Marshall Walter Forren, 79, of Louisa, Virginia, passed away on August 1, 2023. He was born on January 19, 1944, in Lewisburg, West Virginia, to the late Walter and Elizabeth Forren. For almost 50 years, Marshall was a beloved husband to Sue Forren and a loving father to their children.
He is survived by his sister, Wilma Kelly, his wife, Sue and their children Eddie (Tina), Stacey, and Douglas (Robin Spencer). Marshall adored his grandchildren, Savannah Forren and fiancé Tyler Pierce, Sydney Forren, Emilie Jackson, Natalie Forren, and Collin Spencer. He is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Marshall had some very special friends, among them Jim and Kelly Smith and Jeff Anderson. Jim took Marshall to UVa football games, and didn't mind the oh, so many late-night phone calls as they discussed the UVa basketball games. Jim and Kelly patiently took Marshall on many biking trips, even when he had to use a mobility scooter instead of a bike. And Jeff got a comprehensive education in NASCAR every weekend, catching up on "the chase" and who will win and, come Monday, who lost. And then there were the maple donuts...
Marshall was a faithful member of the Rugby Avenue Church of Christ for over 55 years. His deep-rooted connection to his church community brought him comfort and strength throughout his life. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and his cherished church family.
Marshall had a vibrant and outgoing personality. He never met a stranger and had a contagious laughter that brightened the lives of those around him. Marshall's warm and friendly nature made him beloved to all who knew him.
In his professional life, Marshall worked at Virginia Power, Frank Ix & Son, and at the University of Virginia Medical Center in the supply chain department. After many years of dedicated service at UVa, he retired from his position. Marshall's commitment to his work and his colleagues was exemplary.
Marshall had a passion for horses, owned a few over the years, and participated in several local horse shows. Then, as the children grew, Marshall fully engaged into activities with them. Marshall coached Eddie's little league team to a season championship. He was Cubmaster for both Eddie and Douglas, and later an assistant leader in their Boy Scout troop. Their camping weekends were always a good time. It was a very proud day when Eddie was awarded Eagle Scout.
And then, there was marching band. While Eddie, Stacey and Douglas all participated in the high school marching band activities and competitions, for 14 years Dad was right there loading and unloading instruments to transport a bit of everywhere. And, of course, leading the cheers!
All his life Marshall was a hunter. It didn't matter if that deer got away, as long as he was out there with his hunting buddy, Jim Ward. In his leisure time, when he wasn't hunting, Marshall developed a passion for NASCAR. He rarely missed a Sunday afternoon race and eagerly attended the races in Richmond twice a year. Marshall's enthusiasm for the sport was infectious, and he enjoyed discussing the races with fellow fans, as well as others who might not share his enthusiasm.
Marshall leaves behind a legacy of love, laughter, and kindness. His memory will forever live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved him.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Marshall's memory to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, Potter Children's Home in Bowling Green Kentucky, or Legacy Hospice, Charlottesville. These organizations held a special place in his heart, and donations in his honor would be greatly appreciated.
A celebration of life will be held Sunday, August 6, at 3:00 PM at the Rugby Avenue Church of Christ, located in Charlottesville. A family visitation will be held at the church 1 hour prior to the service.
Our thanks to Teague Funeral Home for assisting the family with the arrangements.