James Tom Forgey, 81, of Magnolia passed away early Saturday morning, October 10, 2020, at John R. Williamson Hospice House in El Dorado.
James Thomas Forgey was born October 2, 1939 in Pine Bluff to James H. and Margerite Forgey.
He was a graduate of Pine Bluff High School, earned a bachelor of science degree at Southern Arkansas University, a master’s and associate of philosophy, and degrees from University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.
He retired as an associate professor of history at Southern Arkansas University, where he taught for 37 years. He worked in law enforcement at the Magnolia Police Department, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, and was chief of police in Waldo.
He was elected to two terms in the Arkansas House of Representatives from Columbia County and was a U.S. Army veteran.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his infant son, Andrew Lane Forgey; his wife, Martha Ann Forgey; and his sister, Beverly Clay.
He is survived by two brothers, Richard Forgey of Tyler, TX, and Mack Forgey of California.
No public service has been arranged. Direct cremation services will be rendered by R.L. Reed Funeral Home.