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
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Lawanda Jean Austin
Services for Lawanda Jean Austin, 81, of Richardson, Texas, are scheduled for 11:00 am Friday March 7, 2014 at Eubank Funeral Chapel with Bro. Steve Glosup officiating, under the direction of Eubank Funeral Home, Canton.
MURCHISON-Services for Pam Ballow, 62 of Murchison are scheduled for 2:00 P M Thursday at First Baptist Church in Murchison with Bro. Curtis Chandler officiating.
Athens – Funeral services for Jerry Davis, 70, of Athens, Texas are scheduled for 10:00 A.M. Friday, March 7, 2014 at the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Athens, Texas with Bro. Gene Bishop officiating. A private family burial will take place at a later time.
David Kendall Drummond
BROWNSBORO - Services for David Kendall Drummond, 53, Brownsboro are scheduled for 5:00 P M Thursday at the Shelby Chapel Cemetery Pavilion with Rev. John E. Green officiating.
Windy Dawn Pettiette
Services for Windy Dawn Pettiette, 39, of Kilgore will be Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Rader Funeral Home in Kilgore. Interment will follow in the Union Cemetery of Crossroads, TX. Mrs. Pettiette passed away on Saturday, March 1, 2014 in Kilgore.
Jozell Worsham Weesner
BROWNSBORO-Services for Jozell Worsham Weesner, 93 of Brownsboro are scheduled for 4:00 P M Sunday in Carroll-Lehr Funeral Chapel with Rev. Sherman Mayfield officiating.
ATHENS-Funeral services for Malcolm Edwards, 86, of Athens are scheduled for 11:00 A M Monday, March 3, 2014 in Carroll-Lehr Funeral Chapel with Rev. Terry Thomison and Rev. Shane Williams officiating.
ARABI, LOUISIANA-Graveside services and interment for Jimmy Williams, 59, of Arabi Louisiana are scheduled for 4:00 P M Monday, March 3, 2014 at Oaklawn Memorial Park with Tom Williams officiating.
Jason D. Thomas
Athens – A Celebration of the life of Jason D. Thomas, 45, of Athens is scheduled for 2 p.m., Saturday, March 8, 2014 at the First Baptist Church of Athens with Dr. Kyle Henderson and Dr. Tony Romans officiating.
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