Mr. John D. "J.D." Foust
1927 - 2014
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John David "J.D." Foust died September 2, 2014, at Rex Hospital, following a brief illness.
He was born in 1927 at Snow Camp, North Carolina, the son of Harvey Clinton Foust Sr. and Aileen Thompson Foust. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1949 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Recreation and in 1967 received a Master of Science Degree in Public Administration, also from UNC.
After a stint in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, he was working with the Sanford City Recreation Department when he met his wife of 62 years, the former Betty Jean Sanders, a beginning public school teacher from nearby Lemon Springs.
In 1952 they were married and moved to Thomasville where he went to work for the City Recreation Department and became its director in 1955. They lived in Thomasville for nine years.
In 1961 he joined the North Carolina Recreation Commission in Raleigh.
In 1965 he became coordinator for state and federal relations for the newly formed Community College System and was instrumental in getting hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal grants for numerous local colleges across the state.
In 1970, he became Director of State and Federal Programs, N.C. Department of Administration and continued procuring grant money for community colleges and local governments.
In 1976, he joined the late Harlan Boyles, State Treasurer, as Secretary of the Local Government Commission and later was named Deputy State Treasurer, a position he held until retiring in 1989. In that capacity, he was responsible for managing the state's debt and selling bonds for various agencies of state and local government. During his tenure, the state finally paid off the mountain of debt it had accumulated since before the Great Depression and earned its Triple A Credit rating.
Upon retirement he became a financial consultant with the Wall Street Firm, Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette Security and a trustee for the NC Capital Management Trust.
J.D. was employed for a total of 39 years in local and state government. He served with six governors: Terry Sanford, Dan Moore, Bob Scott, Jim Holshouser, Jim Hunt and Jim Martin.
J.D.'s hobbies included antique automobiles, woodworking, gardening and beekeeping.
Taking care of his honey bees was a passion since the early 1990s when a swarm of bees showed up on his farm in Snow Camp. It was the same farm on which he was born and grew up. It was the same land once farmed by his grandfather.
Not long after he became interested in beekeeping, he was elected president of the Wake County Beekeeping Association and also became involved in the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association (NCSBA) where he served on various committees, 2nd vice president and then lst vice president.
In 2003, he was elected NCSBA State President. Under his leadership, membership doubled from around 800 to more than 1,700, boosted by a grant from the Golden Leaf Tobacco Fund that awarded 500 colonies of honey bees to newcomers. Some 2,800 applications were received to participate in the program. That was North Carolina's response to the threat to honey bees posed by an invasion of parasitic mites that killed all of the feral honey bees at that time and destroyed half of all domestic colonies.
Membership in the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association has doubled again, giving it claim to being the largest beekeeping organization in the United States.
Also during J.D.'s leadership a formal campaign was begun to raise a quarter million dollars to build a unique honey bee exhibit at the NC Zoo. That exhibit is now one of the most popular attractions at the zoo and has drawn interest from beekeepers around the world.
For their contributions to beekeeping, J.D. and Dr. Betty Jean Foust were jointly awarded the NCSBA's highest honor in 1980, the McInver-Hass Lifetime Achievement Award.
Along the way, J.D. became a Master Craftsman Beekeeper, the highest level of proficiency in the state's Master Beekeeping Program. Another achievement that brought him a great deal of pride was being awarded the rank of Eagle Scout.
"While revered State Treasurer Harlan Boyles was the trusted keeper of the state's public purse, J.D. Foust made certain that purse was always secure," said Thad Woodard, President of the North Carolina Banker's Association, and neighbor. "His many decades of service helped assure North Carolina's fiscal conservative reputation. He lived his life as he fulfilled his job."
He was a member of the Edenton Street Methodist Church since 1962.
He was preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by a younger brother, Harvey Clinton Foust Jr.
He is survived, in addition to his wife, by a sister-in-law, Mrs. Faye Bunn of Spring Hope; nieces, Mrs. Frieda Hood and husband, Danny, of Goldsboro; Mrs. Harriet Cook and husband, Fred, of Spring Hope; sister-in-law, Rose Foust of Morganton and nephews, Harvey Foust of Morganton and Michael Foust of Morganton.
A graveside service will be held on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Bethel United Methodist Church cemetery, Snow Camp, N.C. A memorial service will be held on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Edenton Street United Methodist Church, Raleigh, N.C. with a reception of guests to follow.
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September 7, 2014
So sorry to hear of J.D.'s passing. Betty Jean you have my family's deepest
Sallie Thompson
September 5, 2014
we are sad to hear of J.Ds passing. if
we can help you in any way please let us know.
philip and bill thompson
philip and bill thompson
September 4, 2014
Tom and I are away from town, but send our deepest regrets to you, Betty Jean, and all your family. The last time we saw J.D. was a Mayview. He was listening to a concert and eating ice cream. What a wonderful gentle man he was. Blessings to you in your loss. Lib and Tom Campbell
Lib and Tom Campbell
September 4, 2014
All the Boyle family, from Chapel Hill, Raleigh,New York and Philadelphia send a warm hug to Betty Jean. We know our Pop Pop is glad to his friend, and they are now plotting their next adventure. with love.
September 4, 2014
Ron and I were so sorry to hear of J.D.'s passing. We are out of town and won't be able to make the service, and we are sad about that. J.D. and my mother were 2nd cousins. My mom told me that the last time she saw him he had come to visit and brought her a bag of turnip greens. We will all miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Betty Jean.
Catherine & Ron Perry
September 4, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Betty Jean and the Foust Family.
Carroll & Hattie Boyles
September 4, 2014
JD was an instant friend when he came to Thomasville and an unheralded master at managing the state's fiscal affairs. We will miss him.
Bob Farrington
September 4, 2014
Rose Cromartie
September 4, 2014
My condolence to Betty Jean and the family and appreciation for sharing his life with those of us who knew him growing up in the Bethel U M C neighborhood. God Bless and keep you in His loving care. Agnes Garrison
September 4, 2014
I knew J D as a co-worker in the Department of Community College.He was a honest man with many talents and he shared them with enthusiasm and effectiveness. His family has many great memories to cherish, including Freuda Hood who I just learned was his niece My sympathy to his wife and family, Herman Porter..
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