Former Miami, Okla., resident, Forest Cam Terry, of Grove, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2008, at Grove General Hospital. He was 88 years old.
Forest was born Feb. 9, 1920, in Grove, Okla., to Forest and May (Johnson) Terry. He was a graduate of Grove High School, class of 1938. He attended Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Miami, graduating in 1940; Lowry Air Force Base Air Craft Armor Training School, graduating in 1942, and Spartan School of Aeronautics of Tulsa, graduating in 1949. He received his commercial pilot license and flight instructor license to teach both twin engine and single engine sea planes.
Forest enlisted in the United States Air Force on Aug. 16, 1941. He served four years and was trained in aircraft armor maintenance. He proudly served during World War II and was honorably discharge on Sept. 12, 1945.
Forest resided in Fairland from 1952 until 1976. He then moved to Miami where he remained until December of 2007, relocating to Grove.
He was active with the Northeastern Military Burial Detail since 1987, serving as chaplain. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion where he also served as chaplain as well as the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Miami, Okla. He was a member of the Forty and Eight Chef De Guar and a member of the Hudson Creek Baptist Church.
Forest was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Twyla May Lacey, who died on Aug. 7, 1947.
He is survived by a special friend, Faye Bloomer of Grove; one son, Bill Terry and his wife Sheila of Fairland, Okla.; two daughters, Charlotte Searcy and Carol Duffell, both of Miami, Okla.; five grandsons, Christopher Stone of Tulsa, Jon Paul Stone of Iowa, Russell and Adam Cooper and Ryan Duffell, all of Miami; four granddaughters, Amanda Nichols of Claremore, Jeri Renee Hiltzman of Cushing, Okla., Miranda Jones of Fairland and Cami Duffell of Miami; 11 great grandchildren and a host of friends.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 18, 2008, at Hudson Creek Baptist Church with pastor Jim Drake and the Rev. Harold Neal assisting.
Serving as pallbearers will be Mark Clift, Frank Tipton, Bob Detherage, Jayne McCarty, M.H. Dake, Morris Merit and Glen Thomure. Honorary pallbearers will be Richard McCarty, Linda Jackson, Billy Hanna and Ty Cobb.
Interment will be at Buzzard Cemetery in Grove, Okla. Military rites will be conducted by the American Legion Post 147, Veterans Funeral Detail.
The body will lay in repose at the Thomas Funeral Home in Welch, Okla., and will be moved to the Adcock Funeral Home of Fairland Saturday morning and will remain until service time on Monday.
Services under the direction of Jim Thomas, Thomas Funeral Home of Welch, Okla.