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Virginia Allene FORBIS[1]

Female 1921 - 2007  (86 years)


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  • Name Virginia Allene FORBIS 
    Born 9 Jun 1921  [1
    Gender Female 
    Died 11 Nov 2007  [1
    Person ID I1714  Prichard - Thompson Genealogy
    Last Modified 14 Aug 2009 

    Family John Will SIMONTON, Jr.,   b. 15 Nov 1918,   d. 29 May 2008  (Age 89 years) 
    Married 23 Jun 1944  [1
    Children 
     1. Joseph Forbis SIMONTON,   b. 1 Apr 1949,   d. 15 Nov 1973  (Age 24 years)
    Family ID F492  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • VIRGINIA FORBIS SIMONTON, a descendant of the earlier settlers of Shelby, Tipton and Carroll counties, was born in Memphis on June 9, 1921 to Joseph McLeskey and Allene Walker Forbis. A graduate of Memphis Central High, she attended Bethel College and was a graduate from Memphis State University where she was an officer in Alpha Beta Pi on the Pan-Hellinic Council and a member of the English majors club. She married John Will Simonton, Jr. on January 23, 1944. To their union were born John W. Simonton, III of Denver, Colorado and the late Joseph Forbis Simonton. Following 11 years as a fulltime homemaker, she worked for several years at Fireman's Fund Insurance. Then she began a career in education, first as a teacher at Graceland School and Hillcrest High School. After receiving a master's degree from Memphis State University and membership in Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society, she served as a guidance counselor at Central High. Selected as a member of Delta Kamma Gamma teacher's honor society, she entered school administration at Overton High School and was retired 13 years later from Hillcrest High School. After that time she enjoyed time with her grandchildren, Jennifer Simonton and John Simonton IV. She also enjoyed studying genealogy and writing several family histories. She wrote a history of her church, Eastside Cumberland Presbyterian, which was published. She was selected for perpetual membership in the Cumberland Presbyterian Women. Later she served as an elder and trustee in Cordova Presbyterian Church and as moderator of the Presbyterian Women. She was honored with a life membership. In more recent years she united with Buntyn Presbyterian Church. She was also a member of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution. In addition to her husband, son and grandchildren, she leaves four great-grandsons; and one great-granddaughter. Visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m. until service time at 11 a.m., Friday, November 16 at Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel with interment to follow in the family lot in Memorial Park Cemetery of Memphis. Memphis Funeral Home Poplar (Published in The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, TN)

  • Sources 
    1. [S13327] Find a Grave.