Robert Francis Forlaw

Born: Wed., May 2, 1928
Died: Thu., Jun. 26, 2014


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Mon., Jun. 30, 2014
Location: McCommons Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Tue., Jul. 01, 2014
Location: First United Methodist Church South Campus

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Robert Francis Forlaw of Greensboro, Georgia, passed away Thursday, June 26, 2014 at The Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon.  Born in Jacksonville, Florida, he was the son of the late John Russell Forlaw and Merle Hawkins Forlaw.  He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Dick and John Forlaw.  He is survived by his wife Jewell Cravey Forlaw, daughter Rhonda Forlaw Adkins and husband, Trace, granddaughters Mackenzie, Brianna and Trinity Adkins of Brentwood, Tennessee and brothers, Gerald T. Forlaw of Charleston, South Carolina and Dr. J. Russell Forlaw (Bonnie) of Mills River, North Carolina.  
As a youth, Bob attended Norman Park High School and Junior College in Norman Park, Georgia.  He joined the Air Force in 1946 and served in many locations after WWII.  After attending airplane and engine mechanic’s school at Biloxi, Mississippi, he attended school at Chanute Field, Rantool, Illinois and was assigned to the Air Force Depot at Barksdale Field in Shreveport, Louisiana, where he worked to overhaul airplane propellers.  From here, he was transferred to Troop Carrier Squadron at Allbrook Field, Panama Canal Zone.  Troop Carrier Squadron was assigned to supply and ferry passengers, including all Ambassadors and Military Attaches in South Bogota, Columbia.  When a revolution began there, his squadron was airlifted back to the United States.
He was then assigned to change malfunctioning engines on his squadron’s C-54 and C-47 aircraft.  In 1948, as he worked to change a C-54 engine in Montevideo, Uruguay, ten of the squadron’s C-54 aircraft were directed to report to Frankfort, Germany.  Bob landed in Germany on July 4, 1948 and joined the Berlin Airlift.  He changed bad engines on C-54 airplanes 24 hours a day—every day, seven days a week until March 15, 1949.  The famous Berlin Airlift supplied starving German citizens with food and Bob Forlaw was an integral part of this mission.  He was eventually transferred to McDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida and repaired B-29 propellers until he was honorably discharged from the service in June 1949.
After his military service, Bob attended Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Florida, and later graduated from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering.  Upon graduation, he began his career at the Vacuum Tube Division of Sperry Rand Corporation in Gainesville, Florida.
So complete were his engineering skills, capabilities and expertise that he could fully research and develop a product from idea, to prototype, to perfected product.  He eventually established his own company with his wife Jewell as office manager.  For 35 years Cain-Forlaw Co., Inc. grew and flourished in Chicago, Illinois.  Bob served as CEO of the company and also founded CFC, a distributorship for sophisticated electronic components.  He often found himself in the roles of salesman, researcher, developer and troubleshooter as well as CEO.  He was the epitome of the “one-stop engineering shop,” often single-handedly analyzing and solving problems where corporate staffs had failed. He was a lifetime member of IEEE, the Institute of Electrical Electronic Engineering.  He enjoyed great success in his business and was greatly admired by clients and vendors alike.  He was known to many as “Honest Bob,” because he always told the truth and never accepted bribes for orders.  He had an established reputation of technical merit working with various electronic devices and communications equipment.  He used his engineering expertise to provide services and solve technical dilemmas for such notable clients as Honeywell, Rockwell Collins, Northrup, McDonald Douglas and Mini-Circuits, Inc. to name a few.  At one time his company was the sole supplier of electronic parts for all Motorola CB radios.
Bob and Jewell Forlaw enjoyed a wonderful marriage of 63 years.  They have been blessed by the love of a large family and the companionship and support of their legion of friends here at Lake Oconee.
The family will receive friends at McCommons Funeral Home on Monday, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  A Memorial Service will be held at the First United Methodist Church, South Campus, 4741 Carey Station Road, Greensboro, GA 30642 on Tuesday, July 1st, at ll:00 a. m.  Serving as pallbearers are Keith Forlaw, Wesley Royal, Alan Lunsford, Donald Lunsford, Glen Bass, Ralph Moore, Jr. and Jim Williford.  The family requests that in lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in memory of Bob Forlaw, to the First United Methodist Church of Greensboro Building Fund, P. O. Box 216, Greensboro, GA 30642.  McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St.  Greensboro, GA, 30642 (706)453-2626, is in charge of arrangements.  Visit us at to sign the online guest register.   


