Robert Forrest Cavenaugh of Wallace passed from this earthly life in the early morning of Tuesday, May 2, 2018 while at home surrounded by family. He was born on March 26, 1950 in Rose Hill, North Carolina to Susan Pricilla Dickerson Cavenaugh and the late Richard Lee Cavenaugh.
Survivors include his wife--Gail Matthews Cavenaugh; children--Michelle C. Blanchard and her husband Edwin, Amie Cavenaugh-Eakins and her husband George all of Wallace, North Carolina; grandchildren--Johnson C. Blanchard of Yuma, Arizona and Georgia Forrest Cavenaugh-Eakins of Wallace; sisters--Sherry Lane Coombs and her husband Elwood of Wallace, Beth C. Fussell and her husband Bo of Surf City.
After high school, a career in the poultry industry was in his future as a service manager, which occupied his entire work life. The old saying "in order to have friends, one must show himself friendly" definitely applied to Forrest because he has a "ton of friends". This was manifested in the large amount of visitors he had during his declining health, whether in the health facilities in Greenville, NC or at home in Wallace. Earlier in life, spare time was occupied by watching NASCAR racing, surf fishing or in collecting skillets and cleavers. He took great delight in keeping his lawn in immaculate condition, partly due to the tremendous pleasure he had in mowing. Most of us do this as a chore but he did it as a pleasure. Cooking for others was another of his pleasures which was enjoyed by all those fortunate enough to be in his company. Enjoyment of food made him an excellent cook and his love of music was defined by "Elvis" and Johnny Cash. He has tremendous love for the entire family but the grandchildren stand out in this affection. There are a great many people in this world who will truly have a void caused by the loss of such a wonderful and kind person as Forrest. Flowers are welcome or contributions may be made in memory of Forrest to the American Cancer Society--McConnell-Rabb Hope Lodge, 930 Wellness Drive, Greenville, North Carolina 27834
Graveside services will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, May 5, 2018 at Rockfish Memorial Cemetery. Officiating will be Dr. Alan Thompson and Rev. Scott Kennedy. A celebration of life will be held after the service at the home of George and Amie Eakins, 423 East Westbrook St., Wallace, NC. One may share memories or send condolences to the family by selecting our "Guestbook" on our website. A Padgett Funeral & Cremation Service.
Rockfish Memorial Cemetery
Saturday May 5th, 2018
6270 nc hwy 41
wallace, NC 28466
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Mrs. Gail and family, Mr. Forrest was such a special person!! I am very blessed to have the pleasure of knowing him!! I pray God will continue to give you strength and comfort in the days ahead!!-Kelly
Submitted by Kelly Carter Hunter on Jun 10 2018 12:09:38 PM
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The community has lost a great person. We are so sorry for your loss. We hold a lot of good memories of the time we spent with Forest. and family.May the memoires of Forest's love for each of you be with you and comfort you at this time and in the days and weeks to come. Rest in Peace Forest. We love you all.
Submitted by Billy and Barbara O Jones on May 8 2018 10:14:22 PM
So sorry to hear about Mr. Forrest. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Submitted by Susan Casteen Wallace & Family on May 7 2018 02:42:29 PM
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Gail, your Sunday School class has been and will continue to pray for you and your family. Remember, God loves you and so do we.
Submitted by Janet Walker on May 5 2018 09:37:04 AM
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