D’IBERVILLE, Miss. (WLOX) - Billy Forehand and Alan French were two D’Iberville sports stewards, cherished community members who were taken too soon and abruptly by heart attacks within two hours of one another.
On Friday, hundreds gathered at the D’Iberville football stadium to pay their respects and celebrate the gentlemen’s lives.
For the last week and a half, much of D’Iberville has mourned, but on Friday night they came together to celebrate what made Forehand and French so special.
”Just their passion. They had a passion for what they believed in,” said one family friend.
Forehand was a simple man who took great joy in giving back.
”There is a few things that he loved. That’s his family, the marines, which he served in, and he loved D’Iberville sports. Period,” said Billy’s son Jeremy Forehand.
Both Forehand and French were on the chain gang for the Warriors, but they also coached youth sports for decades, shaping the lives of thousands here in south Mississippi.
”They will never be forgotten because you can look around our community and see what passion and determination and what love they had for D’Iberville,” said one d’Iberville sports coach.
Another stressed it’s because of the D’Iberville duo that so many have found happiness.
”To Alan and Billy, kudos to a job well done. We will take it from here. Thank you, guys.”