Elige Wesley “Wes” Forbes
Published 2:24 pm Thursday, June 16, 2022
1942 – 2022
Elige Wesley Forbes was born on March 30, 1942 in Elizabethton, Tenn. He was the son of Florence Ann (Oxendine) and Will Forbes, residents of Elizabethton, Tenn. Wes passed away on May 7, 2022 in Orlando, Fla. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving sister, Joann Blankenship, and his brothers, Roy Forbes, Jack Forbes and Bill Forbes.
Wes graduated from Hampton High School, Class of 1960, in Hampton, Tenn. He was a member of the State Championship Basketball Team and was in charge of the Class of 1960 Scholarship Fund. He was also a member of the Sports Hall of Fame for his basketball skills during his high school years at Hampton High School.
After high school graduation Wes served four years in the United States Navy. Wes retired from Averitt Trucking Company where he was a maintenance director for many years.
Wes is survived by his loving wife, Linda M. Forbes; his two sons, Dr. Wesley Scott Forbes and wife Dr. Jennifer Forbes of Green Bay, Wis., and Bryan Forbes and wife Susan Forbes of Knoxville, Tenn. He is also survived by his sister, Edie Delp and husband Dr. Ray Delp of Panama City Beach, Fla.; his brother, Duane Forbes and wife Loretta Forbes of Elizabethton, Tenn.; his wonderful sister-in-law, Mary Forbes of Elizabethton, Tenn.; and by his grandchildren, Raegan Forbes and Matthew Forbes of Knoxville, Tenn.
A celebration of life for family and friends of Wes will be held Friday, June 24, at 6 p.m. at Hampton High School. In lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to honor Wes can make a donation in his name to the Class of 1960 Hampton High School Scholarship Fund, C/O Carl Robertson, 143 Garrison Hollow Road, Elizabethton, TN 37643. Wes would love this.