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August 03, 2021


Charles Anthony Forbes

July 10, 1960 - July 29, 2021

Charles Anthony Forbes, Sr., age 61 and of Bogalusa, LA., departed this life at St. Tammany Parish Hospital on July 29, 2021.

Charles was one of 14 siblings born July 10, 1960 in Bogalusa, LA to Celia Bell Brown Forbes and the late Arnold Lee Forbes Sr. He graduated from Bogalusa High School in 1979 and joined the U. S. Army.  Charles worked numerous jobs after the military up until his retirement from Sears in Bogalusa.

He leaves to cherish his memories and love, his wife of 38 years, Sandra McCray Forbes; one daughter La’Keshia Forbes; a special daughter; Courtney Matthews of Bogalusa, LA; a son he raised, Brandon Forbes of Bogalusa, LA; his mother, Celia Bell Forbes of Bogalusa, LA; grandchildren: Chas Smith, T’naj Forbes, Tajdryn Forbes, Damarri James, unborn baby girl of Bogalusa, LA; Xiren James of Forney, TX; Chasity Forbes of Slidell, LA; great grandson Amier Forbes of Bogalusa, LA; sisters: Patricia Gibson, Sandra Cooley, Pamela Forbes, Lenelva (Byron) Tyner, Carol Varnado, Martha Forbes, and Shawanda (Brian) Mingo of Bogalusa, LA; brothers: Oliver (Cynthia) Forbes of Pearland, TX,  John  Forbes and Jeffrey Forbes of Bogalusa, LA; Aunt Corrine Watson of Milwaukee, WI, mother-in-law and father-in-law: Mr. Willie (Beris) McCray, Sr. of Bogalusa, LA; sisters-in-law: Shirley Forbes of Houston, TX, Sharmika (Justin) Godbolt of Bogalusa, LA; brothers-in-law: Kenneth (Kimberly) McCray, Sr. of Arlington, TX, Darrick McCray of Bogalusa, LA and Roderick (Kendrell) McCray of Abita Springs, LA; special brother Donald (Patricia) Lewis of Bogalusa, LA; special best friend: Toriana Peters of Bogalusa, LA. A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other family members.

He was preceded in death by his son, Charles “Hubba” Forbes, Jr.; father: Arnold Lee Forbes, Sr.; brother: Jimmy Lee “Thigh” Forbes and Arnold Lee Forbes, Jr.; sister Ora Lee Gatlin Bell; paternal grandparents: Oliver and Martha Forbes; maternal grandparents: Jim and Isabell Brown; seven uncles and seven aunts; brothers-in-law; Larry Gatlin, Daniel Gibson, Milton Bell, Donald Ray Varnado, and Willie McCray, Jr.

Drive through viewing will be Friday, August 6, from 4pm – 6 pm at Crain and Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service will be Saturday, August 7, 2pm at Sweet Beulah Baptist Church.

Interment will be at the Bogalusa Cemetery.

Crain and Sons Funeral Home in Bogalusa is in charge of arrangements.

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