Senior Master Sergeant Forrest Marvin Matheney, USAF, Retired, age 74 of Ocala, Florida died Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at West Marion Community Hospital. Forrest was born April 7, 1943 in York County, South Carolina. He grew up in Forest City, North Carolina and was a former member of Florence Baptist Church, Forest City and a graduate of Cool Springs High School in the Class of 1961. Following graduation he enlisted in the United States Air Force on June 7, 1961 and served his country honorably until his retirement on October 1, 1983. Following his military retirement he worked as a Maintainability Engineer for Pratt & Whitney from 1983 until 2003. After ‘second retirement,’ he cherished his time with family and friends, traveled and worked on improving his golf game.
He was preceded in death by his father, PFC Clyde Matheney, USMC and mother, Jeanette Kiser Matheney Cole. Clyde was killed in the Battle of Sugar Loaf Hill, Okinawa, Japan during World War II when Forrest was two years old. He was further preceded by his stepfather, Euell “Bill” Cole, as well as brothers J.D. Cole and Harold Cole.
Survivors include his beloved wife, Doris Greenlee Matheney, a daughter, Sharon Matheney Furlong and husband Dale, a son, Barry Matheney and wife Bonnie , brothers, Jim Cole and wife Barbara and Dean Cole and wife Mary as well as four grandchildren, Allyson Mills, Barry T. Matheney, Brittany Matheney and Wyatt Furlong.
A Memorial service will be held at eleven o'clock on Monday, November 6, 2017 in The Padgett and King Chapel with the Reverend Dr. Bobby Gantt officiating and a eulogy given by his son, Barry Matheney. Interment of his ashes will follow at two o'clock at the Western North Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain, North Carolina with military honors accorded by the United States Air Force. The family will receive friends from 10 until 11 AM prior to the service at the mortuary.
Memorials may be made to Florence Baptist Church, 201 S. Broadway Street, Forest City, NC 28043 or Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Charitable Service Trust at www.givedirect.org/donate/?cid=779
The Padgett and King Mortuary & Crematory is in charge of arrangements and an online guest registry is available at www.padgettking.com
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Doris, we are so sorry for your loss. I am sorry we could not come today. Jack has gout and I am facing surgery. Will know for certain on Wednesday. You and your family are in our prayers. Love Hazel
Submitted by Hazel and Jack Bryant on Nov 6 2017 07:51:31 PM
My condolences to the family.
Submitted by Frances Toney on Nov 5 2017 09:44:39 PM
Doris and family, we share with you your loss of Forrest and are grateful for having known him in high school and later reunions, and for his service to our country. I understand you are moving back to Spindale and will thus be close to your early life together. We are thinking of you and hoping for your well-being with pleasant memories of your life together. Warm regards,
Franklin and Judy Hyder Adkinson
CS Classes of 1961and 1962
Submitted by Franklin Adkinson on Nov 5 2017 10:54:56 AM
My prayers are with your family. I, regretfully, didn't get to know Forrest as well as many others. My remembrances began when I first met Forrest in 1984 when I began with Pratt & Whitney. I have nothing but fond memories of Forrest. May You rest in peace.
Submitted by robert walker on Nov 5 2017 09:37:25 AM
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Robert Walker lit a candle on Nov 5 2017 08:02:11 AM
I had the privilege of having Forrest as a neighbor and friend in Ocala, Florida. He was a quiet, kind man who always had a smile on his face. My deepest condolences to his wife and my friend, Doris, his daughter Sharon, son Barry and, to his entire family. Forrest will be truly missed.
Submitted by Shaye Bureau on Nov 4 2017 08:09:28 PM
I met Forrest while attending F100 CIP and tech reviews at West Palm Beach and San Antonio while in the Air Force. At Pratt and Whitney, Forrest and I worked together in generating maintainability analysis records for the F100 engne depot test stands and field support equipment. Forrest was always someone you could confide in and always had a positive attitude. He was always smiling and made tough times pass by easier. He was a good friend that will surely be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Submitted by Mike and Kay Denny on Nov 4 2017 08:00:38 PM
I first met Forrest in 1986 when we worked together at P&W for the better part of 14 years. He always had a big smile and friendly greeting for everyone. His easy going manner was contagious. Teresa & I will always remember the good times we had during cook-outs with you both and other friends and co-workers in our Port St. Lucie . Forrest will be greatly missed by the many, many friends he made thru the years. He was a true gentleman and friend that would do anything he could to help you out. One of the saddest moments is when you hear of the loss of a friend.
Doris and family, please accept out sincere sympathy on your loss. He was a good friend and will sorely missed. Please keep in touch and always know that you are welcome in our home anytime. Please let us know if there is anything you need or we can do. Our thoughts and prayers are with you always.
Submitted by Gary & Teresa McCurry on Nov 3 2017 09:38:42 PM
Forrest and I first met at Luke AFB in 1975, and I will always remember his smile and willingness to go the extra mile with his peers and those he trained over the years. We were reunited in 1984 when I went to work in customer services at Pratt. For a while we road to work together in a car pool. I often think of those days and the time we shared on our way to work. Forrest will be missed by the many friends he made over the years. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and may you find comfort in the memories that are yours to cherish.
Submitted by Art Hodges on Nov 3 2017 10:56:31 AM
I was fortunate to work with Forrest at Pratt and Whitney and then share fourteen retirement years in Ocala with him. Forrest always had a smile and was ready to laugh. For a few years we traveled to Sebring together to join a four day golf outing. We'd play 36 holes together the first day and then spread out for 90 more holes with other folks over the next three days. He loved the game and everybody loved him. We played three times a week for years here in Ocala. I never saw him have anything but fun with the game and joy with the company.
I will miss you my friend.
Submitted by Ken Robb on Nov 2 2017 08:33:41 PM
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