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Rev. Calvin Forrester
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GREENSBORO, N.C. – “We never outgrow our need for Love and Laughter, for Joy and Wonder.” This was the creed for August Calvin Forrester, who died May 14, 2013.

A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church, Toccoa, at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 25, with the Rev. David Keister and the Rev. Paul Evans officiating.

The family will receive friends in the fellowship hall following the service.

Born Aug. 4, 1921, in Sulfer Springs, he was the son of the late Annie Lucille and James Farris Forrester.

Calvin was graduated from West Blockton High School in West Blockton, Ala., in 1939; Howard College, Birmingham, Ala., 1949; Southern Seminary, Louisville, Ky., 1949-50; and YMCA College, Chicago, Ill., 1954. He received a master’s degree in Philosophy in 1981, from the University of Georgia; Certificate of Gerontology in 1985 and Master of Arts degree, 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 1935-49; YMCA secretary and camp director, Corpus Christi, Texas, and Tulsa, Okla., from 1949-55; district sales manager for Rolston Purina Co. North and South Carolina from 1955-65. Upon his return to the state of Georgia while attending the Presbyterian Church in Commerce, at the urging of the pastor, he returned to Columbia Seminary to pursue studies to become a Presbyterian minister; teacher, Truett-McConnell College, Cleveland, from 1977-86; speaker, Success Leaders Speakers Service, Atlanta, 1976-86; coordinator, Golden Olympics, Athens, 1985; and trainer for Para-Therapists for the Elderly from 1984-1986.

A fraction list of his community work would include College Student Body president during his senior year; received John R. Matt Student Pacific Services Award; president of Professional Social Workers Association while in Corpus Christi, Texas; president of YMCA Youth Secretaries for Oklahoma and Texas while in Tulsa, Okla. In 1972, he helped organize the Banks County 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 email sermon for family and friends that grew to 150 before his health forced him to stop.

Calvin is survived by his wife, Sarah Deaton Forrester; a daughter, Rebecca Brownlee, and her son, Duncan Brownlee, both of Raleigh, N.C.; and another son, Jason Brownlee, and wife Joan, and children Mac and Eleanor, all of Austin, Texas. Other surviving children of Sarah and Calvin are a daughter, Cindy Forrester, her husband Richard Costello, of Greensboro, N.C.; her children, Adam Bell and his wife Tan Hong Xia of China, Sarah Bell and her son Gavin of Greensboro, N.C., and Bryan Bell and his wife Jessica and daughter Nova of Gainesville; a son, Ernest Calvin Forrester and his wife Robin, his daughters Carly, Katie, Haley, all of Sugar Hill; and a daughter, Jessica Forrester, of Oakwood. His surviving brothers and sister are Harold Forrester and wife Gwen, Donald Forrester and wife Juanice, of Albuquerque, N.M., and Evelyn Marrow of Cottonwood, Ariz.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Road, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814 in memory of Rev. Calvin Forrester.

Acree-Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements for the Rev. August Calvin Forrester. Online condolences can be made by visiting the website at

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May 22, 2013