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Forrest Marshall Michael
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Birth: May 27, 1922
Death: May 12, 2014

Husband of Sara Teresa Beck.

Father of Mary and Gary.

MICHAEL, Forrest

Posted: Friday, June 6, 2014 11:30 pm

MICHAEL LEXINGTON Forrest Marshall Michael May 27, 1922 - May 12, 2014 Forrest Marshall Michael, 91, peacefully passed away on May 12, 2014 after a brief period of declining health. The funeral was conducted by Reverend Henry Watterson on Thursday, May 15 at Reeds Baptist Church at 11:00 a.m., with graveside honors presented by Davidson County Fireman's Association Honor Guard. He was born on May 27, 1922 to the late Randall Marshall Michael and Callie Sue Leonard Michael. Forrest was a graduate of Reeds School, was drafted into the US Army, attended Signal Corp School, and was stationed in Iceland during WWII. He was honorably discharged from the Army on December 24, 1945. He was a mechanic at Davis Chevrolet retiring after 41 years of service. He was a lifetime member of Reeds Baptist Church, serving as an usher for 67 years, Building Fund Treasurer for 44 years, was the current Cemetery Administrator with 50 years' service, a Deacon for 15 years, a Trustee, and a member of the TEL Sunday School class. In the 1960's, he served as Director and Treasurer of Reeds Telephone Corporation, was a charter member of Reeds Fire Department, retiring as chief in 1975, and later serving on the Board of Directors as Treasurer. Forrest was a charter member of the Reeds American Legion Post 162. He was a founding member of the North Carolina Numismatic Association, serving as Director for 29 years, and a founding member of the Blue Ridge Numismatic Association. Forrest was also a member of the American Numismatic Association, and South Carolina Numismatic Association. He was a founding member of Eagle Coin Club in Lexington, and an active member of the Winston-Salem, Salisbury, and Statesville Coin Clubs. Forrest was known as the Christmas Coin Man, handing out Christmas coins for 55 years. If you were so fortunate to be given one of these coins, you will always be his friend. He was still licensed as an Auctioneer and successfully operated Forrest Michael Auction and Realty for 45 years. Forrest was honored to take several mission trips to Brazil sponsored by the Southern Baptist Association. He was privileged to participate in the Triad Flight of Honor with WWII veterans to tour Washington, D.C. He was married to the love of his life, Tessie Beck on November 30, 1943, who preceded him in death on June 10, 2007. Also preceding him in death were his sister, Geneva Snider and brother, Flynn Michael. He is survived by two children, daughter, Mary Sue, son-in-law Roger Hedrick, son, Gary, and daughter-in-law, Cynthia. Forrest also had three grandchildren whom he loved dearly, Regina and her husband Kenneth Spach of Lexington, N.C.; Kevin Hedrick and his wife Melissa of Ruby, S.C., and Leah and her husband Steve Leonard of Lexington, N.C. Always making him proud are his five great grandchildren, Erika Spach, Brandon Sikes, Cheyenne Hedrick, and Claire and Ava Quinn Leonard. He is also survived by sisters Jeanette Shoaf and Connie Forrest of Lexington, and sisters-in-law Rachel Logan, and her husband Ralph of High Point and Bess Beck of Carthage, and numerous nieces and nephews who loved to listen to his stories of times past. The family requests memorials may be made to Reeds Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 180 Reeds Baptist Church Road, Lexington, North Carolina 27295, or to Hospice of Davidson County, P.O. Box 1941, Lexington, N.C. 27293. The family would to thank Dr. Randy Long and staff for their continued care of Forrest for many years. Additional thanks to Lexington Medical Center Emergency Department, Wake Forest Baptist Health Intensive Care, and Alston Brook for their recent loving care. Online Condolences may be made at

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  Sara Teresa Beck Michael (1923 - 2007)
Note: No other date given as of 04-2009.
Reeds Baptist Church Cemetery
Reeds Crossroads
Davidson County
North Carolina, USA
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Record added: Jun 30, 2008
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Forrest Marshall Michael
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Forrest Marshall Michael
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