Dale Forbes

Dale Forbes, age 70, went to be with his Lord and Savior September 19, 2019.  Born October 5, 1948 in Memphis, TN to Casey Hendrix Forbes and Nancy Turnage Forbes.  

He grew up in Springdale, where he graduated in 1966.  Dale attended the University of Arkansas where he studied music and communication.  He was a member of the Razorback marching band performing at half time as the Fab 4 of the trumpet section.

In the late 60’s, he worked as a disc jockey at KBRS radio station in Springdale.  Many of you remember him as “The Watermelon Man”.  He was a member of the rock and roll band, The Rogues, where he played the bass guitar and trumpet.

Dale later joined forces at the Springdale Police Department, where he was a patrolman.  While working for Springdale PD, he met the love of his life of 45 years, Debbie Parten.  They proceeded to have three children, Mandi, Michael, and Matthew.

Dale later joined the Fayetteville Police Department as a patrolman and then becoming the Public Relations Officer.  He started the first neighborhood watch program, D.A.R.E. to Keep Kids off Drugs, McGruff the Crime Dog and did the public service announcements for TV and radio.

He taught the majority of Northwest Arkansas Defensive Driving for over 23 years.  He also got to teach some students two or three times, and you know who you are.

He joined Washington County Sheriff’s Department as a dispatcher and later moving on to Arkansas State Police, where he retired in 2017.

God had a special purpose for Dale’s life and that was to witness to his colleagues, prisoners, and his students of defensive driving.  He was a Godly man who was destined to bring non-believers to Christ, and he did so, throughout his walk of life.

Dale was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Casey “Jack” Forbes of Fayetteville and sons, Michael in 1978 and Matthew in 2017.

He is survived by his bride, Debbie of the home, daughter Mandi Forbes Beesler, two granddaughters, Alivia and Bella of Fayetteville, a brother Joe Forbes of North Carolina, and several nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life was Saturday, September 28th at Farmington Baptist Church.  Officiated by a long-time friend, Pastor Randy Castleman.

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Brenda Webb
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Brenda Webb

So sorry about the loss. Debbie, Mandi, and your girls are in our prayers. God bless you all! Love and Prayers. Jerry and Brenda Webb

Harlon Earp
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Harlon Earp

Dale was one of my best friends when I was growing up. Dale always be a very fine respected person. He was the very best.

Bob Downum
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Bob Downum

Dale was a super guy. May he Rest In Peace.
God bless the family

Jerry Tedford
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Jerry Tedford

I’m so sorry Debbie . You and your family are in my prayers

Jannie Layne
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Jannie Layne

Dale was part of my childhood and young adult life growing up in Springdale. I loved his laughter, his smile and the way he loved life. Heaven is just a little brighter with our friend at home.

Billie Jo Frederick
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Billie Jo Frederick

Dale and I went to school together. He was a very nice man. Dear family I am sorry for your loss. Sending prayers your way.

Maryann Baldwin
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Maryann Baldwin

I remember meeting this wonderful man when I was in class with Mandi. He was so polite and you could tell he loved his job as an officer of the law as much as he loved kids. Now he is in Heaven hugging his boys and watching over his wife Debbie, Mandi and his beautiful granddaughters as well as others he loved. He lived a full and wonderful life and will be remembered for generations and generations! He has certainly left great stories to be told to for centuries to come throughout his family. RIP Sir and thank you for… Read more »

Dot Moss
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Dot Moss

So sorry to hear this. Joe is such a dear friend and pastor to so many in NC. I remember Joe and Pat traveling to Arkansas. Sounds like the brothers had a lot in common with their love for God and compassion for the lost and hurting.🙏🙏

Angela Barrios
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Angela Barrios

I worked with Dale at Springdale PD. He was such a joy to work with – always positive and a wonderful sense of humor. Sending prayers to his family!

sheila Elliott
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sheila Elliott

What a great story , I am Dale & Debbies Neighbor , I will miss Dales Happy face when i brought them food that I had cooked he loved that , Dale will be so missed by his wife and girls ( so sad for them)

Cheryl McDonald-Schuman
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Cheryl McDonald-Schuman

Dale was such a wonderful example of a loving husband, father and grandfather. I am so blessed to have known him. My prayers are with Debbie, Mandi , Alivia, and Bella, as they go through this difficult time.

Rick D McKee
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Rick D McKee

So sorry to hear about Dales passing. Many nights were spent listening to him tell his stories and playing the hits for us. A part of Washington Counties history for sure! Prayers for your family.

John Womack
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John Womack

Dale was such a good person and such a good friend. We played together in The Rogues from 1965 to 1970. He was an outstanding musician and on many songs he would play bass while playing trumpet at the same time. So many fond memories from those band years, I can’t remember us ever having a disagreement. We stayed in touch over the years via email but were never able to get together. My deepest condolences to his family.

John Riggins
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John Riggins

Thoughts and prayers to the Forbes family!! I’ve known Dale most of my adult life!! An outstanding man!!

Larry Goheen
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Larry Goheen

I worked with Dale at SPD. He was an outstanding man, hilarious since of humor. Prayers to Debbie and family

Kathy Davis
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Kathy Davis

I worked with Dale at the Fayetteville Police Department – he was a wonderful spokesperson for the department. I have fond memories of his compassion for helping others of all walks of life. It was always a treat when Debbie would stop by the PD for a visit – lots of laughter. Peace be with you Debbie, Mandi and family & the many friends of Dale.

Ruby Samuels
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Ruby Samuels

Debbie, Mandy and girls. Have had good times with the family back when. Could always count on Dale for that robust laugh
God bless you and bring you peace

Garland W Francis and Marion
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Garland W Francis and Marion

Thank you for the beautiful tribute to Dale. He has blessed us all. We only wish we lived closer so we could have shared in all the family activities. You are always in our prayers and thoughts. Please live stream the service if possible. We wish we could be there to put our arms around you. We know God is holding you every minute. Love to you all. Garland and Marion

Eddie Hardister
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Eddie Hardister

Dale was one of my best friends in high school. He and I started a rock band in high school that eventually became known as The Rogues. We both played trumpet in the Razorback band. Dale and I were just good buddies and he was the best man in our wedding in 1970. We lost contact with one another because we moved out of state for awhile. We had gotten together several times in the past few years. We were visiting relatives in Michigan when Dale died and just returned a few days after the memorial service. I miss him… Read more »

Jovey Marshall
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Jovey Marshall

Known Dale most of my life as freind and co worker he will be missed. Prayers for family.