrister Rai 2014-02-10 22:08
Bill was one of those people that when you talked to him, you knew right away that he was a Christian!!!!!! ! Not mentioned in the obituary are his deceased Brothers Lester G. Forrister, and Windell Forrister, and his sister Sadie Forrister...... ......
#3 Rick Casey 2014-02-10 21:23
What a loss of a godly man. Bill Forrister was a Christian man to emulate and to learn from. Didn't often see Bill in the last few years, but he made tremendous impression on my life. He will missed. Rick Casey
#2 Mr & Mrs Jackie Arp 2014-02-10 19:18
Our condolence in the lost of your Dad.
Jackie & Susie Arp
#1 Pat & Mark Shields 2014-02-10 12:17
Bill always had a smile to share. We will miss him.
Our love, Pat & Mark
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