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05/16/18 - NNHS Newsletter - Billy Foster

William Thomas Foster
(10 Nov 1928 - 13 May 2018)

Newport News High School Class of 194_

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

 
   We have still more sad news today. Billy Smith, Class of 194_, passed away in Newport News on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 13, 2018 at the age of 89. 

     He was predeceased by his siblings, Mary "Peaches" Foster¯ Walker, Doris Foster Harrison, and Harry "Buster"¯ Foster.


From the Daily Press - 05/16/18:

    William Thomas Foster
   

 

 
 
  NEWPORT NEWS - William Thomas "Billy" Foster, beloved son, father, and grandfather, went to be with Our Lord on May 13, 2018.

He was born on November 10, 1928 in Warwick County, Newport News, Virginia.

Our father was a very proud alumnus of Newport News High School where he played football and ran track. His athletic and academic achievements resulted in a college scholarship, which he chose to forego in order to attend the Newport News Apprentice School.

His time at the apprentice school was cut short by the Korean War. He served in the USAF from 1951-1954 as a Radio Technician, stationed at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois and Westover Air Force Base in Massachusetts. He was proud to serve his country and often remarked that those years were an invaluable experience for him.

Upon returning home from his wartime service in 1954 he began his lifelong career with the C&O Railroad, first as a brakeman and later as a yardmaster. He made many friends while in service with the railroad and thoroughly loved his job. He retired in 1990 after 36 years of faithful service.

He was a proud father and grandfather and an excellent provider. He worked long, hard hours in order to take care of his family. He stressed hard work, academic success and most importantly, a sense of personal responsibility and fair play to his daughters. His sage advice has helped us through many trials in life. He was also a fun-loving Dad with whom we had many wonderful times. His example taught us the importance of being kind. He never met a stranger and would always stop to help those in need, including many stray furry friends. He had so many friends during his lifetime, many of whom passed on before him. He will be forever loved, missed and never forgotten.

While he spent the majority of his life on the peninsula, he was able to build his dream home on the Severn River at Stumps Point in Hayes, VA. He served as his own general contractor, performing most of the work on his own and contracting out only select jobs. The home was situated such that it had a stunning view of the Severn River and mouth of the Mobjack Bay. The remoteness of the property lent itself to such a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere that could only be broken by our father's osprey friends. The ospreys were really more like permanent residents as they had their own nest and regularly birthed and raised their young there. They brought him so much joy over the years and are so fondly remembered in our hearts.

We are proud of our father for many reasons, not least of which, for how he handled the debilitating effects of Parkinson's disease. He faced a horrific disease with courage, patience, strength and grace. We know that he is now free of pain and is at peace; and while our hearts are broken because he is not here with us, we can rejoice that he is with God.

He is preceded in rest by his parents, Mamie Malvina Haight and Harry Howard Foster; his stepfather, J.T. Cox; his sisters, Mary "Peaches" Walker and Doris Harrison; and his brother, Harry H. "Buster"¯ Foster, Jr.

He is survived by three daughters: Lisa (Eddy) Ausura, Darcie (Larry) Akin and Laura Foster; 10 grandchildren, Mary Selvy, William Foster, David (Jessica) Ausura, Andrew (Sarah) Pard, Rachel (Tony) Brand, Sarah Ausura, Katherine Ausura and Bethany Ausura, Bradley Pard, and Matthew Foster; and two great grandchildren, Michael and Madison Selvy.

We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the staff at James River Convalescent for their loving care of our father. May God bless you in your work.

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, May 19, at Peninsula Funeral Home with the family receiving friends beginning at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. The burial will immediately follow the service in Peninsula Memorial Park. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.

Published in the Daily Press on May 16
, 2018.
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   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Billy's family and friends at this difficult time.


  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol

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Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
910-584-8802



The Strife Is O'er, the Battle Done

Text: Anonymous Latin; translated by Francis Pott (1832-1909)
Music: Giovanni P. da Palestrina; arranged by W.H. Monk (1823-1889)
Tune: VICTORY, Meter: 888 with Alleluias
 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
The strife is o'er, the battle done,
the victory of life is won;
the song of triumph has begun.
Alleluia!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
The powers of death have done their worst,
but Christ their legions hath dispersed:
let shout of holy joy outburst.
Alleluia!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
The three sad days are quickly sped,
he rises glorious from the dead:
all glory to our risen Head!
Alleluia!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
He closed the yawning gates of hell,
the bars from heaven's high portals fell;
let hymns of praise his triumphs tell!
Alleluia!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
Lord! by the stripes which wounded thee,
from death's dread sting thy servants free,
that we may live and sing to thee.
Alleluia!


"The Strife Is O'er, the Battle Done" midi (extracted with the kind assistance of my son, Nathaniel Harty of IL)
and lyrics courtesy of http://www.oremus.org/hymnal/t/t368.html - 10/26/10
Thanks, Nathaniel!

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of http://gregolsengallery.com – 01/27/05

Animated USAF Flag clip art courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/KevsGifsGalore/Patriotic.html - 06/18/03

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.bravenet.com - 08/12/04

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