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Barry R. Forbes, Sr.


Sunrise: July 19, 1950

Sunset: March 8, 2020

On Sunday, March 8, 2020, God’s angels guided Barry Rhys Forbes, Sr. to his heavenly home.  Barry was born July 9, 1950 in Norfolk, VA to the late William Earl and Minnie Lee Bowser Forbes.  He attended Norfolk Public schools and graduated from Maury High School.  While at Maury, he excelled in long distance running- placing in numerous events and earning a letter in track.  After attending Norfolk State University, he joined the U S Air Force.  Following his military service, he worked for the Virginian Pilot Newspaper and retired after ten years with the Hampton Veteran Administration Medical Center.  Barry would start each morning reading scripture.  He was a happy, fun loving, sharp dressing, big personality guy.  He was an avid basketball and San Francisco 49ers football fan.  He loved cooking, gospel and jazz music, and dancing, he was generous to a fault.  He would give away his things and your to …   Barry leaves to cherish his memory: sons: Barry Forbes, Jr. and Aaron Forbes; three grandchildren, Cherish, Royalty, and Kairo; special friends: Lydia Doxie whom he loved dearly, Patricia, and John Helps, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Viewing Thursday, March 12, 2020 4:00pm - 8:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 7246 Granby Street Norfolk, VA 23505 Service Friday, March 13, 2020 11:00am First Baptist Church 418 E. Bute Street Norfolk, VA 23510 Interment Albert G. Horton Jr. Veteran's Cemetery 5310 Milners Road Suffolk, VA 23434

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    Brenda Wilson-Wright says

    Friends you make in Jesus last forever through this life and beyond Barry was always a dear friend always smiling and joking I will miss you my friend. Words seldom can express the thoughts that come from the heart but may the family find comfort in knowing I
    Sympathize and care🙏🏽❤️

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    Rev. Dr. James Edwards, lll says

    Brother Barry the race you ran in life might have been difficult but you brought the baton home to the finish line in good fashion. Rest in peace Barry.

    Rev. Dr. James And Rev. Dee Edwards, lll
    Retired Pastor New Rose of Sharon

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