Highly accomplished artist, sculptor and boat restorer who often described himself as a sculptor who learned to paint, Kent passed peacefully at home on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022, after a very courageous battle with ALS during which he faced each new day and challenge with a smile.
Kent was born on March 28, 1959 in Coffee County, Tennessee, the son of William Ottis Forrest and Estell Clemie Ellis Forrest. Kent attended the Art Institute of Atlanta and graduated from Christopher Newport University with a degree in Fine Arts. He was raised on the water by his waterman father obtaining his Captain’s license at the age of 18 and became Captain of the Country Girl and then the Crystal Dawn out of Pirates Cove, OBX, North Carolina. Kent truly loved everything outdoors including hunting and fishing. He was an avid gun collector and authored many amazing stories and songs. A true Renaissance Man.
Kent was a husband, father, son, brother, friend and Pop. He was predeceased by his parents and his much-adored daughter, Clara Elizabeth. Kent is survived by his loving wife, Kathy, and beloved bonus children, Jasper Garst (Corrine) and Haley Mize (Carter), and two young grandsons, Maverick and Jack; chosen Mom, Judy Forrest and an extended family including chosen brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews, Jon Moore (Michelle), Theresa Pyles, Paula Cottee, Crystal Blye and Forrest Oates; mentor and best friend, Captain Ed and Mrs. Bobby Ray who were parent figures growing up, and countless other amazing friends.
Kent’s extensive nautical work includes Captain of launch boat for Shawn’s Launch; historical guide for the state of Virginia at Jamestown on the Susan Constance; gelcoat repair specialist at York River Yacht Haven and, most recently, Manager of the Remlik Marina, Urbanna, Virginia.
Kent was especially proud of his work for the Virginia Institute of Marine Science creating in pencil, watercolors and acrylics, a study of flora and fauna native to Virginia.
The family is deeply grateful for the support of Doctor Kelly Gwathmey and Nurse LaVon at VCU Medical Center; the ALS Association; Nurse Karen Shaver and staff at Suncrest Hospice, and to everyone who has supported them during this difficult journey.
Donations in Kent’s memory may be made to: ALS Association DC/MD/VA Chapter, 30 West Gude Drive, Rockville, Maryland 20850 www.ALS.org/DC-MD-VA.
A Celebration of Life to be held at the home of Mike and Michelle Crumley, 4340 North Witchduck Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23455 on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 2 p.m.