James Foster, Jr.

James Foster, Jr. was called home by his Heavenly Father on May 14, 2020 after succumbing to a long battle with Parkinson Disease.

Service Information:

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Monday, May 18, 2020 at Lake Shore Funeral Home. (Per current Covid-19 Mandates, only 50 people will be allowed in at a time.)

Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, May 19 at 10:00 AM at Greater Waco Baptist Church with burial to follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

James was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama to the late James Foster, Sr. and Louise Foster. He was one of five children. His death was preceded by his four siblings.  He was a product of the Tuscaloosa County Public Schools. He was a stellar high school student and a star baseball and football player.  He attended Jackson State in Jackson, Mississippi where he played on the school’s football team.

He was married to the late Bettye Louise Foster for 35 years. To this union they had five children: Donald (Wanda), Darryl (Tracy), Darbara “Debbie” (Eric), S. Tyrone (Michelle), and Janice (Wallace). James was a great example of a Christian man, he exemplified how to live an honorable life. He set the ultimate example for his children; as he showed commitment to God and family, love for others, accepting responsibilities by making the necessary sacrifices.

James Foster, Jr.  retired as Master Sergeant after 22 years of distinguished military service in the United States Army. He served in locations such as Vietnam; Fort Campbell, Kentucky: Colorado Springs, Colorado; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Panama Canal Zone, Ft. Lewis, Washington; Seoul, Korea; Bremerhaven, Germany, and Fort Hood, Texas.

His military awards and decorations included the Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal (Silver 1 loop), National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 2), Vietnam Service Medal (w/4 Bronze Service Stars), Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 1), and the Master Parachutist Badge.

James was employed with the United States Postal Service in Bellmead, Texas where he worked in various capacities and established many great relationships. James retired from the Post Office after 19 years of faithful service.

James was blessed beyond measure when he married the loving Bettie Jean Foster in November 1999. James’s family increased as he gained additional daughters, Tammie Johnson and an honorary daughter, Crystal Woods. James was truly a family man, he loved all of his children and spoke fondly of them. James was a praying man who prayed for all of his children and he admonished his children to serve the Lord.

James professed Christ as his Savior at Clover Creek Baptist Church in Tacoma, Washington where he served faithfully. James was a dedicated Christian servant where he worked as aSunday School teacher and as a Deacon. After moving to Waco, he joined Bellmead Calvary Baptist Church (BCBC) under the leadership of Pastor James Adams. James continued his Christian service at BCBC presently known as Greater Waco Baptist Church, under the leadership of Dr. Gerald McKelroy.

He leaves to cherish his memory: Joanna DeCuuire- his devoted caregiver of four years. His beloved grandchildren: Tasha Brazwell, The Late, Tiffany Brazwell Dr. Kawanta Durham, Autumn Friedmansky, Donnie Foster, TJ Foster, Eric Simmons II, Christian Foster, Vanessa Foster, Derrick Foster, James Simmons, Jordyn Foster, Nicole Eason, and Ariel Eason, a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, andbrothers and sisters-in-law.His devoted friend, Myra Patterson, and special friends, Lee Butler, Isaiah Philips, Greg Dobbins, Corey Jamison, and Thomas Sanders. James’ loving memory will also be cherished by his church family and friends.


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Condolence Messages

  1. James G Adams

    To all the dear Foster Family, please be assured of my fervent prayers in the homegoing of my DEAR FRIEND and your loved one. Bro. James was one of the finest Christian men I have known and always a credit to the Saviour he served. His faithful testimony by word and daily life touched and encouraged so many. God led him and the family to our church during a critical period to move us forward in our vision to become a community of believers mirroring the genuine love and compassion of our dear Lord. The positive impact of James’ life and ministry on our church is a lasting legacy for which all of us, and especially his family, can celebrate! My sincere love and prayers!

    Bro. Jimmy
    Romans 8:31-39

    • "Debbie" Foster-Simmons

      Thank you “Brother” Pastor Jimmy, I really appreciate your heartfelt words of comfort about our Beloved Dad. He loved you dearly and serving the Lord under your Pastorate at BCBC. You mean so much to our family. I WILL all ways remember that special trip that you made to Alabama. It was more meaningful that you officiating my wedding.

  2. Jerry Miller USPS (ret.)

    Truly one of god’s chosen people prayers and blessings are
    With the family

  3. So sorry to read of Brother Foster passing. He and Bettye were very respected at the old Bellmead Calvary Church… They are both reunited in a far better place. God’s blessings to all the family

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