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Josephine "Josie" Nicholson Forbes

May 19, 1937 — February 9, 2023

Siler City formally of Burlington


Josephine "Josie" Nicholson Forbes, 85, of Siler City formally of Burlington, died Thursday, February 9, 2023.


Mrs. Forbes was born in Alamance County on May 19, 1937, the daughter of Thurman Woodrow Nicholson and Anna Mae Pennington Nicholson Hudgins.


Josie was retired from Lab Corp. as a bookkeeper. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. Mrs. Forbes loved playing the piano, painting, antique shopping especially at yard sales and thrift shops. Going out on a boat and camping were her favorite types of a vacation. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by the love of her life, her husband, William "Billy" Moore Forbes Jr., and a sister, Idalea Gossett of Burlington.


She is survived by her children: Steven Forbes and wife Delana of Burlington, Teresa F. Bradsher and husband Kent of Burlington, Donna F. Guthrie and husband Dennis of Siler City, and Stacy Forbes of Burlington; sister: Louise Combs of Burlington; 9 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren and beloved lifelong friend Myrna Hayes of Burlington.


There will be a private memorial service.


Smith & Buckner Funeral Home is assisting the Forbes family.


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