Forbey, Fred Ward Sr.

Fred Ward Forbey Sr., Major, USAF (Retired)
February 28, 1928 – November 22, 2010

Major Fred Ward Forbey (U.S.A.F. Ret.), age 82, died Monday, November 22, 2010 at his residence in Columbus, MS. Services were held Wednesday, November 24, 2010 at 2:00 PM at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Glenn Miller officiating. Burial with full military honors followed at Friendship Cemetery. Visitation was held at the funeral home Wednesday, November 24, 2010 from 12:00 noon until service time.

Mr. Forbey was born on Tuesday, February 28, 1928 in Charleston, MO to the late Fred and Vivian Ward Forbey. Mr. Forbey served in the United States Air Force from May 1, 1953 to February 9, 1970. His career began as a cadet at Malden AFB, MO. in pilot training. In 1968 and 1969 he was a helicopter squadron commander and was a decorated Vietnam Veteran. His tour of duty included Korea, Iceland, and Germany. Stateside he was stationed in Duluth, MN.; Sumter, SC.; Alexandria, LA. and Reno, NV. After returning home from Vietnam, he was stationed at Columbus Air Force Base, MS. where he retired.

After his retirement, he was a helicopter pilot for several companies including, JJ Ferguson in Greenwood, MS., an ambulance pilot for Forrest General Hospital, in Hattiesburg, MS., and in 1975 returned to Columbus to fly for Phillips Contracting Company. Mr. Forbey was a “Gold Circle Club” member in the American Helicopter Society. He also owned and operated Cabana Package Store.

“Fred loved God, his family and his country.” In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty Jo Forbey and his son, Fred W. Forbey Jr. Survivors include his wife, Mildred H. Forbey, Columbus MS.; two daughters, Frederica Forbey, Columbus, MS. and Suzanne F. Bolton (Bobby), Columbus, MS.; step-daughter, Becky Moore (Clint), Columbus, MS.; step-son, Cecil Lindsey (Marilyn), Columbus, MS.; step-brother, Frank Underwood (Betty), Oakland, TN.; grandchildren, Gary Richardson, Jr. (Lacey); great grandchildren, Michael Richardson, Michelle Richardson; step-grandchildren, Brent Bolton (Shannon), Erin Bolton, and Ross Moore.

The Pallbearers were U.S. Air Force Honor Guard. The Honorary Pallbearers were members of the American Legion, V.F.W., and D.A.V.


November 24, 2010 12:02 PM
Freddie, You are in my thoughts and prayers this morning. I am sorry for your loss and for being unable to get by the funeral home this morning. I will be checking in with you soon. Love and blessings, Angela.
Angela Rutherford , Columbus, MS

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