GREENSBORO, N.C. - "We never out-grow our need for Love and Laughter, for Joy and Wonder." This was the creed for August Calvin Forrester who passed away on the 14th of May 2013. He was born in Sulfer Springs, August 4, 1921. His parents were Annie Lucille and James Farris Forrester. Calvin graduated from West Blockton High School, West Blockton, Ala., 1939, Howard College, Birmingham, Ala., 1949, Southern Seminary, Louisville, Ky., 1949-1950, and YMCA College, Chicago, Ill., 1954. He received a MA Philosophy in 1981, University of Georgia, Certificate of Gerontology in 1985, and Master of Arts, University of Georgia, in 1989. His philosophy was you are never too old to stop learning.
Calvin served as a Baptist Minister and Pastor from 1935-1949; YMCA Secretary and Camp Director, Corpus Christi, Texas and Tulsa, Oklahoma from 1949-1955; and District Sales Manager for Rolston Purina Co. North and South Carolina from 1955-1965. Upon return to the State of Georgia while attending the Presbyterian Church in Commerce and at the urging of the pastor, he returned to Columbia Seminary to pursue studies to become a Presbyterian Minister; served as Teacher, Truett-McConnell College, Cleveland, from 1977-1986; Speaker, Success Leaders Speakers Service, Atlanta, 1976-1986; Coordinator Golden Olympics, Athens, 1985, and Trainer for Para-Therapist for the Elderly from 1984-1986.
A fraction list of his community work would include College Student Body President Senior year, received John R. Matt Student Pacific Services Award, President of Professional Social Workers Assoc. while in Corpus Christie, Texas; President of YMCA Youth Secretaries for Oklahoma and Texas while in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 1972 he helped organize the Banks County, Georgia Chamber of Commerce and served as president for seven years.
After retirement age he served as Pastor and Minister for several churches while maintaining an e-mail sermon for family and friends that grew to 150 before his health forced him to stop.
Survivors include his wife Sarah Deaton Forrester; a daughter, Rebecca Brownlee and her son Duncan Brownlee, Raleigh, N.C. and another son, Jason Brownlee and wife Joan and children Mac and Eleanor, Austin, Texas; a daughter Cindy Forrester, her husband Richard Costello, Greensboro, N.C., her children Adam Bell and his wife Tan Hong Xia, China, Sarah Bell and her son Gavin, Greensboro, N.C., and Bryan Bell and his wife Jessica and daughter Nova, Gainesville. A son, Ernest Calvin Forrester and his wife Robin, his daughters Carly, Katie, Haley, Sugar Hill, Georgia and a daughter Jessica Forrester, Oakwood, Georgia. His surviving brothers and sister are Harold Forrester and wife Gwen, Donald Forrester and wife Juanice, of Alburquerque, N.M., and Evelyn Marrow, Cottonwood, Ariz.
A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church, Toccoa, on Saturday, May 25, at 1 p.m. with the Revs. David Keister and the Paul Evans officiating. The family will receive friends in the fellowship hall following the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Rd., Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814.
Acree-Davis Funeral Home, Toccoa, is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences can be made by visiting the website at www.acree-davisfh.com