REMEMBER IN PRAYER:
The family and friends of the late Rev. Robert Glynn Forester, who passed away July 27, at the Jackson-Madison General Hospital, at the age of 74. The Rev. Forester was the pastor of the Presbyterian Church (USA) in McKenzie, TN and also of the Bethel Cumberland Presbyterian Church, McLemoresville. His funeral was July 30, with the Revs. Don Reeves and Larry Dailey officiating. His burial was in the Shiloh Cemetery. The Rev. Forester was a graduate of Bethel College and Memphis Theological Seminary. The Rev. Forester was the pastor of churches in Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Arkansas. His survivors include his wife, Edna Gene Ledbetter Forester; two sisters, Ermadean Watson and Juanita Arms. Memorials may be sent to the Robert and Edna Gene Forester Bethel College Scholarship Fund. The fund will be used to educate young ministers.
[Source: The Cumberland Presbyterian, October 1997, page 6]
Robert G. Forester, pastor of the Presbyterian Church in McKenzie, celebrated 50 years in the gospel ministry. He dedicated his life to the service of the Lord at Camp Peniel, near Morrilton, AR, during the third week of July, 1947, following three years in the military service, serving 27 months of that time in the South Pacific.
Rev. Forester, minister of the Presbyterian Church USA in McKenzie and Bethel Cumberland Presbyterian Church in McLemoresville, died Sunday morning, July 27 at Jackson-Madison General Hospital.
He preached his first sermon at his home church, the Hopewell Cumberland Presbyterian Church, at Cord, AR, the first Sunday in August, 1947.
He was ordained as a Cumberland Presbyterian minister in the spring of 1950, the same year he graduated from Bethel College. He continued his training in the Cumberland Presbyterian Seminary which was located on Bethel's campus at that time. He received his Bachelor of Divinity degree there in 1952. He returned to the Seminary after it moved to Memphis and received his Master of Divinity degree there in 1969. While living in Oklahoma in the 70's, he attended Phillips University at Enid, receiving all but five hours necessary for a Doctor of Divinity degree.
He entered Bethel College in the fall of 1946 and shortly thereafter met and married his wife, the former Edna Gene Ledbetter of Memphis. After he finished Seminary, they moved to Alabama.
Mr. Forester has served as stated supply pastor at the Presbyterian Church of McKenzie since the fall of 1989, preaching there every Sunday morning.
He also preached at Bethel Cumberland Presbyterian Church at McLemoresville, conducting early morning worship there two Sundays monthly.
Mr. Forester held pastorates in Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Arkansas. He was elected Moderator of the Cumberland Presbyterian Denomination in 1983.
Services for Rev. Robert Glynn Forester, 74, of McKenzie were July 30 with the Revs. Don Reeves and Larry Dailey officiating. The burial was in Shiloh Cemetery.
[Source: The Cumberland Presbyterian, October 1997, page 9]