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October 15, 2023


Norman "Craig" Forrest

April 3, 1956 - October 14, 2023

Norman "Craig" Forrest, a resident of Kentwood, LA, passed away on Saturday, October 14, 2023 at Richard Murphy Hospice House in Hammond, LA. He was born April 3, 1956 in Magnolia, MS and was 67 years of age. He was known by many as a talented musician who enjoyed singing and playing the guitar in Show Boat Band with his sister Kathy Dale and fellow musician friends for many years. In his teenage years, he enjoyed competing as a rider in Motor Cross and horse shows. Craig was a co-owner with his sister Kathy Dale and wife Pam of Forrest Hill Dairy for 34 years from 1984 until 2018.  Like his sister, he was no stranger to hard work and was always willing to help a friend or neighbor.  He has been in almost every field in the community either bailing hay or planting corn. While living the life of a dairy farmer, he also held a 32-year career as an insurance agent with Farm Bureau. Other passions he adored were hosting family & friends at his camp, Cheyenne Shack, where they ran trout lines and crab traps and sang karaoke. Once retired from the dairy and insurance agency, he enjoyed working on and with his John Deere tractors, spending his time as a beef farmer since 2018. Craig loved his family dearly and enjoyed following his son and daughter throughout their athletic careers.  He adored his four grandchildren as much as they loved him. Craig was a member of Spring Creek Baptist Church and the Masonic Lodge. 

He is survived by his wife, Pam Cook Forrest; son, Trent Forrest and wife, Macy; daughter, Traci Forrest Jennings and husband, Ryan; grandchildren, Connor and Kale Forrest and Parker and Peyton Jennings. 

Preceded in death by parents, Robert “Dale” Forrest and Catherine “Joyce” Blades Forrest; and a sister, Kathy Dale Forrest. 

There will be a celebration of life for family and friends on Tuesday, October 17, 2023 at Spring Creek Baptist Church from 8:00AM until religious services at 12:00PM. Services will be conducted by Dr. Danny Smith and interment will follow at Spring Creek Cemetery.  

Pallbearers are John Dyer, JoJo Norris, Tyler Trout, Brad Blades, Roy Blades, and Gerald Grice. Honorary pallbearers will be Forrest Blades, Denny Roy Strickland, Jimmy Ray Strickland, and Ken Rowley.  

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the Oncology Department at St. Tammany Parish Hospital, the Richard Murphy Hospice House in Hammond, and McKneely Funeral Home of Amite and Kentwood.  

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to Spring Creek Baptist Church or the Richard Murphy Hospice House.

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