Mr. Forbes, age 83, of the Shop Springs community, passed away March 11, 2017 at the Pavilion.
At the time of his death, Mr. Forbes was the oldest living grandson of a Tennessee Civil War Confederate soldier. Mr. Forbes was a 1950 graduate of Watertown High School. He was a lifelong farmer and founder of the Shop Springs tomato stand, Shop Springs Farmer's Market, in 1963. He ran his roadside produce stand for 54 years before handing it over to a younger generation in 2015. He retired after 35 years with Tuckers Ham and Sausage Co. and was also a well-known food concessionnaire. He was in the food concession business for 66 years. He was a member of Bethel Greenwood Church of Christ for 72 years.
Born May 16, 1933, Sammie was the son of the late Ebb A. Forbes and Maude Merinda Tucker Forbes. He is also preceded in death by his wife, Edna Gannon Forbes; and sisters, Robbie Forbes, Margaret Forbes and Virginia Forbes Walsh.
He is survived by his daughters, Ginny (John) Laudeman, Cindy (Bart) Brown; son, Mike (Melinda) Forbes; close friend, Roy Sweet; grandchildren, Crystal (Thomas) Crockett Shields, Brittany (Blake) Crockett Waring, Kyle Forbes, Nick (Christy) Forbes, Hannah Forbes; great-grandchildren, Shepard Shields, Olivia Shields, Scarlet Shields, Crockett Waring, Troy Forbes, Carter Forbes, Eli Forbes, Brooklyn Forbes; nieces, Vicky Leanna Martell, Sandra (Roger) Kaiser; and cousins, Betty Ann Tucker Griffin, Peggy Tucker Watson, Ronnie Tucker, Sherrie Green, Kathy Green Lowery and Danice Green Purcell.
Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements, 615-444-7007, obituary line 615-444-7700, partlowchapel.com.