James Arthur 'Little Black' Forge Sr.
The angelic hosts came for James Arthur “Little Black” Forge Sr., 94, on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 in Parkview Regional Hospital, among loving family and devoted friends.
A viewing will be held Friday, Jan. 31, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe St. in Teague. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Wayne Williams, pastor of Kingdom Fellowship Bible Church in Teague officiating. Interment will follow at Grove Island Cemetery in Teague.
James Arthur Forge Sr. was born May 5, 1919 to the parentage of George Forge and Vera Williams Forge in Freestone County. He grew up in Freestone County and attended Furney Richardson public schools. He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Odessa, and helped build many churches in Odessa.
James married Ruby Lee Steen and four children were born to this union: Annie Earl Forge, James Arthur Forge Jr. Mary Magdalene Reese, and an infant child who died at birth. In 1949, Forge married Juanita Scott Forge in Vernon and this union lasted 43 years.
James was a farmer in Freestone County. He was also a truck driver for Acme Brick Co. in Midland, and retired after 30 years. He enjoyed talking about hauling bricks from Teague to Midland to build churches.
His hobbies were fishing, baseball, camping, cleaning his trucks, walking, eating and singing gospel songs. James moved back to Freestone County in 2007 to be close to his family.
Everyone who knew him called him “Granddaddy.” He’ll best be remembered for his smile.
Preceding him in death are three children, Annie Pearl Forge, James Arthur Forge Jr. and an infant daughter; his wife, Juanita Forge; two brothers; and three sisters: Georgia Mae Forge, Vera Forge and Banita Forge.
Those left to cherish his memory most are his daughter, Mary Magdalene Reese of Fort Worth; grandchildren, Gregory Redic and wife Kella of Teague, Jacqueline Carr and husband Fred of Mexia, Scott Redic, Osburn Redic, Victor Forge, Stephanie Forge and Harold Banks, all of Dallas; and Perry Banks of New Orleans; special friend Hattie Mae Gilmore of Odessa; many great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, and host of family and friends.
Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home is serving the family of James Arthur Forge Sr. Visit mooresangelicfuneralhome.com to sign the guest book and light a candle.