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
MURCHISON-A memorial service for Eddie Green, 80 of Murchison is scheduled for 2:00 P M Saturday at Carroll-Lehr Funeral Chapel with Rev. Brooks Taylor officiating.
Joyce Sessions Adams
ATHENS-Services for Joyce Sessions Adams, 80 of Athens are scheduled for 2:00 P M Friday at Lake Athens Baptist Church with Rev. John Green officiating.
Private burial will follow in Red Hill Cemetery under the direction of Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home.
Floy Dorsett Gannon
Athens -Recitation of the Rosary for Floy Dorsett Gannon, 91 of Athens is scheduled for 6:00 P.M. Thursday at Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 A.M. Friday at St. Edward’s Catholic Church with Rev. Pancras Savarimuthu, Celebrant.
Dora ‘Velma’ Whittenberg
Dora “Velma” Ward Whittenberg passed away on Friday, July 25, 2014, in Corsicana, Texas where she had made her home with her daughter. Born and raised east of Crossroads in the Becks Chapel Community, she lived in Henderson County for 90 years.
Randall ‘Randy’ Spurgeon
MORGAN-Services for Randall Ray Spurgeon, 61 of Morgan are scheduled for 11:00 A.M. Tuesday in Harbor Baptist Church, 12059 SH 198 South, Gun Barrel City with Rev. George Yarger officiating.
Burial will follow in Payne Cemetery under the direction of Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home.
Eula Bea Cox Vaughn
Graveside services for Eula Bea Cox Vaughn, 87, of Athens, are scheduled for Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 10:00 AM at Shelby Cemetery with Pastor Mark Fulks officiating.
George Paul Shannon
Bradford, TX - A Memorial Service is being planned for a later date for George Paul Shannon, 76, of Bradford. He passed away Thursday, July 24, 2014 at his home in Bradford.
Dr. James W. Smith
ATHENS-Dr. James W. Smith passed away at his home in Athens July 13, 2014 after a short illness.
Victoria Ann Wyatt
Funeral services for Victoria Ann Wyatt, 4, of Athens are scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, July 27, 2014 at the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home of Athens. Interment will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery in Van Zandt County, Texas.
Barbara Joan Arthur
Barbara Joan Arthur, 78, of Athens, passed peacefully from this life to be with her Lord and Savior Wednesday, July 23, 2014.
A memorial service will be held to honor and celebrate Joan’s life, Saturday, July 26, 2014, 10:30 A.M. at Sand Springs Baptist Church in Athens with Julius Ray Tapley officiating.
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