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Obituary (LA): Henry Payne Forbes '49

Posted on 06/18/2018

Henry Payne Forbes

H.P. Forbes died peacefully at his home on May 22nd, 2018 at the age of 91.He was born in Hammond on May 19, 1927 to Harold and Marie Mitchell Forbes. H.P. graduated from Culver Military Academy in 1945 and went on to the Naval Academy, where he graduated in 1949. After graduation, he served five years in the US Navy as a captain of minesweepers, the Osprey and the Swallow. He retired from active service in 1954 and returned to Hammond where he was proprietor of Forbes Furniture, Inc. Forbes served in the Louisiana Air National Guard until his retirement as a Colonel.He was active in civic engagements including the Hammond Airport Authority, the Town & Gown players, the Downtown Historic District, Jaycees, Rotary, Kiwanis Club and more. He was a private pilot, an avid cook, an amateur radio operator (KC5KJ), and a lay minister and elder with the First Presbyterian Church of Hammond. After retiring from the furniture business, H.P. earned an Associate's degree at Southeastern Louisiana University in Computer Science and worked at the Hammond State School to computerize their office management system. Following the death of his first wife, Nancy Cartwright, in 2002, H.P. married Patricia Heleniak. H.P. is preceded in death by his parents, Harold Arla Forbes and Sarah Marie Mitchell. He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Patricia J. Forbes, and his sisters, Dorothy Davis and Faye Klumpp; daughter Cary Rebecca Forbes Arnold (Ritter), son Harold Cartwright Forbes (Katherine), daughter Courtney Forbes (Steve Heizer), stepchildren Catherine Heleniak Tijerino (Roger) and Richard Joseph Heleniak (Heather). Additional family members include eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Forbes donated his body to the Bureau of Anatomical Services. A memorial service will be held July 7 at 3 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Hammond. The family wishes to thank Louisiana Hospice and Palliative Care, and all family and friends who provided loving care at his death. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church Building Fund or Options (Aid to the Handicapped) at 19362 W. Shelton Rd, Hammond -- (985) 345-6269.