Jack Stanley Forlines, 80, of Clayton, NC, passed away Wednesday, May 15, 2013, following a two-year battle with cancer.
A memorial service will be held Monday at 11am at Garner Free Will Baptist Church, 1133 Benson Rd., Garner, NC 27529, followed by a reception in the church fellowship hall. A funeral service will be held Tuesday at 11am at Winterville Free Will Baptist Church, 489 Cooper St., Winterville, NC 28590, following a burial at Winterville Cemetery. The visitation will be held Monday at Wilkerson Funeral Home, 2100 E. 5th St, Greenville from 6 to 8 pm.
Born on January 30, 1933, in Pitt County, NC, he was the son of John Leroy and Leta Manning Forlines. He graduated from Winterville High School in 1951 and East Carolina University with a bachelor’s degree in Math in 1956.
Mr. Forlines joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 1956. Over a 38-year long career, he worked in the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS) of the USDA in Warren, Halifax, and Onslow Counties, as well as, in the NC State Office for ASCS in Raleigh and National Headquarters in Washington, DC. From March 1989 until his retirement in January 1994, he served as the Deputy Director of the Tobacco and Peanuts Division in Washington, DC.
Mr. Forlines was a faithful member of Garner Free Will Baptist Church and he served as Deacon and Treasurer in Free Will Baptist Churches in NC and Virginia. He served as moderator for the NC Association of Free Will Baptists from 1971 to 1973, the only layman to serve in that capacity to date.
Mr. Forlines had a love for automobiles, particularly Chryslers. He enjoyed traveling by car to visit friends and relatives. His travels took him to all 50 states and to the many reunions he planned for family, high school classmates, hometown friends, and former co-workers.
He was preceded in death by his great-grandson, Jonathan M. Buchanan; and two sisters, Elsie F. Cole and Mattie Francis F. Langley.
Mr. Forlines is survived by his loving and caring wife of 58 years, Lottie Mae Stephens; and their children, Ronda F. Buchanan and husband, Jim, of Hillsborough, Myra D. Forlines, of Clayton, John S. Forlines and wife, Janet, of Washington, DC, and Veda L. Peters and husband, Bill, of Kill Devil Hills; eight grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and six step-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Christine F. Stocks, of Durham, brother, Rev. Leroy Forlines and wife, Fay, of Nashville, TN; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Welch College (formerly known as Free Will Baptist Bible College), 3606 West End Ave., Nashville, TN 37205 or Winterville Historical and Arts Society, PO Box 2014, Winterville, NC 28590.
The family expresses gratitude to the loving and dedicated caregivers from Liberty Home Care and Hospice Services.
Online condolences at www.wilkersonfuneralhome.com