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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When Ken Robb and I were going to move to Ocala, he told Forrest about this great neighborhood we were going to build in. We didn’t, but Forrest and Doris did. We socialized some - but not enough - with this great couple, and I know that Ken always enjoyed their time on the golf course. God bless his memory.
Submitted by Meryl Margolies on Nov 2 2017 08:14:06 PM
Uncle Forrest will be truly missed by many. He was the type of person that will never be forgotten, even if he only touched your life for a brief moment. He was one heck of a man and had an everlasting smile! Until we meet again! Love ya', Jami & Eddie
Submitted by Jami & Eddie Clements on Nov 2 2017 03:19:16 PM
Our deepest sympathy for your loss. I work with Sharon Matheney Furlong, may God fill your heart with peace and comfort and bless the family during this time.
Submitted by Sarah Kuminski on Nov 2 2017 12:36:22 PM
Forest and I met on the golf course in Ocala, Florida and for the next 14 years we have both tried to improve our golf game. We might have failed at that , but we sure had fun laughing, and enjoying each others company.
What a great guy who will be sorely missed by his entire family as well as others who lives he has touched. God bless you Forest, you were super.
Submitted by bill pike on Nov 1 2017 08:03:20 PM
I've Known Forrest Since our days together at Bitburg AB, Germany and later at Pratt & Whitney ACFT. A truly outstanding person and friend, who will be missed by many. Our condolences to his family during this time of sorrow. RIP Forrest, it was a privilege knowing you...
Otto & Fina Henderson
Submitted by Otto Henderson on Nov 1 2017 05:25:44 PM
I had the privilege of working with Forrest back in 1978/79 at Eglin AFB, FL and again for several years at Pratt & Whitney. A really great guy and a go to person in his profession. I will miss him.
Submitted by Rickie Cowan on Oct 31 2017 11:18:37 PM
Forrest looked so good last week. Hard to believe this but he is not suffering now .... you will see him again ! ❤️ Claude & Jerre
Submitted by Jerre Foster on Oct 31 2017 09:43:43 PM
Our deepest sympathise for your loss
I knew Forrest for many years and was thankful to call him my friend. May God be with the family during this time of loss.
Submitted by Michael and Cathy Collum on Oct 31 2017 05:51:59 PM
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