Kenneth Wayne Forshee, born on Jan. 21, 1940, made his way to be with the Lord and was reunited with his family, on Tuesday, June 18, 2019.
Kenneth was born in Sweetwater, then moved with his family to Clewiston, Florida, where he spent the remainder of his youth. Some remember how he was a football star at Clewiston High School in the late 1950s, before he joined the Army. He met and married a LaBelle girl, Sherron Fussell, and went on to live nearly 59 years together. They raised three children, moving from pillar to post, where they always had each other for support.
Kenneth spent 20 years in a job he loved, serving his country the best way he knew how, with the military. He was ambitious, achieving a rank of E7 in seven years, when it usually takes ten years. His service included: Vietnam, from 1967-68, where he was awarded a Bronze Star for meritorious service; Ft. McPherson, in Atlanta, Georgia, where he was awarded a Joint Service Commendation Medal for involvement coordinating rescue operations for the 1977 airport disaster in Tenerife, Canary Islands; many unit awards and commendation medals in Army posts and recruiting stations in California, Hawaii, Kentucky, Texas, Louisiana, Missouri, Georgia, Korea and Tennessee.
Kenneth’s civilian life saw him travel again, with a hospital construction company, as an electrician. Later, his wife Sherron joined him in a family business, repairing electrical issues in mobile homes.
The Vietnam War took its toll, and much to the family’s dismay, the once strong, willful husband and father they knew, spent his last years in Ben Atchley, Virginia Nursing Home in Knoxville, where he was treated with dignity, respect and love. We are forever grateful for their excellent care.
Sixteen days after the death of his beloved wife, he joined her, and now both will be at rest in the John Sevier Veterans Cemetery.
Kenneth was a loving father and husband. He will be greatly missed.
Kenneth is preceded in death by: his wife, Sherron Fussell Forshee; parents, Charles Evan Forshee and Edna Rose Morgan; siblings, Charles Forshee Jr., Thomas Robert Forshee, James Earl Forshee, Rose Marie Mathis, Jimmy E. Forshee; nephews, Gary Sellers, Eric Forshee, Tony Forshee.
Kenneth leaves behind many loved ones, including: his children, Catherine Denton, Barbara Forshee, Kenton Forshee;
Siblings, Emma Jewel Cox, Joyce Ann Plemons, Betty Jo Sellers.
His other family still thriving are: many nieces and nephews, along with their families, living in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee.
A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.
In lieu of flowers please donate to www.operationhomefront.org — a national 501 (c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families so they can thrive, not simply struggle to get by, in the communities they have worked so hard to protect.
Arrangements made by Cremation by Grandview, Maryville, TN. Please leave remembrances and condolences at www.cremationbygrandview.com