William Foster

William "Mitch" Foster, 84, went peacefully to meet his God and be reunited with his beloved wife Margaret on January 8, 2014. An only child, he was raised by his grandparents in Richmond, VA. He grew up to be an incredibly generous man who loved giving to those in need. On Sundays after church, he would buy strangers lunch. Numerous times, he went to Appalachia with the Appalachia Service Project to help repair homes. He helped those less fortunate through LINK of Hampton Roads' People Offering Resources Together (PORT) Program, and the Denbigh United Christian Outreach, Inc. (DUCO), among many other charities. After serving in the Marine Corps, he worked at General Electric for 37 years, was transferred to Newport News in 1966, and retired at 58. Upon retirement, he and his wife traveled throughout the world. He was a lifetime member of the Jaycees and a former Gideon. For 47 years, Mitch was a member of Warwick Memorial United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Men. After his wife passed in 2007, he moved to Tappahannock, where he lived with his brother-in-law Randolph Fisher on the family farm, Layton's Landing. He said living there by the river extended his life by years. Most recently, he attended the Upper Essex Baptist Church in Caret. Mitch was preceded in death by Margaret Louise Fisher Foster, his wife of 52 years. He is survived by his daughters, Jan Mason and her fiancé Eric Thiessen of Newport News, and Kim Sherin and her husband, Justin, of Virginia Beach; and five grandchildren: Jonathan Mason, Tiffany Mason, and Mary Margaret Mason Valente and her husband DJ, all of Newport News, and Nick vanGoidtsnoven and Joe vanGoidtsnoven, both of Virginia Beach. Also surviving are his brothers-in-law, Allen Fisher, Randolph Fisher, and J. D. Fisher, and sisters-in-law Janice Swain and Brenda Fisher. A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 18, at the Upper Essex Baptist Church, 3006 Essex Church Rd, Caret, VA 22436, with the Rev. Roy Foster officiating. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Upper Essex Baptist Church Renovation Fund, PO Box 225, Caret, VA 22436.

Published in Daily Press on Jan. 12, 2014