Forrest Marvin Matheney



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

The Padgett and King Mortuary & Crematory is in charge of arrangements and an online guest registry is available at