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Howard Gordon Foster Obituary
Howard Gordon Foster

A Celebration of Life Service for Howard Gordon Foster of Lyman will be held Friday, March 5, 2010, at 2:00 PM at the Episcopal Church of the Advent. The Rev. Sue Perrin and the Rev. Dr. Clay Turner will officiate. After the service, the family will receive friends in the vestibule of the church's Family Life Center.
Mr. Foster died Sunday, February 28, 2010, at the Spartanburg Regional Hospice Home after a very long illness. Born in 1923 in Spartanburg, he was the son of the late Bernard Augustus Foster and Lillie Harris Veazey Foster.
He attended Wofford College until the outbreak of World War II, when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and trained as a Naval Aviator. He flew a carrier-based torpedo bomber in the South Pacific and survived a kamikaze attack while aboard the USS Hancock. After the war, he returned to college and graduated from the University of Delaware. With some of his brothers, he owned and managed SPAPCO, a retail packaging company headquartered in Spartanburg. He was a founder and president of the National Retail Packaging Association and was named to Who's Who in Packaging.
He was a member of the Lions Club of Spartanburg, a charter member and senior warden at St. Matthews Episcopal Church of Spartanburg, and a longtime member of the Church of the Advent.
He is survived by his wife, Jo Anne; three sons, Jim Foster of Columbia, Mark Foster of Greenway, AR, and Russell Foster of Charlotte; a daughter, Susan Oliver Storey of Lincolnton, NC; and two step-sons, Charlie Oliver of Muscle Shoals, AL, and Joe Oliver of Lyman, SC; and 15 grandchildren, Erin Oliver; Christian, Graham, Cameron, and Grayson Foster; Ashley Storey Hutchins, Kassie, Allison, Hannah, Rebecca, and Michael Storey; and Frank IV, Katy, Caroline, and Megan Uzzolino.
Also surviving are a brother, Philip Foster; and a sister, Jeanne Foster Clark, both of Spartanburg; a brother-in-law, Bill Law of Lexington; and a sister-in-law, Nan Foster Duke of Kingstree.
He was predeceased by a sister, Dorothy Foster Law of Lexington; and five brothers, Bernard A. Foster, Jr. of Washington, DC, Ralph Foster of St. Cloud, FL, Julian Foster of Spartanburg, Donald Foster of El Paso, TX, and Edwin Foster of Spartanburg.
Numerous nieces, great-nieces, nephews, great-nephews, cousins and three great-grandchildren also survive him.
Memorials may be made to Autumn Care of Saluda, 501 Esseola Drive, Saluda, NC 28773.

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Published in Spartanburg Herald-Journal from Mar. 4 to Mar. 5, 2010
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