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RVDA mourns passing of Crosby Forrest

RVDA mourns passing of Crosby Forrest
Crosby Forrest

POQUOSON, Va. — Crosby Carroll Forrest, 74, a native and lifelong resident of Poquoson, passed away Jan. 5, his family announced.

“Crosby was instrumental in bringing dealers across the country together to form RVDA,” said RVDA President Phil Ingrassia.  “He was a driving for professionalism in RV retailing and was recognized by his peers many times for his service to the RV industry.  The industry has lost a legend.”

He was a Class of 1960 graduate of Poquoson High School; attended Hampton Roads Business College; and was a member of Emmaus Baptist Church in Poquoson, where he was instrumental in the funding of the Christian Outreach Center (COC building).

Crosby founded Dixie Trailer Sales which is now Dixie RV Superstore in 1966. He was involved with all aspects of the dealership up until his death.

He enjoyed so much seeing his family work together and having the same passion for the industry he so loved, his obituary noted. Crosby always stated the formula for success at Dixie RV Superstore were the employees.

Above all else, Crosby said his foundation for everything in life and business has been his wife Mary Virginia.

Crosby was a 50-year member, and key member in the creation and development of the RV Dealers Association, including service as past chairman, vice-president, treasurer, and currently board member with the association.

He has earned numerous awards, including the Jim Summers Award, RV/MH Hall of Fame inductee, Coast Largest Mid-Atlantic Distribution Top Dealer Award, Monaco Coach Top Dealer Award, Better Business Bureau Top Business Award, and 2008 and 2009 Top 50 Dealer Award.

Crosby was preceded in death by his parents, Margaret Carmine & Coston “Bear” Forrest Sr.; granddaughter, Brittany Nicole Dalheim; brother, Coston Forrest Jr.; maternal grandparents, Maggie and Floyd Rollins; paternal grandparents, Martha “Baby Sis” & Crosby Forrest Sr.; and his beloved canine companion, Teensie.

Crosby is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mary Virginia Forrest; daughter, Virginia Lynne Forrest Dalheim and husband Dennis Jr.; son, Crosby Layne Forrest and wife Elizabeth Katherine; grandchildren Dennis Paul “Trey” Dalheim III, Jacob Charles Forrest, Ryan Wallace Forrest, Ella Claire Forrest, Olivia Grace Forrest, Sadie Elizabeth Forrest, and Graysen “Little Mary” Forrest.

The family will receive friends Jan. 13 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home in Poquoson. A celebration of a true southern gentleman will be held Jan. 14 at 2 p.m. at Emmaus Baptist Church, led by Pastor Dan Cromer. Interment will follow at Weston Cemetery in Poquoson.

Following interment, all are welcome to a reception at the Poquoson Yacht Club, located at 417 Messick Road in Poquoson. Memorial contributions may be made to the Poquoson Volunteer Fire and Rescue, P. O. Box 2099, Poquoson, VA, 23662.

Online condolences can be made at claytorrollins.com.

SOURCE: RV Dealers Association and Crosby Forrest obituary

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Greg Gerber is a freelance writer and podcaster who has been writing about the RV industry since 2000. He is the former editor of RV Daily Report and can be reached at greg@rvdailyreport.com.

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