Woodlawn-Roesch-Patton Funeral Home
This former songwriter for Grand Ole Opry legends and musicians all over the world tragically passed away on Thursday, May 11th while in the presence of his family. He was 80 years old.
Robert “Bob” Forshee spent nearly four decades with State Farm Insurance before retiring, however prior to his insurance career he sought out a career as a songwriter in Nashville.
After being signed to Ray Price’s publishing company in the early 60s, Forshee scored a good number of hits and had songs recorded by legendary Opry singers like Skeeter Davis, Jan Howard, and more.
Beyond his success with Opry regulars, Forshee also had folks like Connie Francis, Burl Ives, and Sonny Williams release songs in his first few years as a songwriter. He scored several top-notch songs with Darrell McCall’s “A Stranger Was Here”, Buddy Meredith’s “I May Fall Again”, and Hank Cochran’s “A Good Country Song”.
While having found success with country music, Forshee also had his songs appear on the pop and R&B charts after Etta James released several of his songs in 1963.
A celebration of Forshee’s life was held privately, but the family is holding a gathering for friends and family on May 25th. For more information and to send flowers, please visit the funeral home’s obituary page.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Forshee family during this difficult time.
Watch the video below of Hank Cochran singing one of Forshee’s big hits, “A Good Country Song”.
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