George W. Forester Family
George Washington Forester, the son of Peter and Lucy Beckham Forester was born in the Cloverdale community of Rising Fawn on January 26, 1857. Forester was a farmer, teacher, and church leader during the early 1900’s. His home in Rising Fawn was built in 1896, and is still a family residence today. An active member of the Cloverdale Baptist Church, he served as teacher, clerk and deacon. He died December 3, 1939, and is buried in the Miller Cemetery in Rising Fawn.
- His oldest son, Herschel Forester, b. Oct. 16, 1890, was a prominent teacher and coach in Dallas, Texas. He and his wife Blanche have two sons, Herschel, b. 1931 and George William, b. 1932. George’s daughter, Bertha, b. Jan. 17, 1892, also lived in Texas, married Delbert McGehee and has two daughters, Evelyn McGehee Webb, b. 1922, and Betty McGehee Hoveida, b. 1930. She lived to be 99 years old.
- Byron and Hettie’s youngest daughter, Gladys Forester Baugh, b. May 21, 1924, died at an early age, but their son, James Harold Forester, b. Mar. 17, 1920, and daughter, Irene Forester Wall b. Jan 16, 1922, still live in Dade County. Harold, a carpenter, married Mary Hawkins and has two sons, James Edward Forester and Larry Wayne Forester. Irene, a long time Georgia Power employee, married Van Wall and has one daughter, Sandra Jean Wall Welch. Byron, Hettie and Gladys Forester are buried in the Miller Cemetery in Rising Fawn.
Cicero Forester, b. Aug. 6, 1897, George’s youngest son, married Inez Black (younger sister of Hettie, Byron’s wife). Cicero was a farmer and very active in the Cloverdale Baptist Church. His children are Bob Forester, b. Nov. 14, 1934, of Dalton, and Jane Wallin, b. Nov 2, 1937, of Rising Fawn. James Brannon, b. Dec. 9, 1922, of Arkansas is Cicero’s step son. Jane married Bill Wallin and has three children: Cindy Wallin Gilbert, Stan Wallin, and Renee Wallin Daniels. All of Jane’s children and grandchildren live in Rising Fawn. Cicero and Inez Forester are buried in the Miller Cemetery in Rising Fawn.
Sally Kirkes Forester died in 1906, and is buried in the Miller Cemetery in Rising Fawn.
- George and Nettie are the parents of Grace Jeannette, b. Jan 23, 1918, and Georgia Edna Forester, b. Dec. 5, 1923. Grace married Lee Blevins. She and her family continued to live in the George Forester home place for her lifetime. Grace and Lee have two children: Mary Jane Blevins Hill Friske, b. Mar. 17, 1950, and Roy Lee Blevins, b. July 8, 1952. Mary Jane was a counselor at Dade High, and her children, Matt and Josh Hill live in the Cloverdale community. Roy and his wife, Donna Hammock Blevins have two sons, Chris and Barry. Roy is a corporate officer at Dalton Paving Company. He and his family have restored the George Forester home and currently reside there. Grace Forester Blevins died February 18, 1977, and is buried in the Miller Cemetery in Rising Fawn.
Edna Forester married Pat Baugh. She is a retired Dade County teacher and teaching assistant. Edna has two children, Patsy Baugh Cannon, b. Jan. 7, 1952, and James Steven Baugh, b. Oct. 4,1955. Patsy, was the media specialist at Dade Middle School, married Charles Cannon and has one son, Daniel Patrick Cannon.. Steve, a manager at TVA, married Phyllis Morgan and has two children, Kevin Jameson Baugh, and Laura Katherine Baugh. Edna, her children and grandchildren all live in the Cloverdale community.