Edward Josiah Foster, Jr. was blessed by the Lords Angels and whisked away to Glory Land on Monday, November 11, 2013 following a short stay in the hospital at 77 years of age. Eddie Joe was born in Artesia, New Mexico to Edward Josiah Foster, "Joe" and Birda Ann (Hastings) Foster on July 27, 1936. Eddie Joe's family moved to Lockney, Texas where he started as a freshman at Lockney High School. While only a sophomore, he began an everlasting love, for the love of his life, in Elizabeth Ann (Belt).
Following high school Eddie Joe attended Southern Methodist University where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta. After the first year he transferred to Texas Tech University where he needed to protect his interest in Ann and they were married while attending college. Eddie graduated with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting.
Eddie Joe was a hard worker in every aspect of his life. While at Texas Tech University he was the president of the Air Force ROTC. Following college he served the United States of America in the Air Force as a Second Lt. in the Pay Roll Accounting Division stationed at Sheppard Air Force Base and Chennault Air Force Base. While in Lake Charles Louisiana Eddie was the State Treasurer for the Louisiana Jaycees. After an honorable discharge he and Ann moved back to Lockney with two sons, David Alan and Edward Josiah III (Jody), where he started a life of farming, raising cattle and soon after added two daughters, Melanie Ann and Karyn Maye.
His drive for serving others and his community didn't stop there, Eddie was a long time member of the Floyd County Fair and served as President, officer of the Lions Club, and then the work really began once his children became members of 4-H. Eddie touched many young people's lives while an Adult Leader for Floyd County 4-H and presided as President of the Floyd County Jr. Livestock Show Assn. He also coached many baseball and basketball teams. Again he wasn't through; he served 9 years on the Lockney Independent School Board as a trustee and President.
Once his sons had finished college the challenges kept coming. His drive to excel was evident as the family embarked into the cotton ginning industry, D&J Gin, and served as a director for the Texas Independent Ginners Association.
Eddie Joe enjoyed a "good argument" but more so, he enjoyed spending time getting to know people. He would take the time to really get to know you!
Eddie is survived by his wife Ann Foster, two sons, David and wife Dar Lee (McPherson) Foster, Jody and wife Shawnda Ann (Brock) Foster, two daughters, Melanie Foster and Karyn Murray. Five grandchildren, Addie Lee Foster, Elizabeth Senee' Foster, William David Foster, Segayle Rose Foster, and SyAnn M'Kay Foster.
Preceded in death were his parents and a sister Betty Jean Steelman, and a grandson Luke Foster.
2nd Timothy 4:6-8 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
Titus 1:8 But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate.
Family Visitation Wednesday, November 13, 5:00 thru 7:00 Moore-Rose Funeral Home, Lockney TX
Services Thursday 2:00 p.m., November 14th, Main Street Church of Christ, Lockney TX
Lubbock Children's Home, Main Street Church of Christ, or a special
Published in Ruidoso News from Nov. 14 to Dec. 13, 2013