Mr. Claude Lee Forbes

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The Graveside Service for Mr. Claude Lee Forbes of Montezuma, Georgia will be conducted Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at Champ Waters Cemetery, Montezuma, Georgia with Pastor Linda Forbes and Reverend William Rand officiating. CDC Guidelines allow only 10 people including ministers and funeral staff to attend all services. Because of concerns over the Covid-19 pandemic, please practice social distancing and wear masks for your safety and the safety of others.

Romans 14:8 states, "For if we live, we live unto the Lord; and if we die, we die unto the Lord…" The only comfort and security we have in this life is that we belong to the Lord. 

Claude was merely lent to us as a son, a brother, a husband, a father, and a friend until May 9, 2020, when the Lord called him home. All who love him will truly miss him, and will always carry him in our hearts.

Claude Lee Forbes was born the second eldest of six children on August 20, 1951 to Alex Forbes and Annie Claude Collier Forbes. He was reared in Montezuma, Georgia. After graduating from D.F. Douglass High School, he enlisted in the United States Army. He later was employed with Scarbury Propane. It was during this time, he decided traveling was his true love. Claude became a truck driver and traveled the country. He became known by hundreds of fellow drivers and friends as "Big Buddy". At the time of his departure, he was the owner of Forbes Trucking in Montezuma, Georgia.

On December 31, 1988, Claude married his best friend, Linda Diane Willis, who remained by his side until his departure. During their thirty-one years of marriage, they traveled, reared their children, and shared good and bad times together.

Claude is preceded in death by his parents and his brother Alex “Dap” Forbes, Jr.  Left to celebrate his life are his loving wife, Linda Willis Forbes; his beloved children: Caleb (Ashley) Forbes, Claude Forbes, Jr., Demetria Forbes, Shernann Forbes, Calondra (Daryl McDonald) Forbes, Marcus Joseph and Cherale (Ahmad) Willis-Ford; his grandchildren: Mariah Willis, Kapres Forbes, Maiyah Willis, Keion Blalock, Myauna Garner, Jarquelle Warren, Markiya Hudson, Ja’Nahla Warren, Savannah Greene, Ahrian Ford and Saxon Lee Forbes; his siblings: Darrell Forbes, Gwen Forbes, Carolyn Forbes all of Montezuma, Georgia and Susan (Homer) Causey of Atlanta, Georgia; his mother-in-law, Betty Willis Engram of Montezuma, Georgia; his aunts and uncles: Nannie Tookes, Mary Harrison, Bertha Fobbs, Bernice Collier, Charles (Mazarena) Allen all of Montezuma, Georgia, Martha (John) Keller of Englewood, New Jersey, Janie Smith of Savannah, Georgia and Mary (James) Washington of Cocoa, Florida; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.


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Brenda Warren United States
5/12/2020 2:27:11 PM #

God bless you, sorry for loss.


Brenda Warren United States
5/12/2020 2:27:57 PM #

God bless you, sorry for your loss.


Helen Journey-Walters & Family United States
5/13/2020 2:39:52 PM #

With deepest sympathy to the family.


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