2/06/53 – 11/24/12
A celebration of Scott’s life will be held Friday, Nov. 30, at 11 a.m. at the First Christian Church of Athens, 900 Robbins Road with the Rev. Bill Hauck officiating. A reception and lunch will follow.
Scott was the son of Ross and Joyce Forney of Dallas, born in South Korea on Feb. 6, 1953. His mother, Joyce Forney, brother, Doug Forney and sisters, Priscilla Cunningham, Kathryn Sargent and Ellen Gardner survive him.
Scott graduated from Plano High School, and from Richland Community College in Dallas. He was close to completion of his Bachelors degree in Horticulture at Texas A & M, when, already a husband and a father, he decided to go to work in Athens. He never regretted that choice. Athens has always been the best place in the world for Scott.
Married to Debra Chilton, Scott had dreams of a greenhouse business of his own. Together, they accomplished that with “Scott’s Nursery.” They were doing fine, until he was hit with a brain hemorrhage that changed everything. Through the rough times to follow, it was his faith, his family and the prayers of members of the First Christian Church, and other churches in Athens, which helped him survive, and gave him the hope of better times to come.
Scott and Debra reared two children: Dylan, who lives in Murchison; and Jessica (married to Jason Tischer) who lives in Dallas. Both graduated from Athens-area high schools. Scott was very proud of his grandchildren, Blake Forney and Abigail and Andrew Tischer.
Scott’s many contributions to Athens include his membership in the Athens Jaycees. He was the guy who set off the gigantic fireworks display for some years at Bruce Field. He was a contributor to several garden clubs, and published a book on gardening, especially for that geographical area.
When the East Texas Arboretum moved to its present location, he was actively-involved, and became their official horticulturist.
Boy Scouts occupied much of Scott’s time. At one point, he was leader for two troops at once. Cub Scout troop No. 350 and Boy Scout Troop No. 343 developed the kind of Scouts who had an unusual number of Eagle Scout awards.
In his church, Scott was enthusiastic about giving through his talents at landscaping, and through membership in the choir.
Instead of flowers, the family would hope for memorial contributions to be made to the Music Ministry or the Landscaping Fund of First Christian Church of Athens, 900 Robbins Road, Athens, TX 75751.
2/06/53 – 11/24/12
Mahalie Lucille Hicks
ATHENS-A memorial service for Mahalie Lucille Hicks, 90, Athens is scheduled for 1:00 P M Monday in Davis Cemetery under the direction of Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home.
Gerardo De La Fuente
Athens– Funeral Services for Gerardo De La Fuente, 19, of Athens are scheduled for 11:30 A.M, Monday, July 21, 2014 at St. Edwards Catholic Church with Father Pancreas officiating. Interment will follow at Shelby Chapel Cemetery.
Betty Sue Tapley Wilson
ATHENS- Services for Betty Sue Tapley Wilson, 72 of Athens are scheduled for 2:00 pm Sunday, July 20, 2014 at Carroll-Lehr Funeral home with Bro Gene Bishop and Bro Johnny Allen officiating.
Funeral services for Mrs. Ellen Houston- Roberts, 61, Athens will be at 2pm, Saturday at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. Leonard L. Jackson officiating. Burial will follow in North Athens Cemetery under the direction of John R. Harmon Undertaking Co. Mrs. Roberts died July 12, 2014 at her residence.
Doyle C. Paroline
ATHENS-Services for Doyle C. Paroline, 74 of Athens are scheduled for 2:00 P M Friday, July 18 in New York Baptist Church with Rev. Donald Thomas officiating.
Gladys Miller Whatley
A memorial service for Gladys Clarice Miller Whatley, 100 of Athens is scheduled for 2:00 P M, Saturday, July 19, 2014 at the Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall, Athens with Randy Fambrough officiating.
Mrs. Whatley passed away June 7, 2014 in Athens.
Ouida Owen Johnson
Ouida Owen Johnson, 89, of Dallas, TX passed away on Monday July 14th 2014. She was born in Malakoff, TX on September 3rd 1924 to Dr. D.B. Owen and Willie Riddlesperger Owen.
She was proceeded in death by her husband R. Van Johnson and her sister, Janice Owen Miller of Athens, TX
Peggy Dian Stanford Griffin
EUSTACE- Peggy Dian Stanford Griffin, 65 of Eustace was born June 1, 1949 in Jacksonville to Raymond Harold and Peggy Miller Stanford. She passed away July 13, 2014 in Tyler due to complications after surgery.
ATHENS-Services for Randall Watson, 60 of Athens are scheduled for 2:00 P M
Thursday, July 17, 2014 at First Baptist Church of Cross Roads with Rev. Frank Upchurch and Rev. Jeff Jackson officiating.
Dr. C. William ‘Bill’ McNatt
ATHENS-A memorial service for Dr. C. William “Bill” McNatt, 76, of Athens is scheduled for 11:00 AM Friday, July 18, in First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Paul Sherwood, Rev. Mike Nichols and Rev. Harry Meissner officiating.
A visitation for family and friends will be 5:30 until 7:00 PM Thursday at Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home.
Dr. McNatt died July 12, 2014, in a Dallas hospital.
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