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Richard Hynson Forrester, 1907 - 1995

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  Richard Hynson Forrester was born November 12, 1907, in Caroline County, Virginia. He was the son of the Rev. and Mrs. George Thomas Forrester and therefore spent all of his life in a Methodist parsonage or Methodist school dormitory. He was greatly influenced by his Godly parents whose deep devotion to the church and love of people led him into a life of Christian ministry.

  Dick attended Emory and Henry College, Randolph-Macon College, graduating in 1932, and went on to graduate from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond. Randolph-Macon awarded him the honorary degree, Doctorate of Divinity, in 1964.

  Dick began his ministry in 1932 at Bishop Memorial, Richmond. He also served the Essex Circuit, Bethany, Pace Memorial, Leesburg, Altavista, Thrasher Memorial, Vinton, Main Street in Suffolk, Front Royal, First Church, Martinsville, Fredericksburg, Wesley, Vienna, and Prince George. He also served as district superintendent of the Eastern Shore District. When Dick and Agnes retired in 1972, they moved to the Virginia United Methodist Home in Roanoke, and for years he served as pastor emeritus at Thrasher Memorial, where he enjoyed a most successful pastorate.

  Dick was blessed with a loving and supportive wife and children. Agnes was always at his side, and his children were a blessing. Dick was highly regarded as both preacher and pastor, and held in high esteem by all who were associated with him in the life and work of the church, fellow ministers and laity. Dick’s life could be characterized as a ministry of caring, service and devotion to God as a faithful servant of Jesus Christ.

  In 1989, Dick moved from the Roanoke Home to The Hermitage in Richmond. He was in declining health, and his eyesight was failing, but he never lost the warm friendly spirit which had always been such a vital part of his life.

  Richard Forrester died December 28, 1995, and was buried in Vinton beside his wife, Agnes. A memorial service was held at Thrasher Memorial Church, Vinton, conducted by the Rev. W. Anthony Layman.

  A memorial service was also held at Trinity Church, Richmond, where Richard Jr., and his family have been faithful members for many years. The service was conducted by four fellow ministers with whom he had been associated in conference affairs and had special relationships with him and his wife. They were: Dr. Harry B. Eaton, Dr. George S. Lightner, Dr. James W. Turner, and the writer.

— Harold H. Fink



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