R.C. Forrester

Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at White-Ranson Funeral Home, with Bobby Stewart officiating. Burial will follow in East View Cemetery.
Friends and family will serve as pallbearers.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until the service hour Wednesday.
The family requests that memorials be made to Masquerade Theatre or the American Cancer Society.
He was born Feb. 18, 1931, in Union City, son of the late Reb and Lydia Belle (Clark) Forrester. He married the former Jean George June 21, 1953. She died July 1, 2008. He was a retired farmer and a counselor for Dyersburg City Schools, where he worked for 18 years, and was a U.S. Army veteran who served during the Korean War. He was a charter member and organizer of the Obion County Historical Society and served as the organization’s president on several different occasions. He was also a member of the West Tennessee Historical Society and was a past board member of the Tennessee Heritage Alliance. He had also been chairman of the Obion County Museum board of directors and was the first official Obion County Historian.
Around 1965, he began his service as secretary of the Union City Arts Council and was one of the organizers of Masquerade Theatre and the former Writers’ Ink.
He spent much time in researching and writing local history and was a frequent contributor to the Union City Messenger, with several articles also published in the West Tennessee Historical Society Journal. He was the author of “Glory and Tears (The Civil War in Obion County” and was the editor of many books on local history. He also co-authored several other books with the late Betty Wood.
A member of Exchange Street Church of Christ, he had served as a deacon and as education director.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Kevin Clark of Morganton, N.C.; his son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Cathy Forrester of Jackson; two granddaughters and their spouses, Kristen and Craig Moore and Elizabeth Johns and Carlos Alfaro, all of Bakersfield, Calif.; two grandsons, Ian Charles Dudley and Ty Dudley, both of Morganton; and two great-granddaughters, Allison Moore and Alexis Alfaro-Johns, both of Bakersfield.
Condolences may be sent to the family at the funeral home website: www.white-ranson.com.

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