Bobby A. Forte


Bobby A. Forte was born September 7, 1966, in Columbus, Ohio. He transitioned from this life on April 16, 2023. He is preceded in death by his loving Mother, Ardie Forte, and Father, Walter Leon Forte.

He lived in Eastgate, went to Eastgate Elementary, Sherwood Middle School, and graduated from East High School in 1984, where he was a manager for the basketball team. He was always the life of the party. He had a one hand hook that he always made, and the team loved it but was jealous. The team appreciated him because he was one who joked and kept things lighthearted. Whatever part he played, he loved.

As a child he attended Union Grove Baptist Church, Halls Memorial Church of God and Christ, and Lilly of the Valley Church of God in Christ.
Bobby was a delivery driver for Commercial Movers Company and a general maintenance worker in the Columbus area most of his life. Bobby was known by many as “The Good Guy”. He was one who was willing and available to be there for you. Special is who he was to his childhood friends Danny Hooks and Marlon Foster. Always willing to help neighbors doing whatever he could. Bobby had a lot of friends because he cared about others and never knew a stranger. Everybody who got to know him loved him.

Bobby was a family man who loved Tammy whom he fondly called “Old Girl”. His smile and laugh would light a room. He loved to cook and grill barbecue chicken, black-eyed peas, okra, and make strawberry cake. His favorite foods were spaghetti and pizza. Bobby also loved sweets. He loved dogs, especially Pitts. His favorite football team was the Dallas Cowboys. He didn’t play about his girls, school and getting good grades. He always helped with homework. He was very smart about many things, especially math. Bobby loved us and we knew it. He was his own doctor and was very private about his own issues and put everyone else before his own. He was truly a man that did believe in God and always willing to serve others (John 13:34-35).

Bobby leaves not to mourn but to cherish his memories: His brother, Pastor, Leon Forte, and Sister Beverly Forte; Girlfriend of 23 years Tammy Watts, Daughters: Cursten Richardson, Shicole Watts and Jamya Watts Grand Children: Elegance Amari Garner, Myka’Leiyah Keniece Carlislle, Zhariana Richardson-Harris, and Mila Jae Coward-Watts: Cousin/Brother: Lyndon Wallace: Niece: Karris Forte, Nephew: Aaron Forte and many other cousins, aunts, uncles, relatives and friends.

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Visitation 1:00 PM and Funeral Service 2:00 PM Saturday, April 22, 2023 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE NORTH 2500 Cleveland Ave. To read the complete obituary, order flowers, view video tribute and offer condolences to the Forte Family, visit

Condolence Messages

  1. My deepest sympathy goes out to the family on the loss of such a great young man. His earthly presence will me missed, but his memory will live on. May the love of Jesus Christ touch each and every spirit, and change minds and lives. God bless.

  2. Dear cousins, Leon and Beverly.
    No word can express the pain you might be feeling right now. It is hard to lose a brother. Cherish all the fond memories you have of him. Your family is thinking about all of you. Don’t forget that you are loved and we do care. ❤️

  3. Daniel A Hooks

    To Leon & Jennie: All My Love to the loss of your Brother & My Friend literary since birth. Still can’t believe that he is not with us. Growing up in Eastgate it was always The Fosters, Forte’s, Hooks Families together playing & loving each other. Bobby always held a special place for me. To Tammy my love to you & your Family holding up Bob these last 23 years. Just know you were special to him. To all his friends he was always the life of the party & always there for whatever you need. Blessings to You All & My Prayers are with you Always. Love Danny.

  4. Sandra Crawford-Banks

    My deepest condolences to you and your family

  5. Christine Gaston

    Bobby one of my best friends!!!! I will love you and will miss you forever!! You were always a happy and a positive person no matter what. Your never ending smile was amazing. I want to thank you for accepting me and bringing me into your friend circle. We had so much fun and you and your house was always a safe place for me. I can’t thank you enough for always being kind and looking out for me. You helped me make it through college. My kids and family thought you were so funny and they loved you!!! May god bless you and your family. Friends forever!!!!!! Love Crissy

  6. So sorry for the families loss. Bobby will be missed he was always a loving funny and kind man. Blessings to you all.

  7. My condolences to the Bobby Forte. He will be missed, may he rest peacefully.

  8. To Ms. Bev and the entire Forte family, I send my deepest condolences.

  9. To the Forte family my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family God Bless. Rap

  10. Carolyn Hopkins

    Pastor Forte & Family
    My sisters and I are so sorry for your great loss. We are all praying for your family and Bobby’s family. We know he will be greatly missed.

  11. Angela Van Cleaf

    To Jennie and the Forte family , My deepest condolences on the loss of your brother Bobby. I did not learn of his passing until Sunday at church from Spencer.
    May God’s grace and peace continue to cover you and the family.

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