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Joseph W. Forbes


Sunrise: October 13, 1935

Sunset: September 27, 2019

Mr. Joseph William Forbes went home to be with his heavenly father on the evening of September 27, 2019. Joseph was born on October 13, 1935 in Norfolk, VA. He was the son of the late, Ruth Forbes of Norfolk, VA. Joseph was educated in Norfolk
Public Schools. He attended Booker T. Washington High School. Joseph was a cook in the Army for four years. He also was a cook at Giant Open Air Market where he retired. He coached the Men’s Baseball Team the Pirates and The Women’s Softball Team the Cougars for many years. He worked many jobs; Red Ball Moving and Storage, DJ at the Moore’s, George Perkins Lounge for DJ, Starlight Lounge. Joseph helped found the Berkley Day. He was known for many things especially his rice pudding and Berkley Reunion dances. He was truly and amazing man who was always dedicated to all he did. He will be truly missed by many.

He was predeceased by the love of his life his wife of 47 years Brenda Forbes; sister, Willie Mae Forbes (Bertie); brothers, Roland Forbes, Sr. and Bernard Forbes (Chic). Left to cherish his loving memories are his daughter, Velda Clayton of Norfolk, VA; son, Steven Griffin (Chris); granddaughters, Amzina Clayton-Brown(Tony) and Juliet Griffin; grandson, Conrad Clayton; three great grandsons, ShaQuan Clayton, Tony Brown, Jr., Anthony Brown; nephews, Darryl Forbes, Roland Forbes, Jr., Rementa Forbes, Brian Forbes and Michael Forbes; nieces, Vicki Forbes, Stephanie Forbes, Krysta Forbes, Kelly Forbes;
special friends, Ralph Jones, Caprice Lewis and Mrs. Sophia and a host of relatives, lifelong friends and neighbors who deeply loved and will miss him.

No Public Viewing Memorial Service WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Saturday, October 5, 2019 4:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 120 W. Berkley Avenue Norfolk, VA 23523

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    Deacon Carolyn Hayes says

    A Giant in the Berkley Community will be missed by many family and friends.
    Clifton Hayes Sr. “Click” & Family🇺🇸 ARMY. Thank you Joe for your service.

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    Deborah Sawyer says

    Joe was a friendly and wonderful person. Always beat me at cards! He will be truly missed.

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    Rose Fuller says

    Rlp Joe. You will be truly missed.

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