Celebrating the life of Henry A. Foster
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Soon after graduating high school, he entered the Army with hopes of becoming a pilot. He was a Veteran of WWII, Private First Class in Company B, 183rd Engineer Construction Battalion, and a qualified M1 Marksman. He served as electrician and bridge carpenter, and was honorably discharged from the United States Army in June 1945. He courted and married Bettie N. Wingo in 1948, the daughter of the late Richard and Violet Wingo of Jetersville, Virginia. The two raised 6 children in the house on the farm that Henry built with the help of his brother James. He was a lifetime builder, farmer, politician, helper and keeper of the community. He loved tending to his fruit and vegetable gardens and what he couldn’t use he always shared generously. He planted enough for everyone. He didn’t like to see a seed go to waste.
Henry was a man of very few words and a man of many words. When he had something to say, it didn’t matter what you thought or your opinion, he would be certain to express his whole opinion. Then you either had food for thought or you would act based on his rational and reasonable assessment. Most people knew, when Henry had something to say or you had to sit back, relax, and stay for a while. He was always going to start at the beginning, and tell the life event , no matter whether he was testifying about his faith, politics, or an initiative that benefitted the community.
As demanding as being a lifetime farmer could be, Henry also dedicated much of his life to his community, and the sense of responsibility that was inherently made him who he was allowed him to hold many titles and positions within the community, too numerous to name here (Insert).
He along with his brothers and good family friends were avid fishermen and hunters which transitioned into the establishment of the Morven Hunt Club. Being the go getter, organizer and builder that he was, he was also very instrumental in the building of his home, the barns and sheds on his property, additions to the church, his church (Chester Grove Baptist), and the merging and building of the Obidiah Bethany Masonic Lodge #170 in Amelia, County.
He is preceded in death by his brothers, brothers-in-laws and sister-in-laws: Clarence Foster (Mary), James “Bob” Foster (Virginia), McKinley Foster, Daniel Foster (Celia*); and sisters: Alice Lipscomb (William) and Marie F. Bingham, Carolyn Wingo. He leaves to cherish his loving wife of 71 years, Bettie W. Foster; 6 children: H. Lorenzo (Sheila), Ralph, Lorraine, Denise (Franklin), Cindy (A. Nicholas), and Terri; 6 grandchildren: Robin, Shanae (Matt), Sheri, Taryn, Naomi, and Tayler; 1 great grandchild: Jaiden; 4 sisters: Gertrude Lewis (John*), Bettie F. Barley (Russell*), Vernell Thomas (Samuel) Evelyn Solomon; two sisters-in-law: Mary V. Wingo, Maxine Wingo (Charlie*) and 1 brother-in-law: Richard Wingo Jr.; his adopted son and daughter: Garland and Carolyn Montague; Devoted nephew and niece: James A. and Valerie Foster; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral Services Friday, March 13, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Chester Grove Baptist Church, 12535 Fowlkes Bridge Rd., Amelia, VA 23002. Interment church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers please make contributions to:
1. The American Cancer Society, Amelia County Chapter in C/O Mrs. Valeria Foster 11800 Fosters Lane Amelia, Virginia 23002
2. The Christmas Father in C/O of Bekki Morris the Amelia Monitor, Amelia, Virginia 23002
Michael W. Hawkes Funeral Home of Amelia in charge of arrangements.
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