Sunday, February 10, 2019

A Tribute to Diane – Follow-up

From The Natchez Democrat
Sunday, February 10, 2019

Diane Persons Forrest 

May 3, 1963- February 7, 2019

NATCHEZ — Services for Diane Forrest, 55, who died Thursday, February 7, 2019 in Natchez will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Laird Funeral Home Chapel in Natchez with the Rev. Dan Ratcliff officiating.

Burial will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park under the direction of Laird Funeral Home

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time Monday at Laird Funeral Home.

Mrs. Forrest was born May 3, 1963 in Jackson, the daughter of Forest and Barbara Persons.

She completed studies in health care and practiced as a nurse for many years. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Natchez. She was thoughtful, unselfish and caring. She enjoyed making cards for friends and relatives for all occasions. She loved all holidays and would prepare greetings and gifts far in advance. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dave Forrest; her brother, Rodney Persons Jr.; daughter-in-law, Lauren McCoy; Aunt, Patricia Persons and uncle, Joe Craddock.

Survivors include her parents, Forest and Barbara Persons, of Natchez; one son, Jason McCoy, of Memphis; one grandson, Ethan McCoy, of Memphis; two aunts, Annie Bess Saul and her husband TK, of Clinton and Carolyn Craddock of Plano, Texas; two uncles, TD Persons and wife Linda, of San Antonio, Texas, and Jack Spradling and wife Judy of Florence; her loving Shih Tzu, Snoopy, and a number of cousins and other relatives and friends whom she loved very much.

She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Pallbearers will be friends of the family.

Honorary Pallbearers will be the members of the Bill Rice Sunday School class.

Online condolences may be sent to

Friday, February 8, 2019

A Tribute to Diane

By Terry Orr
Image from Google Search

Today my heart is heavier than normal. Last night, I received shocking news that my dear friend Diane Forrest has passed. Her Mother replied to my text to Diane, stating,“This is Diane(s) Mother, I just found (out) Diane has passed away.”

Over the next few days, hopefully we will learn more. 

I met Diane on the Internet twenty-four years ago and we have been good friends since then. She also was my partner in developing, writing and maintaining this Blog. Diane wrote more than three hundred and helped on countless more articles on a very wide range of topics.

I am going to share a poem she forwarded to me after her birthday in May 2013 that her Uncle Jack had written for her.


How wonderful it is to know those who thrive
Happily bringing joy while living their lives
With a wonderful smile you carry each day
The world is made better as you go your way
We know that a Taurus is embedded with traits
Live Love and giving plus remember special dates
You are faithful to your passion of sending cards to friends
It reflects who you are, the perfect means to an end
Twas warm on the fiday when you came into the world
The family was blessed with a beautiful baby girl
Your professional vocation is a mission of love
And your caring heart fits like a glove
You take everyday events all in stride
While staying the course is your mark of pride

Then there’s the picture Perfect Love

Your caring for Dave until he was called above
As a daughter and sister and daughter and a son
You reflect all that’s good when all is said and done
Routines become habits and some make you glad
Like watching judge judy each day with dad
And snoopy, yes snoop
Is you live in king
While enjoying attention he does his own thing
As an excellent chef, cooking is your flair
Your uncle jack’s favorite is chocolate eclairs
So congratulations is now offered on this 3rdof may
Reaching a high mark on your special birthday