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Kent & Melinda Walker
   Posted Fri June 27, 2014
Our deepest sympathy to the entire family.

Don Mountz
   Posted Sat June 28, 2014
Jewell, Rhonda & deepest sympathies for your loss. I'm sure mom and dad met Bob at the pearly gates and they are just now having cocktails while they are waiting for diner to come out of the oven.

Laurie Psenka
   Posted Sat June 28, 2014
We were so sorry to hear about Bob. We have many good memories of dinners and holidays spent together. I know how much you will all miss him. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Patsy Roberts Brown and famikly
   Posted Sat June 28, 2014
My prayers are with you, Jewel, Rhonda, Trace and girls. My prayer is that you will feel God's arms holding and comforting you during this emotional time. Bob always was a nice, friendly and wonderful person. If I can do anything for you, let me know. Love to you all.1

Glenn and Lina
   Posted Sat June 28, 2014
Both Lina and Glenn share wonderful memories with Uncle Bob, Aunt Jewell, Rhonda and family. Glenn has many years of wonderful memories of Christmas with Uncle Bob at Grand Mamma’s. Christmas really did not start until they arrived from Chicago. Firecrackers, hunting, fishing, cookouts and fixing things around Grand Mamma’s. Wish we could do it all again and again and over and over. We love Uncle Bob and we will miss Uncle Bob.

Angie Leonardo Stubbs
   Posted Sun June 29, 2014
Thinking of you, Jewell, Rhonda and family, with prayers for comfort and peace. He will live always in your hearts and cherished memories.

Gary Mandell
   Posted Sun June 29, 2014
What started out as a business relationship more than 20 years ago quickly turned into loving and caring friendship with Bob and Jewell. Always the gracious hosts, whether at home or on the golf course, I will forever have fond memories of our times together. Watching Bob laugh and sharing in his laughter was always a highlight of our times spent together. While our in-person visits have been few over the past several years, our calls, letters and emails always meant so much to me. I grieve for the lovely and wonderful Jewell and Rhonda, and for everyone that Bob touched with his love, friendship and generosity. There aren't many like him, and I will miss him forever.

   Posted Mon June 30, 2014

Trish Turley
   Posted Mon June 30, 2014
Jewell, Rhonda and girls, we are so sorry about the passing of Bob. He was a wonderful man and I know he will be greatly missed. Heaven has a new angel who will always look over each of you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I wish we could be there, but we are in our hearts. Love you all. May God Bless Each of You.

With love,
Mark and Trish Turley, Walker, Jacob, Candice, Austen, Nate, Erin & Family

Harvey and Joanne Brown
   Posted Mon June 30, 2014
We are so sorry to hear about Bob. This will be so hard and we are here for you Jewel and family if you need anything.
Please know that you all are in our prayers and it will be so sad not to see your sweet faces at church together. Jewel if you need a ride please don't hesitate to call. We would be honored to pick you up.
Again we are so sad about your loss.

Joanne and Harvey Brown.

Preston and Ramona Brogdon
   Posted Mon June 30, 2014
Mrs. Forlaw, Rhonda and family - We were sad to learn of the passing of such a wonderful man. Rhonda, I know how much you loved and respected your father. He was a good man. Mrs. Forlaw, I will always remember how you comforted me at the lowest in my life. I extend the same to you. We will keep you all in our prayers. Much love, -Ramona

Joan and Pete Mcguigan
   Posted Mon June 30, 2014
Although we are out of town, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Seeing you and Bob at The Emory Cafe recently was a special treat.

cheryl plunkett
   Posted Mon June 30, 2014
Mrs. Forlaw,Rhonda and family
So sorry for your loss and our prayers are with you. The one promise we have is that you will see him again.
Love, The Blair Co. Girls,
Cheryl,Helen ,Taylor

Alan Campbell
   Posted Wed July 02, 2014
I was privileged to serve the Forlaws as their pharmacist for a number of years. I wish to express my deepest sympathy to the family in this most difficult time.

Michele, Doug, Shaughn Marie, Doug Jr. Smith
   Posted Fri July 04, 2014
What an amazing life your Dad had Rhonda. We always enjoyed seeing your parents visit next door and at the dance recitals. Now reading the history I know why you were so proud of him. We are thinking of you and your mom during this difficult time. I am so glad you have these amazing memories to comfort you. May you also feel the arms of the communitiy of friends around you now.