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Julia Katherine Foard

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Hendersonville-- Julia Katherine Littlejohn Foard, "Kat," was gathered into the arms of Jesus on Monday, October 26, 2015.
Kat was born February 19, 1926, to Grace Parker and Samuel Crawley Littlejohn in Gaffney, SC. She attended Limestone College for two years; then graduated from University of Georgia in 1946 with a Baccalaureate of Science in math and physics. She was the valedictorian of her class and a member of Phi Beta Kappa scholastic fraternity and Kappa Alpha Theta social sorority.
Kat worked as a physicist testing aircraft lighting equipment for three years in the research laboratory at the National Bureau of Standards in Washington, DC. While in Washington, her childhood friend Annette Hatcher (now Roper) introduced her to her future husband, William Williams Foard -- and she was the love of his life. They married October 15, 1949, in Gaffney, and during their sixty-six years together they were each other's best friend. They were nicknamed "the love birds" by those who knew them.
Kat and Will had five children, to whom they were wonderful parents! Their children and their spouses are: Julie and Lou Toffaletti, Meg and Jimmi Accardi, Bill Jr. and Betty Foard, Libby and Mike McKee, and Ginny Foard. Their grandsons and their families are: Jason, Taura, and great granddaughter Posey Toffaletti; David and Stephanie Toffaletti; William Foard, III; Matt McKee; and Stuart McKee.
Kat earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at East Carolina University in 1980, and became a Certified Public Accountant in 1986. She worked as a CPA until her retirement. Kat loved to read, and had almost completed the coursework for a Masters Degree in library science when they moved from North Carolina to Atlanta, Georgia. Her love of reading was a wonderful legacy passed to her children. It was also the impetus for one of her proudest accomplishments. After retirement, Kat and Will moved to Auburn, Alabama, and Kat volunteered for the Laubach Literary Society as a reading teacher for adults. She mentored Jerry, who had quit school to work and support his siblings when his father had died. Jerry wanted to read to his grandchildren and read the Bible aloud in church. A serendipitous result was that as Jerry learned to read, he received promotions at work, and his income doubled. Several of his relatives also learned to read after seeing Jerry's success, so the future became brighter for his extended family as a result of Kat's help.
Kat and Will had many boating adventures together: first on sailboats, and then on a trawler Will designed. They spent a number of months sailing in the Bahamas and around the Florida peninsula on one extended trip. They have also greatly enjoyed the friendships made which resulted from Will's service during WWII as a P-51 pilot. A trip to England, reunions of the 357th Fighter Group, and invitations to air shows initiated by the Robert Dicksons' P-51 restoration enriched their life together. Visits to Wilmington, NC, to see relatives there, have also been very special.
The family wishes to thank the many relatives and friends who have blessed and supported Kat and Will, especially in the last few years.
An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting www.thosshepherd.com. Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors and Cremation Memorial Center is in charge of the arrangements.

Published in The Times-News from Oct. 29 to Oct. 30, 2015
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