BRADY BROCK FORMAN
NOVEMBER 25, 1926 – APRIL 4, 2011
Brady Brock Forman was born November 25, 1926, the second child of Brady B. and Florence Treen Forman. He grew up in East Baton Rouge Parish and graduated from Baker High School. He attended LSU in Baton Rouge Louisiana, where he was a member of the "Golden Band from Tiger Land". Before he completed LSU, he entered the US Navy and served in the Philippines at Subic Bay during WWII. It is at that time he answered the call to ministry. He went on to receive his B.S. degree from Centenary College and was a member of the Centenary College Choir.
The night Brady received his license to preach, Dr. Guy Hicks inscribed the following scripture reference into Brady's Bible: II Timothy 2:15. "Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth". This Brady strived to do. He completed his B.D. and M. Div. from the Candler school of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta. Brady was ordained Deacon in the Louisiana Annual Conference in 1952 and in 1953 was ordained an Elder.
For more than 40 years in ministry, Brady, along with his wife Carol, served many churches in the Louisiana Annual Conference, in every district except Lake Charles. This service included being the organizing pastor of Memorial UMC in Bastrop and being director of Wesley Foundation on the campus of Southeastern University in Hammond for seven years. Brady served as chairman of the Board of Higher Education for eight years; he chaired the committee for the "Design For a New Day", a plan for the restructuring of the Conference. Brady retired to his family home in Baker in 1992, but continued his ministry by serving two interim pastorates.
Next to being a pastor, Brady was passionate about teaching. For a number of years he taught segments of the License to Preach School. He conducted workshops on communications skills and conflict management. He was committed to the preparation of couples entering marriage thru the "Prepare and Enrich" materials for pre-marital and marital counseling. Thru the support of his Masonic lodge, Central #442, he was instrumental in the development of the Dyslexia training program for local children. Brady was deeply involved for many years in the Louisiana Cursillo and Emmaus movements, providing opportunities for Christians, of many traditions, to grow in their faith thru Grace.
Brady had many varied interest and hobbies, from carpentry to cycling. He built many gifts for family and friends, from cedar jewelry boxes for Carol and his girls, to a cradle for his grandchildren. The cherry wood roll top desk he made for his wife was crafted with love.
He loved the outdoors. Most vacations were camping trips, from east to west, with his family. He had a fondness for growing roses of all types. He loved games and gadgets, from Chickenfoot to chess and shot a fair game of golf too. In his mid-forties, Brady took up cycling and took many road trips with his children and friends. His longest trip was from Lake Providence to New Orleans.
Brady stayed active and involved in his local church, Blackwater UMC, through Sunday April 3, 2011. He participated in Sunday School with Carol, attended worship service and received Holy Communion. He spent the rest of that day enjoying the company of family.
Brady died Monday, April 4, 2011 in his home, with Carol and his family at his side. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Carol Carpenter Forman and their four children and spouses: Rebecca Coxe and Dan Whittenburg of Baker, Rhonda and Eddie Rouyer of Mandeville, Ginger and Dale Hughes of Zachary and Stephen and Terri Forman of Zachary. Brady was "Paw Paw" to 11 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
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