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June 01, 2021


Arnold Lee (Molly) Forbes, Jr.

December 29, 1961 - May 26, 2021

The end of this life is the beginning of a new life far better, far sweeter, without pain, sickness, sorrow, hurt and most of all no more suffering.  To everything there is a reason and a time to every purpose under the heaven a time to weep and a time of war and truly there has been war.  I can’t fight anymore battles.  I’m tired, it’s time to take my rest. 

Arnold Lee (Molly) Forbes, Jr., age 59 and of Bogalusa surrounded by his family departed life from this world of sin, sorrow, and pain to a place of eternal rest on May 26, 2021.    

Arnold was one of 14 siblings born December 29, 1961 in Bogalusa, Louisiana to the late Arnold Lee Forbes, Sr. and his mother, Celia Bell Brown Forbes.  He graduated from Bogalusa High School in 1980.   He was with the US Army Reserve from September 18, 1984 to April 25, 1986.  During that time he served his country on active duty in the United States Army from March 6, 1985 to August 23, 1985. 

Arnold was in poor health for 18 years but never complained.  He bore his illness patiently and would often try to make members of the family feel that he was not suffering.  He chose to tell the Lord about his suffering.  His favorite line was “Thank you Jesus” and Ooooooohhhhh and Yeah, Yeah, Yeah Yeah.  Arnold was a diehard Dallas Cowboys fan.  Molly will be remembered for his love and concern for people and devotion to his community and lifelong friends.

Left in God’s care to cherish his memories are his sons Rego Woodson of Durham, North Carolina and Antonio Forbes of Seattle, Washington; daughter, Ora Forbes of Seattle Washington; mother Celia Bell Forbes of Bogalusa, Louisiana; sisters Patricia Gibson , Sandra Cooley, Pamela Forbes, Lenelva (Byron) Tyner, Carol Varnado, Martha Forbes and Shawanda (Brian) Mingo of Bogalusa, Louisiana; brothers, John Forbes of Bogalusa, Louisiana, Brigade Command Sergeant Major (Retired) Oliver (Cynthia) Forbes of Pearland, Texas; Charles (Sandra) Forbes  and Jeffrey (Melinda) Forbes of Bogalusa, Louisiana; Aunt Corrine Watson of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, sister in law Shirley Forbes of Houston, Texas; special nephew Jeffrey (Lil Jeff) Forbes Jr of Seattle Washington; a host of  nieces, nephews, cousins and other family members; brother from another mother Donald (Patricia) Lewis of Bogalusa Louisiana and family friends.

He was preceded in death by his son, Arnold Valentino Forbes III; father, Arnold Lee Forbes Sr; brother, Jimmy Lee (Thigh) Forbes; sister, Ora Lee Gatlin Bell; paternal grandparents Oliver and Martha Forbes; maternal grandparents Jim and Isabel Brown; brother in laws Larry Gatlin, Daniel Gibson, Milton Bell, and Donald Ray Varnado; seven uncles and seven aunts.

Friends and family are invited to the drive by visitation on Friday, June 4, 2021 from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the Crain and Sons Funeral Home in Bogalusa, Louisiana.  Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 5, 2021 in the chapel of Crain and Sons Funeral Home, 809 East 3rd Street in Bogalusa, Louisiana with Reverend Christopher Matthews officiating.  Interment will follow in the veterans section at Bogalusa Cemetery. 

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