Forrest Clifford Gettys, age 97 of Hendersonville, died August 17, 2021, with his family by his
side at Life Care Skilled Nursing in Hendersonville. A private burial will be held at Duncan’s
Creek Church Cemetery in the Duncan’s Creek community in Rutherford County. A memorial
service will also be held for the public at Reformation Presbyterian Church in Hendersonville on
Sunday August 22nd at 4:00pm. Forrest was preceded in death by his wife, Millie Inez Hunt
Gettys in 2012 and his siblings Ernest, Mary. Annie, George, Bill, and Evan.
He was a loving husband and father, and devoted to his church family at Reformation, and to his
country, and the Cummings Cove community.
Survivors include his three daughters: Connie Witham of Apex, N.C.; Carolyn and David Taylor
of Hendersonville, N.C.; and Brenda and James Centracchio of Coventry, RI.; and 3
grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.
Forrest “Cliff” Gettys was born to Zachariah and Flossie Gettys on August 30, 1923 in the
Duncan’s Creek Community of rural Rutherford County. After graduating from Hollis High School
in 1942 he joined the US Coast & Geodetic Survey as a surveyor traveling around the country.
This was quite an adventure for a “country boy” and these sixteen months provided him
valuable experience which led to placement in the Survey Unit when he joined the Army.
In June of 1943 Cliff was inducted into the Army at Camp Croft, SC where he joined the 42nd
Infantry, the Rainbow Division. On January 5, 1945 his division arrived in Marseille, France and
he remained in Europe with the Occupation Forces until March 1946. After his discharge from
the Army Cliff used the GI Bill to obtain an education as an accountant and was hired by
Burroughs Corporation where he worked for 39 years.
Cliff married his high school sweetheart, Inez, on February 11, 1948. This was quite a leap of
faith for her as he did not have confirmation at that time of his hiring at Burroughs. That came
weeks later and they started their married life in Charlotte. The times after the war were rough
for many, including this young couple, however their love for each other and the Lord sustained
them then, and during their 64 years of marriage.
Cliff’s career with Burroughs required many moves and after finding a place for his family to live
one of the first things he did was to find a church for his family to attend. A Christian education
and community for his family was an important aspect of his role as husband and father. Cliff
served as an elder, decon, and church treasurer in several of the churches they attended.
Cliff was an enthusiastic golfer and living in a golfing community was one reason Cliff and Inez
moved to Cummings Cove from Detroit, Michigan when he retired, that and the weather. Once
retired Cliff had the time to play golf and watch his favorite sports on television; in the spring and
summer the Red Soxs and golf all year. During the winter months Carolina basketball was his
Cliff said many times that as he looked back on his life he could clearly see the hand of God
leading him along the way. His early years in rural North Carolina instilled in him the love of
family and relationships, the importance of education, working hard and doing your best, and
being generous with your love and gifts.
The family is appreciative of the care provided by Four Seasons Hospice,and for the therapy
and nursing staff at Life Care, and staff at The Bridge.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in memory of Clifford to Reformation Presbyterian
Church, 120 7th Ave West, Hendersonville, NC. 28792 or Black Mountain Home for Children,
Youth and Families, 80 Lake Eden Road, Black Mountain, NC 28711.
The Padgett and King Mortuary is in charge of arrangements and an online guest registry is
available at www.padgettking.com
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