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James Earl "Jimmy" Foster Jr.

Foster JamesJames Earl Foster, Jr., 72, passed away Thursday, December 6, 2018.  Jimmy was born in Bedford, Virginia on August 24, 1946, a son of the late James Earl Foster, Sr. and the late Marvis Turpin Walker. He graduated in the first class of Liberty High School where his football teammates called him “Hoss” Foster.  During the Vietnam War, Jimmy served as a medic in the U.S. Army stationed in Italy.  After his honorable discharge he earned an apprentice degree from Meredith Burda. Jimmy entered the printing industry and enjoyed a 40+ year career. He leaves four children to honor his memory, Heather F. Garrett (Carter), James Earl “Spike” Foster, III (Karen), Erik Mitchell Foster (Caitlin) and Lucas Graham Foster; four grandchildren, Foster, Lucienne, Greyson and Odessa; a sister, Carol F. Kutz (Warren), brothers, Jack V. Foster (Mary Lou) and John Wayne Foster; nieces, Theresa Overstreet (David), Vicky Wolford (Bobby), Tammy Overstreet (Paul), Cassie Bush (Ryan), Kecia Purser (David); and the mothers of his children, Katherine Updike and Deborah Nance. Jimmy dedicated a huge chapter of his life to helping people in Alcoholics Anonymous, through the prison ministry, sponsoring and speaking at numerous meetings.  It was a gift for him as well as those he touched. Jimmy’s children would like to thank Carol and Warren Kutz for taking care of Jimmy the final year of his life.  They were a true blessing to him. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Safe Harbor Community Church building fund, 800 Peaksview Street, Bedford, VA 24523. A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m., Sunday, December 16, 2018, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford with Rev. Jerry Parr officiating. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

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