Leroy Forlines

Born on November 14, 1926

Departed on December 15, 2020 and resided in Nashville, TN

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Franklin Leroy Forlines – Age 94, passed away in the afternoon on December 15, 2020 in his Nashville home in the Whitland Area Neighborhood.

Angels carried Leroy's soul home to Heaven while his body was resting quietly in his hospital bed in the presence of his wife Fay, his sons Jon and James, and the nurse after Fay had whispered in his ear, "Sweetheart, it is all right if you let the angels lead your soul to Heaven.  I'll join you afterwhile."  And afterwards, I kissed him on the forehead and on his mouth before saying aloud, "I love you. I am so glad I married you."

Then James leaned over to him to whisper in his ear, "Dad, don't be afraid, Jon and I will take good care of Mom." After about three minutes, as Jon was hugging him, his heart stopped and the nurse pronounced him dead.

Mr. Forlines was born November 14, 1926, on a tobacco farm near Winterville, Pitt County, North Carolina to the late, John Leroy Forlines and Leta Nanny Manning Forlines.

Survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Carolyn LeFay Gilbert Forlines; children, Jonathan "Jon" Gilbert Forlines (Susan) and James Franklin Forlines (Anita); grandchildren, Joel, Jared (Kelsey), Anna Grace; Daniel (Michelle), Rachel (Christopher), Rebekah (Brad). Great Grandchildren: Elise, Justus, and Naomi; Lillian and Andon, Siblings: Elsie, Christine, Mattie Frances, Jack, and beloved nieces and nephews; precious former students, cousins, and friends.

Graveside Service will be held 2:00 p.m. Monday, December 21, 2020 at Woodlawn Memorial Park in the Dogwood Garden section, 660 Thompson Lane, Nashville, TN 37204 with Dr. Matthew Pinson officiating.   Pallbearers include: Daniel Forlines, Joel Forlines, Jared Forlines, John Forlines, Christopher Dobbs, Brad Sample, Matthew Pinson, Jr. and John David Carter.

Honorary pallbearers include: Dalton Cole, Deacons of Cross Timbers FWB Church, retired Men of Welch College's  administration, faculty, and staff who are present and All Free Will Baptists ordained ministers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to:  Welch College for the restoration of "Forlines Lectures" which brings noted theologians to the campus to speak.  An example of lecturers in the past is Leroy's favorite radio preacher, Erwin Lutzer, pastor of Moody Church.

A Memorial Service will follow at Welch College in the near future--to be announced sometime when the world turns back up from its upside-down position during the virus.

Arrangements taken care of by West Harpeth Funeral Home & Crematory, 6962 Charlotte Pike, Nashville, TN 37209.

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5 Comments to Leroy Forlines

  1. Rev. George C. Lee
    December 18, 2020 9:25 am

    Leroy and I were rooming mates my first year at FWBBC in 1950. He was a mentor to me and a dear friend. He was always the same, level headed and a gentleman. I was his pastor from 1967-73 and he was always a pastor’s friend. He, and my wife were classmates and graduated the first year that B. A’s were offered. His sons were my sons friends. Leroy was “one of a kind.” They do not make them like him any more. May God bless his family as they walk through the valley of the shadow of death. as Leroy has taught us.

  2. Johnny Miller
    December 18, 2020 9:47 am

    I have known brother Forlines since I was a boy, he has been a great inspirational hero to me!

  3. Mark Vandivort
    December 20, 2020 10:00 am

    Seems like a short time since I sat in Bro. Forlines’s Romans class. He guided us in the deep channel of Christian fundamentalism and Christ-like lifestyle. J. Mark and Louise Vandivort

  4. Alton Loveless
    December 20, 2020 5:07 pm

    One of the greatest privileges I have had during my lifetime was to meet notable men of God whose knowledge of the Scripture and theology Who Were able to put it into print so it could be shared with thousands who will read it, not only now, but farther into the future. Another is to have known his dear wife and sons personally. I count it all joy and without any reservation I know where he is at this very moment.

    What a legacy he left, not only his writings, but also in his sons who are serving the Lord in a ministry that God has led them into. There are not many days that lapse but what I don’t pray for them.

    I cherish some of the times that I have talked to Dr. Le Fay and the letters she has written me in times past. She was often concerned that his knowledge was not spread beyond Free Will Baptists, but actually in posterity his works will live on and spread as they are showered on others who have read his works. He told others to teach others so well.

    I am so grateful that he and I were close and worked on some of his books. Quest for Truth is one of my favorites.

    Mrs. Forlines, Jonathan, and James be aware that I am praying for you and I’m so sorry that I am not able to come to share the celebration I know you will have.

  5. Anne Doolittle
    December 20, 2020 8:14 pm

    Dr. Forlines
    I am so sorry you have lost you dear husband. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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