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Forrest Delane Stokes

1926 - 2023

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Obituary of Forrest Delane Stokes

Born in DeKalb, Mississippi on September 28, 1926, to Irene and John Thomas Stokes. Forrest’s family included a sister, Clarke Jean Harbin and his brother, John Parker Stokes. As soon as he turned 18, he joined the Navy and with only 2 months of basic training, he was sent off into World War II in the Pacific theater, where he served until the spring of 1946. From there we ended up at Mount Juliet High School as a teacher and coach, where he met his future wife, Jean Parrish. They were wed on June 24, 1950, in Tennessee. Forrest got a job with the Public Health Services in the federal government, and it wasn’t long before Jean became pregnant and she gave birth to their first child, Susan in June of 1951 followed quickly with Mike in July of 1952. Soon after Mike’s birth, Forrest was transferred to Lansing, Michigan for a short stint and then on to Dover, Delaware, where Jean gave birth to her last child, Melissa in May of 1957. Another move to brought them to Frankford, Kentucky. One more move in 1967 brought Forrest and the family to their final home in Dallas.

He passed on quietly in his sleep on the morning of July 21st, leaving behind Susan Gaston, who has been living in Dallas with Daniel Nelson taking care of Forrest and grandson Jason Austin with his wife Jaimie living in Austin with grandkids Ethan and Miles.
His son, Mike Stokes living in Decatur with his wife Leslie and grandchildren Michael Michelle and Kamon.
His daughter, Melissa, living in Mesquite with grandchildren Brandon and his wife Autumn, and grandkids Brooke & Luke, Preston in Chicago and his wife Rachel and grandkids Lainey Belle, Maisie Jo and Callie June and Allison in Dallas with now fiancée Gerry Hendrex.

Forrest Delane Stokes … know that we love you, we miss you and most importantly, you will not be forgotten.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Grew up in Gallatin as a neighbor ond friend. My earliest memory is playing with Susan, we were both in diapers.

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    Joe Donald (Don) Shrum

    Forrest's Friend

    Monday September 25, 2023

    My prayers are with your family

    Grew up in Gallatin as a neighbor ond friend. My earliest memory is playing with Susan, we were both in diapers.

  2. Anonymous says:

    The World has lost an incredible man. I have known Forrest for a number of years and always looked forward to seeing him and hearing his life stories. I am certainly blessed to have known him and to have had him as a friend.

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    Gary Roberts

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    Wednesday August 2, 2023

    My condolence to Susan and all of the family

    The World has lost an incredible man. I have known Forrest for a number of years and always looked forward to seeing him and hearing his life stories. I am certainly blessed to have known him and to have had him as a friend.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Sending prayers of comfort, hugs and love to the Stokes family.

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    Jeanette Smiecinski

    Forrest's Friend

    Friday July 28, 2023

    Prayers of comfort for the loss of Forrest Delane Stokes

    Sending prayers of comfort, hugs and love to the Stokes family.

3 thoughts on “Forrest Delane Stokes”

  1. Grew up in Gallatin as a neighbor ond friend. My earliest memory is playing with Susan, we were both in diapers.

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    Joe Donald (Don) Shrum

    Forrest's Friend

    Monday September 25, 2023

    My prayers are with your family

    Grew up in Gallatin as a neighbor ond friend. My earliest memory is playing with Susan, we were both in diapers.

  2. The World has lost an incredible man. I have known Forrest for a number of years and always looked forward to seeing him and hearing his life stories. I am certainly blessed to have known him and to have had him as a friend.

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    Gary Roberts

    Forrest's Friend

    Wednesday August 2, 2023

    My condolence to Susan and all of the family

    The World has lost an incredible man. I have known Forrest for a number of years and always looked forward to seeing him and hearing his life stories. I am certainly blessed to have known him and to have had him as a friend.

  3. Sending prayers of comfort, hugs and love to the Stokes family.

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    Jeanette Smiecinski

    Forrest's Friend

    Friday July 28, 2023

    Prayers of comfort for the loss of Forrest Delane Stokes

    Sending prayers of comfort, hugs and love to the Stokes family.

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Thursday

03

Aug

graveside service

start time:

9:00 am

Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery

2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, Texas 75211

2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, Texas 75211