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Byron McKinney Forbus, 84, of Paducah

 

obit14PADUCAH, KY - Byron McKinney Forbus, 84, of Paducah, passed away Monday, December 26, at Oakview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Byron was born June 15, 1927, in Auburn, Alabama, to his parents Wiley McKinney and Robbie Jewell Smith Forbus. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Paducah, and was a retired pharmacist. Byron graduated from Auburn High School in 1945; he was Number 12 on the Auburn High School Football Team for 3 years. Byron enjoyed Boy Scouts of America and became an Eagle Scout at the age of 15. He later served as a Scoutmaster of Boy Scouts of America. He served his country as a dental technician in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Byron then attended Alabama Agricultural & Mechanical University, now Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, and graduated in December 1950, with a B.S. degree in Pharmacy. All who knew Byron were aware of his love for his alma mater. He not only was an avid sports fan of any athletic event in which Auburn participated, but he was just as avid about academics. You could pick him out in an athletic event crowd - and sometimes in any gathering, when you heard him yell “War Eagle.” For more
than seven years, Byron provided his family with trips to the Southeastern Conference Basketball Tournaments. He was a lifetime member of the Auburn University Alumni Association. When Byron moved to Kentucky in the 1950s, he learned to love University of Kentucky basketball. His first job was with Walgreen Drugs in Durham, North Carolina. His career with Walgreens included positions in Louisville and Paducah, Kentucky, and Nashville, and Clarksville, Tennessee.

In the mid-1960s, Byron moved to Murray, Kentucky, and partnered with another pharmacist to establish Uncle Jeff’s Pharmacy. He later became the sole owner/pharmacist of Byron’s Safe-T Discount Pharmacy and Byron’s Pharmacy, until 1988. He worked as a relief pharmacist in Auburn, Alabama from 1988 until 1992, when he moved to Paducah, Kentucky. Byron established Medicap Pharmacy in the Lone Oak Area until 2000, then worked as a relief pharmacist for various CVS pharmacies in Western Kentucky until his retirement in 2005. Byron has been a member of pharmacy associations in North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, and Kentucky. He was an active member of Lions’ Clubs in Murray, and Lone Oak, Kentucky and in Auburn, Alabama.

In 1988, Byron married Levicie Murphy Zambella, and moved to Auburn, Alabama, where they enjoyed Auburn University sports for four years before moving to Paducah. Byron became stepfather to Lester Ashley, Tony, Carl, and Tommy Zambella. He subsequently became lovingly known as “Papa” to Brandon and Nancy Ashley; Candice, Jacob, and Neemia Zambella. With his wife, Levicie at his side, Byron enjoyed traveling to visit family and friends as well as traveling extensively in the U.S. and several foreign countries to see the beautiful scenery that God provided.

Byron is survived by his wife of 23 years, Levicie Murphy Forbus; sons, Lester Ashley, Paducah, Tony Zambella (Beth) Zambella, Williamsburg, Virginia, Carl (Alberta) Zambella, Louisville, and Thomas (Heather) Zambella, Lanesville, Indiana; three sisters, Mary Cecil Forbus, Gulfport, Mississippi, Carol Forbus (Gene)Hatcher, Greenville, South Carolina, and Martha Forbus (Donald) Marcus of Slidell, Louisiana; eight grandchildren, Nancy Ashley, Louisville, Kentucky, Brandon Ashley, Paducah, Candice, Jacob, and Neemiah Zambella, Lanesville, Indiana, Missy Dotson and Tony (Katie) Englert, of Paducah; and Shannon (Jared) Radosovich, Gallatin, Tennessee. Byron is also survived by two daughters, Ann (Jerome) Mansfield, Paducah; and Ruth (Kevin) Smith of Atlanta, Georgia; and two great granddaughters Ava Gean Englert, Paducah, and Zoe Rebecca Smith, Gallatin, Tennessee. His beloved poodle, Rusty, and special family friend, Dusty Alexander, who will preside over the flag presentation ceremony, also survive him.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his infant sister, Ann Janette Forbus.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 7 at Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Paducah with Dr. Jerrell White officiating. Memorial visitation will begin at noon. An honor guard will be conducted by Patriot Guard Riders. Contributions may be made to Auburn University Foundation, in memory of Byron Forbus, 317 South College Street, Auburn, AL 36849 or Lourdes Hospice, PO Box 7100, Paducah, KY 42002-7100. You may leave a message of sympathy or light a memorial candle at www.milnerandorr.com.

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