In Memory

John Allen Forsythe

John Allen "Al" Forsythe


GREENSBORO — John Allen "Al" Forsythe, 58, died unexpectedly at his home on Wednesday, December 14th 2011.

He is very much loved and survived by his two children, Ashley Forsythe Bardsley and husband, Craig Bardsley of Wilmington and Brent Allen Forsythe of Greensboro; one grandchild, Cole Bardsley; ex-wife, Barbara Quigley Forsythe of Greensboro, and many friends and loved ones.

Al, a Greensboro native, was born February 24, 1953 to the late John and Ruth Forsythe. He graduated from Grimsley High School in 1971 and UNC Greensboro in 1980.

Al was an energetic, loving, generous, and compassionate person who never met a stranger. He loved to talk to people wherever he went. He loved sports, especially Yankees baseball and Carolina basketball, and coached his children's sports teams for many years. Papa Al adored his first grandchild, and they brought much joy to each other.

We miss him more than words or tears can express and pray he is at peace with his parents whom he missed so much.

A memorial service to celebrate Al's life will be held on Saturday, December 17 at 2 p.m. at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 2105 West Market St., Greensboro, 27403. A visitation will immediately follow in the church parish hall. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation or St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. Forbis & Dick Funeral Service is serving the Forsythe Family.

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Published in News Record on December 16, 2011


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12/23/11 08:28 PM #1    

John Michael Cranford

Allen we were best friends for a number of years and even though we grew apart with your death I realized sincere friendships never end. You are missed by many people that  loved you so much.  Michael

01/09/15 06:19 PM #2    

John Taylor Council

I echo Mike's comments. Allen (that's how I knew him) and I met because he would frequently come to spend time with his grandmother, who lived across the street from me. We played together many summer days from elementary through junior high and continued to spend time with each other in high school.

I owe to him, at least in part, much of my love of 20th century history. Indeed, because of that, many of my family and friends see me as an expert about WW II. That is at least one of the gifts I recieved from Allen.

So sorry to hear you're gone. Rest in peace.



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