Obituary for James Forsyth

James Forsyth (Jim), age 83, died surrounded by loved ones at First Health Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst, North Carolina at 4:15 pm on September 25, 2021.

Jim was born on December 11, 1937 in Winfield, Alabama. Raised by Myrtle Forsyth and King David Forsyth. Preceded in death by his siblings Morris Forsyth, Jewel Gunter, and Jessie Dowling. After Jim served in the Army Reserves, he owned a clothing boutique by the name of The Village Men’s Shop in Auburn, Alabama, which he sold when he moved to Sanford, North Carolina in 1974. He continued to be a salesman for fine men’s clothing. This is where he enjoyed attending all of the fashion shows in places like New York and Las Vegas. Jim had a passion for his work until retiring in 2007 in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

Jim was happily married to his partner in life for 39 years. Jim and Dianne Forsyth were married on May 7th, 1982. Dianne Forsyth was the love of his life and after her passing in July 2021, Jim spent his days remembering her light and sharing memories of her with those around him.

Jim Forsyth is survived by his two sons Kendrick David Forsyth of Panama City, FL and James Nicholas Forsyth, wife Jessica Forsyth, of Rock Hill, SC. He is also survived by his grandchildren Morgan Page Degen, husband Taylor Degen, Kaitlin Nichole Forsyth, and Hailey McKenna Forsyth of Rock Hill, SC.

Jim was loved by so many around him and touched the hearts of everyone he met. He was known for his witty banter and having a big heart. Many could spend hours listening to his historical stories. Jim valued education and instilled that same passion within all of his family. Jim had a taste for the finer things in life. This included art shows, museums, and observing local potters’ work. Later in life Jim developed a passion for boat building where he attended a boat club with his brother-in-law Bill Mitchell to discuss the craftsmanship and the art of model ship building. While Jim will be missed by his family and friends, we all take comfort in carrying on his memories and knowing he is home to his loving wife Dianne.

Visitation will be Sunday October 3, 2021 from 2:00PM to 3:00PM at Boles Funeral Home, 425 W. Pennsylvania Ave, Southern Pines NC 28387. Funeral ceremony will follow at 3:00PM at the funeral home. Entombment will be at Pinelawn Memorial Park in the Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dianne’s memory to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network or Meredith College in Raleigh, NC.

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Services are entrusted to Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines.

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