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John R. Foster

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John Radney Foster, 77, passed away on Friday, May 9th, 2008 at his home in San Antonio. Johnny was born April 13th, 1931 in Del Rio, Texas to Radney Foster and Mary Lou Carothers. After graduating from Del Rio High School in 1948, Johnny received his undergraduate degree from the University of the South at Sewanee, Tennessee in 1952, and graduated from The University of Texas School of Law in 1955. Johnny proudly served his country in the United States Army, both active duty and in the Reserves, from 1956-1962. Johnny entered private law practice in 1958 in Del Rio and had a long and rewarding career with Lowery, Foster and Hodge. Johnny was a true gentleman who enjoyed helping others. In addition to his private practice, Johnny served as the City Attorney, County Attorney, and a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, where he received the Judge Sam Williamson Award for services rendered to state and local bar associations. He served as past president of the Val Verde County Bar Association, past president of the Border District Bar Association, and a board member of the State Bar of Texas from 1989 to 1992. Johnny was a member of St. James Episcopal Church in Del Rio where he served as vestryman, senior warden, junior warden, trustee, choir member and a lay reader. Johnny was a Rotarian and served as a Trustee of the University of the South and board member of the Del Rio National Bank from 1975-1989. Johnny was an accomplished golfer, tennis player, an ardent UT fan, and he loved the San Antonio Spurs. Johnny is survived by his wife of 54 years, Bette Loise Muckleroy Foster, four children: Abby Foster Tolin and husband Brad, Radney Foster and wife Cyndi, Loise Foster Kirchner and husband Lee and Jim Foster. Ten grandchildren survive: Joshua Riggs and wife Mariah, Ben Oakley, Julien Foster, Ali and Mia Tolin, Ava and Leo Kirchner, Jackson and Maureen Foster; great-grandchildren: Rowan and Phoebe Riggs. MEMORIAL SERVICES SAN ANTONIO SERVICE Mon. May 12th, 2008 4 PM St. Luke's Episcopal Church 15 St. Luke's Lane, SAT 78209 Rt. Rev. Gary Lillibridge, Rev. Chip Prehn, officiants. A reception will follow. DEL RIO SERVICE Tue. May 13th, 2008 5 PM St. James Episcopal Church 206 W. Greenwood St. Del Rio, Texas 78840 Rev. David Chalk, officiant A reception will follow at 117 Hudson Dr. The reception in Del Rio will be held in the home of Nan and Bill Fritsch where Johnny and his family lived for 74 years. The Foster family would like to thank Dr. David Gordon, Dr. Carlos Hernandez and their staff at Cancer Care of South Texas for their wonderful care of Johhny. Also, many thanks to the staff of Vista Care Hospice. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Luke's Episcopal Church and School, St. James Episcopal Church and School or to the University of The South, Sewanee Annual Fund, Thompson Union, 735 University Ave., Sewanee, TN. 37383 or online at sewaneeannualfund@sewanee.edu. To leave a note for the family, please visit www.meadowlawn.net and select Obituaries. Arrangements by Meadowlawn Crematory and American Mortuary, San Antonio, Texas. Meadowlawn Memorial Park.

Published in Express-News on May 11, 2008
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