Harry Bennett Forehand Jr. dies at 81

TAMPA, Florida — Harry B. Forehand, Jr. – better known to his friends as Josh – died on Monday, September 21, 2020 with his wife by his side.

Harry B. Forehand, Jr.

A native of Tampa, he attended Wilson and Plant High School before moving on to Sewanee Military School. He earned his Economic Degree from the University of the South, where he served on the prestigious Cap and Gown press, competed on the Linkmen Golf Team and was elected Vice-President of the Kappa Alpha Order. He also served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy.

During his career, he was the the former Owner and President of Forehand Insurance Agency where he served as President of the Independent Insurance of Tampa and was an active Board Member of the Florida Association of Independent Agents.

He will be remembered for his benevolent works including supporting the Shriner’s Hospital for Children, The Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, St. Joseph’s Hospital, and St John’s Episcopal Church. 

He was a Thirty-third Degree Mason, member of the Hillsborough Lodge #25 F&AM, member of the Tampa Scottish Rite, and former member and past Director of ROJ, Court 89. Josh was also a former member of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, serving as Marshal; Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club, Tampa Club, Centre Club, University Club and Belleair Country Club. 

He leaves behind his wife Marilyn Yent-Forehand; son, Chris Forehand and daughter, Margaret Anne “Meg” Forehand-Korakis (Alex) as well as Jack Yent, Rhonda Yent, Debbie Toale (Robert), Pam Pursley, and Charles (Kandi) Yent; grandchildren: Andrea Forehand, Ashley and Alexandra Korakis, Justin and Kris Yent, Jason (Susie) and Jeff (Hannah) Toale, Kevin (Jenna), Kellen and Carlie Yent; and six great grandchildren.

His parents Harry Bennett Forehand, Sr. of Cochran, Georgia and Madge Aeleise McCormack Forehand of Lynchburg, as well as grandparents William David McCormack and Mary Etna Motlow and great-grandparents James Wilson Motlow and W. Alice Bryant, and Diane Wallace Barner Forehand. 

A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, October 2 from 5-8 p.m. at Blount & Curry Funeral Home in Tampa. Masonic ritual and remembrances will be at 6 p.m.

The family would like to thank the wonderful and caring staff at Seasons of Largo and Empath Hospice as well as Sue and Vincent Yancar and Dr. Norm and Nancy Urich for their love and support. In lieu of flowers, a contribution to Alzheimer’s Association, Empath Hospice or Charity of your choice, in Josh’s honor, would be deeply appreciated. •

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