Submitted by Jan J. Barnes
Forest M. Durrett, age 90, died January 1, 2000. Visitation will be at Bellevue Church of Christ on Monday, January 3, 2000 from 4-7 p. m. and at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield on Tuesday, January 4, 2000 from 5-7 p. m. Masonic Service will begin at 7 p. m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Funeral service will be Wednesday, January 5, 2000 at 11 a. m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow in the Elmwood Cemetery. Mr. Durrett was born in White House, TN in 1909, the son of Maude Widick and Robert (Bob) Durrett. He graduated from White House High School and from Coyne Electrical School in Chicago. In 1938 he married Thelma Stewart who died March 20, 1997. He is survived by a daughter, one son, one sister, Kathleen Hale of White House, TN. He was devoted to God and for many years worshipped at the Springfield Church of Christ and in recent years at the Bellevue Church of Christ. Mr. Durrett owned 638 Tire Co. in 1934. A leader in the trucking industry, he owned two truck lines for fifty years. He formed Durrett Transfer Inc. with one truck in 1941 and sold it in 1966. He then formed Birmingham/Nashville Express Inc. in 1967 and served as the Chairman of the Board at the time of his death. He served three terms as President of Tennessee Motor Transportation Association during which time he assisted in setting up the first transportation scholarship at the University of Tennessee. Special recognition was given to him by the Southern Motor Carriers Conference, Atlanta, for his twelve years of service where he served as Board Member, Vice President, and President. He also served as President of the Nashville Motor Carriers Operations Association and because of his many contributions to the transportation industry was honored in 1987 by being chosen Transportation Man of the Year. Also, he was very active in the American Trucking Association, Washington, and was Vice President of ATA for Tennessee. He was active in civic and religious groups, served as President of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce two terms, Board of Directors of two financial institutions, a Member of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce. Other civic organizational work includes: Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, Scottish Rite, Shrine, and a Kiwanian for over fifty years.