Reid M. Foster, 87 WWII Veteran Dies September 26

Published 2:18 pm Monday, August 16, 2010

SEPTEMBER 30 – Reid M. Foster, 87, of Douglas Church Road, Farmville, died Friday, September 26, 2008. He was the husband of the late Bessie M. Foster.

He is survived by two grandsons, Lee Gifford and Ken Gif-ford and wife, Miriam; two stepsons, Herbert Gifford and Kenneth Gifford and wife, Barbara Ann; two step-grandchildren, Ken Earl Gifford and wife, Joan and Debbie Gifford and her two daughters, Danna and Maggie.

Preceding him in death was his stepson, Leland T. Gifford; niece, Jean Ann Wilson; nephew, Walter W. Hamlett Jr.; two great-nephews, Walter Thomas Foster Jr. and Thomas Jason Gilliland, and a great-great nephew, Robert Allen Martin II.

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Mr. Foster was born March 25, 1921 in Charlotte County to the late Thomas and Ola Deaner Foster. He was the youngest and tallest of 10 children. Sisters, Mary Sue Wilson Bloxton, Virginia Watkins, Lacy Hamlet, Dorothy Hogan and Pearl Ranson, and brothers, William, Ernest, Raymond and Roy Foster have all predeceased him.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII and Purple Heart recipient. He retired as Chief of Police at the Naval Ammunitions Depot at Saint Juliens Creek in Portsmouth.

Walking with the Lord was a major part of Reid's life. His first church was Concord Baptist in Charlotte County to which he rode a horse and wagon. Then in Portsmouth he attended First Pentecostal Holiness Church and has attended Spring Creek Baptist and Mount Nebo Baptist Churches since returning to Prince Edward County.

Funeral services were held Monday at Concord Baptist Church, Germantown Road, Charlotte County, by the Rev. Tony Reeves and the Rev. Roland Grenouillou. Interment followed in the church cemetery with military honors.

Shorter Funeral Home, Farmville, was in charge of arrangements.<br />