(February 6, 1930 to August 11, 2023)
Robert (“Red”, “Bob” and “Papaw”) Foster, went to be with his Lord on August 11, 2023.
He was born on February 6, 1930 in Port Nechez, Tx to Connie and Myron Foster. He grew up in Walnut Grove, Mississippi surrounded by cousins, aunts and uncles that he loved dearly. He had many good memories of growing up in that small town.
“Red” joined the Air Force in 1950 and served for 10 years. He served his country during the Korean War and after, as a cryptographer sending security messages to his government superiors. During his service career he was stationed in England, Spain, French Morocco, and Washington DC. He had the highest security clearance. While in England he fell in love with and married his wife, Joyce, and stayed married for 57 years.
After leaving the service he began his career in the trucking industry in Mississippi, driving eighteen wheelers and later dispatching them. He actually testified to a Congressional hearing related to setting safety guidelines for truck drivers. He also served as a safety expert conducting classes and serving as a safety manager.
In later years after Joyce passed away, he moved to the Rio Grande Valley in his 80’s to spend time with his brother, Buddy. The two of them sang together and performed with bands at “Jams” where they played for audiences. They always ended their performances with a favorite hymn. He loved the years in the “Valley” where he and his brother spent much time together. There he also met his special friend, Miss June. They both enjoyed the Jams and dancing together.
In MARCH of 2023 he moved to Attalla Al, to Cherry Creek Village, where he performed several times for the residents there. The residents there loved him and he loved them.
He is survived by his three girls, Janet Berch (John), Carolyn Webb (Jim), and Susan Akers. He is survived by one brother Marshall (Buddy, Red) Foster (Mary) and one sister Darleen Patin (Francis). He is survived by 7 grandchildren, 18 Great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife, Joyce, by his mother, Connie Eakin Foster and by his Dad, Myron Foster, his brother, Paul Foster, his son-in-law Larry Akers, and his nephew Tom Foster.
He loved his Lord and Savior, fishing, singing and making everyone he met happy. He never met a stranger and until his last day on this earth, had a positive attitude, a love for the Lord and a love for his Country.
Services will be held in the Charter Funeral Home Chapel Thursday, August 17, 2023. A visitation will be held at 10 am followed by a service at 11 am. Robert will be laid to rest with military honors in the Alabama National Cemetery at 12:30.