Donald Eugene Forsythe, age 82, of Grand Rivers, passed away Sunday, January 13, at Rivers Bend Retirement Center in Kuttawa. He was a native of Between-The-Rivers in Lyon County.
Donald was a Master Plumber and general contractor for over 40 years in Livingston and surrounding counties. Donald along with his wife, Mary, hosted a music jam each week at Lake City for 29 years.
He was married to his sweetheart, Mary Elizabeth Peal Forsythe, for 64 years. They traveled extensively, visiting all 50 states and several countries including Canada, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand.
He was a 57 year member of Pisgah United Methodist Church and a current member of Kuttawa United Methodist Church since 2014. In later years his life was shared with his five grandchildren whom he loved dearly.
Survivors include his wife, Mary; two sons, Gary Forsythe (Donna) of Gilbertsville and David Forsythe (Julia) of Paducah; one daughter, Sheila Emerson (Robert) of Louisville; five grandchildren, Josh Forsythe (Katie) of Princeton, Jason Forsythe (Amanda) of Salem, Laura Overby (Addison) of Paducah, Kayla Adams (Andrew) of Anchorage, Ark., and Elizabeth Gradisek of Louisville; six great grandchildren, Connar, Jaxon, Brady, Brystol, Raelynn Forsythe and Charlie Hardin; one sister, Pauline Schmidt (Paul) of Alton, Ill., and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lee Jackson Forsythe and Lydia Timmons Forsythe; infant daughter, Donna Elizabeth Forsythe, mother-in-law, Ida Peal, four brothers and three sisters.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 19, at Lakeland Funeral Home in Eddyville with the Rev. Chuck Ladd officiating. Burial will follow at Dixon Cemetery in Grand Rivers. Pall bearers will be Josh Forsythe, Jason Forsythe, Addison Overby, Andrew Adams, Justin Ross and Keith Branson. Honorary pallbearers will be Don’s Shop Jammers!
Visitation will be at the funeral home on Friday, January 18, from 5 to 8 p.m. and one hour before the service on Saturday.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to: Paradise Cemetery Trust Fund, c/o Steve Sanders, 308 Delaware Road, Gilbertsville, KY 42044.
You may light a candle or leave a message for the family at: www.lakelandchapel.com.
This is a paid obituary.