February 12, 2022, 83, Goldsboro –
Harold “Hal” Andrew Forrester, Sr. SMSgt (Ret.) passed away on February 12, 2022, at the North Carolina State Veterans Home in Kinston. He was 83 years old. Hal was born in Asheville, NC to the late Ray and June Forrester. He graduated from Biltmore High School in 1957. Upon graduating, Hal continued his service to his country as a member of the NC Army National Guard by enlisting in the US Air Force. He served his country for 24 years, retiring in 1980. Hal was a founding partner of Carolina Phone & Alarms, Inc where he spent 20 years servicing the security needs of Eastern North Carolina. During this time, he also earned an associate degree from Mount Olive College. Upon retiring, he spent time mastering his talents as an excellent craftsman, woodworker, and carpenter. Hal was an active member and past president of the Goldsboro Kiwanis Club. He spent many weekends volunteering at the Herman Park miniature train that supports local youth organizations in the community. In his free time, he loved watching sports, particularly football, baseball, golf, and NASCAR.
In addition to his parents, Hal was preceded in death by his son Greg Forrester; his brother Billy Grant Forrester; and sister Gloria Ann Richardson. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Skip Forrester; sister Sandra Allen of Fuquay-Varina; daughter Tammy Strickland of Knightdale; son and daughter-in-law, Andy and Tammy Forrester of Goldsboro; bonus daughter, Denise Bagley Cooper of Goldsboro; granddaughter Dr. Sarah Myers (Drew) of Knightdale; granddaughter Anne Marie Strickland of Atlanta, GA; grandson Grant Forrester (Lexi) of Wilmington; Jacob Forrester (Samantha) of Jacksonville; and Noah Forrester of Goldsboro. Hal is also survived by three great grandchildren: Elliot and Sophia Forrester, and his namesake, Hallie Drew Myers.
A celebration of Hal’s life will be held on Friday, February 18th at 10:00 am at New Hope Church, 200 E. New Hope Road, Goldsboro, officiated by Pastor Steve Wellman. Visitation will be held from 9:30 am – 10:00 am before the service and 11:00 am – 11:30 am following the service in the church fellowship hall. Military Funeral Honors Ceremony will take place at 12:00 pm at the NC Veterans Cemetery. Funeral arrangements by Seymour Funeral Home, 1300 Wayne Memorial Drive, Goldsboro.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials can be made in his memory to:
New Hope Church
Pruitt Health Care Foundation
Goldsboro Kiwanis Club
The family would like to thank the Pruitt care staff for their compassionate, loving care and support to Hal and his family.