Nancy Rowell Forbes

October 9, 2012


COVINGTON, GA – Nancy Rowell ‘Polly’ Forbes, age 89, died Tuesday, October 9, 2012, at The Benton House in Covington, Ga.

Formerly of Murfreesboro, NC, Mrs. Forbes was born in Coffee County, GA, on April 27, 1923, a daughter of the late Lizzie and Walter Rowell. She was a former member of Murfreesboro Baptist Church.

Polly enjoyed a distinguished career as an artist, receiving numerous awards and was a past member of the Blackwater Artist League in Courtland, VA. Polly loved God, family and her friends. She loved nature and its beauty and saw endless beauty in her surroundings and in people. One of her many gifts was her devotion and unconditional love to her late husband, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and to all of her family. Polly gave unselfishly of her time and talents while encouraging others to paint and live with passion and joy. She will be missed by many that loved her.

Left to cherish her memory is her daughter, Joan Chambers and husband, Don of Social Circle, GA; her son Tommy Forbes and wife, Lisa of Murfreesboro, NC; her grandchildren, Marcia Abernathy and husband, Dave of Jackson, TN, Cliff and Corey Forbes of Murfreesboro, NC; and her great grandchildren, Sarah Grace and Bennett Abernathy, of Jackson, TN, and Ben Jackson of Monticello, GA. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Forbes was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin T. Forbes and her granddaughter, Nancy Jackson.

A celebration of life service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 14, 2012, at Murfreesboro Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Lee Canipe officiating. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church fellowship hall from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. prior to services, and other times at the home of Tommy and Lisa Forbes. Memorial donations may be made to Murfreesboro Baptist Church, PO Box 124, Murfreesboro, NC, 27855.

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service, Ahoskie is serving the Forbes family. Family and friends may send condolences and sign the online guestbook by visiting

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Kristin Lawver
7 years ago

There’s not one day that does by that I don’t think of her. I have a million memories to keep me warm until we meet again, but it’s not her. I miss Polly more than words can express even still today. I thank God each day for my time with her. She loved her family so much. She was so proud of her kids and grandkids. I hope it’s not weird to write all of this all these years later. I’ve been thinking of her a lot lately.

debbie & John Cobb
11 years ago

We would like to extend our sincere condolences to Tommy and family in your loss. I did not know Nancy but think a great deal of her son and his family. I hope time will heal your sorrow.

John & Debbie

Jane Markert
11 years ago

Hi, I was so sorry to hear of Polly’s passing. Polly was a very special person to me while I was living in Murfreesboro & teaching at Chowan. Polly gave me some individual art lessons & was always so helpful to me in so many friends. I missed her from the day she moved and my sincere sympathies to all of you. Love, Janie