Friday, November 12, 2010

Rev. Jim Hall Forkner died on Monday, Nov. 8, 2010. He was born on April 26, 1932, in Tulsa Okla., the son of William Irl Forkner and Vera Hall Forkner.

He grew up in Tulsa, Okla., and graduated from Will Rogers High School and attended Tulsa University for two years. He then transferred to the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Ark., and graduated in 1954. He attended Dubuque Theological Seminary and graduated with a masters of divinity in 1957. He earned his doctor of ministry degree on May 10, 1985, also at Dubuque Seminary.

In 1955, he married Joyce Graf, and they recently celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary. He was preceded in death by one brother, Bill. Survivors include: four children, Janice Zoller, of Bentonville, Ark., Jeanne Simpson, of Yellville, Ark., John Forkner, of Bolivar, and Thuy Pham, of Oklahoma City, Okla.; and three grandchildren.

He was the first full-time pastor at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Shell Knob. He served as Moderator of Presbytery several times. On July 6, 2008, he was named Pastor Emeritus of Trinity Presbyterian Church.

He retired in 1997 but continued to serve his church and community. He was chair of the Lions Club Scholarship Committee for many years. He served as chairman of the Kornerstone Board of Directors for several years. He worked with the men of the church doing work at the Lives Under Construction Boys Ranch and also on Kornerstone building projects.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Shell Knob. The memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday also at Trinity.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Trinity Presbyterian Church or St. John's HospiceCare of Berryville, Ark.