Glenn Ray Forsythe, 79 of Fayetteville, NC died on April 27.
Glenn was born on May 13, 1941 in One Creek, Oklahoma to Zella Pearl and Joseph William Forsythe. The family moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico where he joined the Marine Corp in 1958, serving until 1962. After a brief time as a civilian, Glenn joined the Army in 1963, serving with the Special Forces in Vietnam from 1965 to 1969, at Fort Devens, Massachusetts (1969-1972), and in the Panama Canal Zone (1977-1979). He attended the Defense Language Institute in Monterey California in 1972 and 1977, and the Sergeants Major Academy at Fort Bliss, Texas in 1979. Glenn was then stationed at Fort Bragg in 1979 and served as Command Sergeant Major for the 82 nd Airborne Division 1/508 th Infantry, and HHC First Corps Support Command FORSCOM. During his time at Fort Bragg, he also served a temporary-duty assignment at the Joint Security Area in Pan Mun Jon, Korea (1984-1985).
In his military career, Glenn received many decorations and awards, including Master Parachutist’s Wings; Combat Infantryman’s Badge; Legion of Merit; three awards of Bronze Star with “V”; Purple Heart; Meritorious Service Medal; five Army Commendation Medals;, the Air Medal; three awards of the Armed Forces Expeditionary Service Medal; RVN Service Medal, with 11 Battle Stars; RVN Campaign Medal; Presidential Unit Citation; Meritorious Unit Citation; RVN Cross of Gallantry with Palm; Superior Unit Award; RVN Parachute Badge; Greek Parachute Badge.
Glenn retired from military service in 1989 and was awarded a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Campbell University in 1992. Continuing with a lifetime of public service, Glenn became a computer specialist at Womack Army Hospital and retired for a second time in 2003.
Glenn was a creative individual who successfully pursued many different hobbies from crafts such as leatherwork and stained glass to lithographic printmaking. He was also a talented photographer and writer.
Glenn married Elizabeth “Bonnie” Scally of Lancaster, Massachusetts in 1970, and Glenn, Bonnie and their two daughters Kris Terkanian (Tom Yates) and Katie Terkanian (Scott Keefer) travelled the world together. He is survived by his wife of 50 years and their daughter Katie, and granddaughter Elizabeth Yates. Their daughter Kris died in 2003.
Glenn was also preceded in death by his brother Robert Morgan of Amarillo, Texas, sister Helen Linney of Roswell, New Mexico, his twin sister Fanny Mae Wells of El Paso, Texas, his nephews Tommy Linney and Kevin Wells. He is survived by his sisters Joy Fay Powers of Los Cruces, New Mexico and Mary Dickens of Bellona, New York, his nieces Debra Starbuck, Reba Joy Gantz, Donna Powers, Sherry Tennies,
Terri Shove, Terri Boles and Darla Evans, and his nephews Jerry Wayne Gough, Oral Morgan, Arlin Powers and Walton Wells.
The family will receive friends from 2pm to 4pm on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at Rogers and Breece Funeral Home with a funeral service on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 11am at Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery, Fort Bragg, NC.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Alley Cat Allies or Friends of Animals.
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