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Forest Keevil Hart, 71

Forest Keevil Hart, 71, of Falmouth, passed away on Monday, June 3, 2013, at the Harrison Memorial Hospital in Cynthiana.

He was born in Harrison County on August 11, 1941, and was the only child of the late Charles Melvin and Hallie Frances Holmes Hart. He married Patricia "Pat" Newberry Hart on September 26, 1959, and his dear wife survives his passing.  "Keevil," as he was known, joined his father's Pontiac and GMC truck dealership, Hart Auto Sales, on Second Street in Falmouth. At one time, their business was the oldest Pontiac dealership in the Cincinnati district. Following the flood of 1997, he started working for the Pendleton County School System driving a bus. He was a deacon and member of the Falmouth Christian Church and a member of the McDonald's Breakfast Club. Keevil continued a legacy of saving lives, helping others, and providing a vital public service through the Falmouth volunteer fire department, which was introduced to his family by his late father, Melvin Hart. He was a member of the Falmouth Fire Department from 1962 until 1998, during which time he was a lt. captain and asst. chief, before serving as chief in his last six years. In a "Kentucky Enquirer" article dated February 14, 1997, Keevil was quoted as saying, "I just joined the fire department because of Dad. I enjoyed the fire department, and it just grew and grew with me."

Surviving, in addition to his wife of 53 years, are children, Phillip and Mark (Lisa) Hart, both of Falmouth, Marty (Julie) Hart, Angie (Doug) Lovelace, both of Alexandria; grandchildren, Jacob Hart, Kayla Hart, Kasey Lovelace, Ryan Lovelace, Mason Lovelace, Brandon Hart, Logan Hart, Molly Hart, Hannah Hart and Morgan Hart; great-grandson, Ryland Hart; companion, Sparky; and a host of extended family and friends.

The funeral services were held on Thursday, June 6, 2013, at the Woodhead Funeral Home, Falmouth, with Bro. Joe Hall and Bro. Rick Halcomb officiating.  Serving as pallbearers were Jacob Hart, Ryan Lovelace, Mason Lovelace, Brandon Hart, Logan Hart, Doug Lovelace, Randy Taylor, Steve Taylor, and Jeff Taylor.  The honorary pallbearers were the members of the Falmouth Fire Department. Music was shared by Hannah Hart, Brandon Hart, Michael Cummins and Timmy Cummins.

Interment took place in the Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Pendleton County.

Memorials are suggested to the Falmouth Christian Church, 303 W. Shelby Street, Falmouth, KY 41040, or to the Melvin Hart Toy Drive c/o the Falmouth Christian Church.  Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.woodheadfuneralhome.com