Forest Read, 80, of Orange passed away on Thursday, July 1, 2021 in Beaumont. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at Shultz Funeral Home in Jasper. The family will greet friends on Tuesday morning from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.

Forest was born on June 2, 1941, in Jasper to Farest P. & Lois Smith Read. A long-time Jasper resident, he was a 1959 graduate of Sam Houston High School and he proudly served his country in the United States Air Force. Forest was a Master Electrician and was in the electrical business for 48 years. He was the owner and operator of Read’s Electrical Service in Jasper. Forest was a member of the Dewitt Clinton Masonic Lodge #29 and was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church of Jasper, until his move to Orange. He loved the outdoors, whether it be fishing or hunting. He enjoyed traveling and working with his hands. He could build, repair, or create just about anything you could imagine.

He is survived by his wife Frances Read of Orange, whom he married on February 4, 1961, son Gerald Read of Italy; daughters Connie Matthews of Carrollton; Dyana Ramirez of Jasper; a brother Ross H. Smith of Bridge City; grandsons Jeramey Matthews, Ryan Matthews & Forest Knesse; and granddaughters Neve Read and Anissa Read. He is preceded in death by his parents Farest P. Read & Lois B. Smith Read and a sister Neva Corson.

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