Philip Roy Forrest

Published 3:45 pm Sunday, June 3, 2018

Mr. Philip Roy Forrest, 79, died on Monday, May 28, 2018, at the Joan and Howard Woltz Hospice Home in Dobson.

He was born in Davie County on March 25, 1939, to the late Clarence Franklin and Sadie Mae Barneycastle Forrest. His siblings, Carl, Sue, Carol, and Harvey, also preceded him in death.

Mr. Forrest was a member of the first class to graduate from Davie County Consolidated High School in 1957. He attended Nashville Auto-Diesel College and returned home to work as a mechanic before becoming a founding partner of Formac Automotive in 1973. Later he worked at P&G Auto Parts before moving to the hills of Virginia in 1990. In Galax, he worked for Advance Auto Parts and Vaughn Furniture until his retirement. At a young age, he was added to the Lord’s church and served as a songleader at the Jericho and North Main Street congregations in Mocksville, and the Southside and Fries congregations in Virginia. He enjoyed gardening, playing Rook, walking in the mountains, cutting fire wood, and helping those in need.

Survivors: his wife of 34 years, Joy Bartlett Forrest of the home; the mother of his children to whom he was married for 18 years, Mary Turner Hilton, of Lexington; his daughter, Saundra Forrest of Nashville, Tenn.; his son, Philip Roy Forrest Jr. and wife Grace, along with his grandchildren, Betsy, Daniel, and Matthew Forrest, all of Mocksville; 3 aunts, Novella Safley, Christine Wyatt and Irene Matthews; step-children, Travis and John Cooley; step-grandchildren, Kayla Farrell, Josh, Savannah, Andrea, Jake and Jaden Cooley; step great-grandchildren, Alex, Alivia and Aiden Cooley and Trenton, Allena and Mason Farrell.

In keeping with his wishes, his body has been donated for medical research and a memorial service will be held Saturday, June 9 at 3 p.m. at High Country Services Funeral & Cremations, 600 Glendale Road, Galax, VA. Visitation will begin 1 hour prior to the service.

Memorials: Joan & Howard Woltz Hospice Home, 945 Zephyr Road, Dobson, 27017,