Funeral service for Forrest Daniel Beauford will be 2 p.m., Mon., June 4, at Claremore Assembly of God with Rev. Dave Mewbourne officiating. Burial will follow at Owalla Cemetery under the direction of Musgrove-Merriott-Smith Funeral Service & Crematory. Visitation will be held at the funeral home Sun. 1-6 p.m., and family will greet friends 4-6 p.m.
Forrest died Wed., May 30, 2012, at Claremore Nursing Home at the age of 88.
The son of Clarence Oliver and Amy Ruth (Carr) Beauford was born Sept. 15, 1923, in Shawnee. He graduated from Shawnee High School. He married Opal Jane Wilburn on Sept. 6, 1942, in Shawnee. Forrest became the youngest Safeway manager at the time, and later owned his own grocery store. He retired from Montgomery Ward as a salesman and manager. Forrest also worked his ranch. He was a lifetime member of the Assembly of God Church, and a longtime member of Claremore Assembly of God. He taught Sunday school, was a music leader, and sang in a trio and a gospel quartet. He had served as president for the American Langshan Club and Rogers County Fair Board. He was a member of the Quarterhorse Association and Claremore School Board. Forrest judged Quarter horses, and was a breeder. He also was a Master Exhibitor of Poultry, a breeder, and judge. Forrest was inducted into the Poultry Association Hall of Fame, outscoring his closest competitor by four times in lifetime poultry show points for wins. He enjoyed having friends and neighbors over to look at his flower gardens. He also enjoyed traveling and taking his family on vacations.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Jane, and his parents.
Forrest is survived by his daughters: Vicki McCuistian of Claremore, and Brenda DeVore and husband, Robert of Broken Arrow; grandsons: Sean McCuistian and wife, Kelly of Minnetonka, MN, and Ray Patten of Philadelphia, PA; great-granddaughters: Shelby and Olivia McCuistian of Minnetonka, MN; and brothers: Gerald Beauford and wife, Joan of Seminole, and Donald Beauford and wife, Juanelle of Shawnee.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Claremore Assembly of God, 2100 W. Blue Starr Dr., Claremore, OK 74017.