Jeremy Scott Forward, Sr., of Lynn Haven, Florida, went home to be with the Lord on June 26, 2019 in Panama City, Florida. He was 38 years old.
Jeremy was born on September 3, 1980 to Mr. Alton Ray Forward, Sr. & Mrs. Lenette Taylor Forward in Panama City, Florida. Growing up in Lynn Haven he and his siblings, Seadrinta Michelle, Alton Ray, Jr., Andrea Lynne', & LaCynthia Lenette, became known as the “Forward Five” having a bond that is unbreakable. To his family, Jeremy was known as: Jaykee, JJ, Jay, J-Bo, & Baby Boi. Jeremy was not a quiet child but was truly spoiled growing up from having the newest bicycle, transformer action figures, or the newest shoes, because his siblings knew to take care of him or they would have to deal with momma and daddy.
He was educated in the public-school system of Bay County, Florida, starting his education at the Lynn Haven Elementary School. Taking the next steps in life, he attended Mowat Middle School and completed his secondary education at A.Crawford Mosley High School. While in school, Jeremy found his love for sports; with his height and size he was simply destined to play. He played a variety of sports, starting with football, basketball, and baseball while growing up in school. Later in his adulthood, he would play basketball at the Glenwood Recreation Center and he played football with the Panhandle Tigers Semi-Pro League. Jeremy excelled in sports as well as his academics and if he received a bad grade he would respond saying “I just wanted to know how it feels to have this grade”. He was always the one to “push it to the edge” in life, never being afraid of failing. Failing was just a challenge for him to climb out of the hole to say that he did it.
Jeremy would say, "How can you fear something when you have never tried it".
Being raised in a Christian home, he was baptized at Mt Olive Missionary Baptist Church of Panama City, Florida. He may have separated himself from the church as he got older however he knew God & the bible and he regained his faith and belief in God until his demise.
Jeremy was not a perfect person. He owned up and paid for his life lessons and did not mind having a conversation with anyone to guide them in the right direction and give wisdom of his past experiences. Once he met a person, and they connected, they were friends for life. Jeremy did not see color; he simply saw people. He would judge the character of the person on how they treated him. Jeremy stayed a true friend to a lot of people, even if they drifted apart, and when they got back in contact it was like they had not been apart. Lynn Haven was his domain and if you were in walking distance of Cain-Griffin Ball Park and within his age bracket you were definitely called “bro” or “cuzzin”; however, he called everyone he met "bro”, "sis" or "cuzzin".
Once again, he was NEVER EVER quiet. Nobody could out talk him and whatever the conversation you would leave laughing, mad, or with some words of wisdom. Either way, you were out talked.
Jeremy was a true businessman. Three years ago, he started his own business, Forwards Fresh Face Painting & Remodeling Services, LLC.
Besides his immediate family, the love of his life were his children. No person or thing could keep him away from his kids. No child was loved more or less than the next and he would tell them, "Daddy has enough love for you all cause y’all are my babies". He loved spending time with his kids because they brought him peace and happiness. When he was blessed with his first child to his last, he promised to love, protect, and care for them until his dying day.
He is preceded in death by both his parents: Alton Ray Forward, Sr. and Lenette Taylor Forward Kemp; his son: Armani Ray Forward; and siblings: Alton Ray Forward, Jr. and LaCynthia Lenette Forward.
He leaves to cherish his memories and his fight for life his children: Jamiya Jaiden Shante Forward, Jeremy Scott Forward, Jr, Neyla J Williams & Nehemiah Malcolm Williams (mother, Lisa Williams), Jazlyn Jabrea Sadiya Forward (mother, Dione Patrick), Rachel Teeter & Lathan Teeter (mother, Liz Teeter), LaCynthia Lynne' Michelle Forward & Jaycion Ray Forward (mother, Mary Williams) and Judea Forward (mother, Dominic Britton); one grandchild born after his death: Jaquanta Brown, Jr.; the remaining of the Forward Five: Seadrinta Michelle Forward-Carr and Andrea Lynne' Forward; nieces and nephews he helped raise: Shaquilla McCathern-Dixon, Vanessa McCathern, Stephan McCathern, Triston McCathern, Derrick Williams, Jr, O'Shea Williams, Tjatine Williams and Joirdan Williams; eight great nieces and nephews; along with a host of aunts, uncles, many cousins and friends.