SIKESTON -- Benson Presnell Forrest, 85, died at 11:45 p.m. March 2, 2012, at the Miner Nursing Center.
Born Feb. 14, 1927, in Sikeston, to the late Benson Bayliss Forrest and Florence Cox Forrest, he had worked as a shoe machinist at the International Shoe Factory and was a member of Life Church.
On Nov. 16, 1951, in Piggott, Ark., he married Geneva Dufur who survives of the home.
Other survivors include: one son and daughter-in-law, Benson J. and Jackie Forrest of Lexington, Ky.; two daughters and a son-in-law, Angelia and Jimmy Sloan and Toleitha Campbell of Sikeston; and seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one son, Aulbrie Forrest; and four sisters, Ola West, Lillian Peterson, Mary Ann Chansley and Maxine Ashcraft.
Graveside services were conducted at 2:30 p.m. today with the Rev. David Craig, pastor of Life Church in Sikeston, officiating.
Pallbearers were: Larry McRoy, Bobby Himes, Arthur Ashcraft, Maury Bargetzi, Everett Flanigan and Jeff West.
Honorary pallbearers were Maurice West and Jimmy Sloan.
The Blanchard Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent at blanchardfuneral.com.