MEXIA - Eugene V. Forsythe, 88, passed away April 19, 2010 in Waco.

Funeral services were held April 24 at First United Methodist Church in Mexia with Rev. Brad Brittain officiating. Graveside services were held in Hico.

Forsythe was born Feb. 17, 1922, five miles southeast of Glen Rose in the Rock Creek community to Clayton and Ara (Hudgins) Forsythe. He grew up on a farm and walked five miles to town to attend school. He graduated from Glen Rose High School.

Forsythe enlisted in the U.S. Air Force because he said if he did not enlist, he would have been drafted into the U.S. Army. But he preferred to fly than walk.

He served his country as a pilot in the Air Force from October 1942 to May 1950. Forsythe was a First Lieutenant with the 27th Fighter Group. During and after the war he piloted around 2,300 flying hours. During the war he piloted the B-24, B-25 and P-51 from Aden, Arabia, into Karachi, Pakistan. He also transported materials into Libya after the war ended with Japan. While serving in the military he met and married his wife, Caroline.

Forsythe graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1955 with a degree in civil engineering. He worked for the Texas Department of Transportation in Waco and Limestone County. After retiring as resident engineer of Limestone County he was active in city government in Mexia where he served on the city council as a city commissioner, mayor pro-tem and mayor.

Forsythe referred to himself as a “country boy” and enjoyed hunting for birds such as dove, quail and pheasant. He was a sports enthusiast and especially enjoyed rooting for the Texas Longhorns during football season.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Caroline, in 2002; his parents; his brothers Doyle and Dewey Forsythe; and his sisters Pearl Hawkins, Callie Hawkins and Latha Keenum.

Survivors are son Robert Forsythe and daughter Jane Lacy, both of Houston; grandchildren Jay Forsythe, Laura Forsythe Browning and husband, Rob, Sara Lacy Nuschler and husband, Gary, John Lacy and wife, Keiko, and Mary Lacy.

Pallbearers were Jay Forsythe, Capt. Robert Browning, John Lacy and Gary Nuschler. Honorary pallbearers were W.N. Stone and Tommy Vaughn.

Forsythe was greatly loved by friends and family and will be sorely missed. Memorials may be made to Gibbs Memorial Library, 305 E. Rusk, Mexia, TX 76667 and the Mexia Academic Sweater program, P.O. Box 534, Mexia, TX 76667.

Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home handled arrangements.

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Published May 12, 2010

Glen Rose Reporter