Tommy Lee Forbes was born on June 20, 1958 in Arcadia, Florida to Roy Forbes & Mary Hart Forbes. He lived with his parents in Gulfport, Mississippi until they moved to Portland, Oregon in 1960. He attended Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary and he went on to graduate from U.S. Grant High School in 1976.
Tommy was raised in the church and loved God. As a child with his family, he attended St. Paul C.O.G.I.C. under the leadership of the late Bishop J.C. Foster until his mother, the late Pastor Mary Overstreet established her church in 1965, Overstreet Powerhouse Temple C.O.G.I.C. in which he remained a faithful member until the Lord called him home. In 1984, his mother established a cable television ministry entitled "Harvest Time Ministry". For over 25 years, Tommy would be found video taping & recording all services aired. This is something he enjoyed doing and took pride in doing so. He continued this services up until his passing. You could find him around the Portland area video taping & recording church services and other events.
Beginning in 1970, Tommy took pleasure in assisting his mother with her annual "Clothes & Shoes” giveaway, “Back to School” backpack distribution to the kids in the community and of course the church Food Bank. The church food bank also allowed the church to provide Holiday Food Baskets to much needed families, church members and friends as well. It was nothing for him to go to the grocery store and bring back plenty of turkey's and hams to put in these food baskets. These types of things his mother left as apart of her legacy in which the entire family continues to uphold under the leadership of his younger sister. Tommy was employed as a Janitor for the Portland Public Schools for many years.
Tom as most would call him was a very kind, caring, and loving person. He would give you the shirt off his back. He enjoyed fishing, watching movies, attending concerts, travelling, dancing and simply listen to music. He really cherished quality time spent with family and close friends. Christmas was his favorite time of the year. He couldn't wait to play "Santa Claus”. He would load his car up with all types of gifts and head over to his sister, Precious house where the annual Christmas Day dinner would be held. He had gifts for anyone that would come through that door. He even had cash just to give to the kids as an extra bonus gift. He enjoyed seeing the smiles and hearing the laughter surrounding his family during this time and that is all he desired.
In his final days, Tom continued to smile and never complain. He chose to continue to thank God for his many blessings and for one more day. He truly loved everyone he encountered. Tommy was preceded in death by his mother Pastor Mary Overstreet, father Roy L. Forbes, Grandmother Rosena Hart, and grandfather John Hart Sr. brother Michael Forbes and great nephew Sir Millage.
He leaves to cherish his wonderful memory sisters: Anna Forbes, Phyllis Forbes, Marilyn Forbes & Rosetta Forbes aka Precious, brothers: Louis Overstreet, Alberta Overstreet, Robert Overstreet & Alvin Overstreet all of Phoenix, AZ. One God sister; Nadine Motem of Norwalk, CA. Along with a host of nephews & nieces, great nephews & nieces, uncles, aunts and loving friends.
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