Charles Foster

Charles Foster

Tuesday, May 24th, 1921 - Friday, December 6th, 2019
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Mr. Charles G. Foster, 98 years, of Jefferson City, Mo., went home to be with his Lord surrounded by his family on Friday, December 6, 2019.

He was born May 24, 1921 in Ohio, Mo. a son of Walter Levi and Nelle Jamison (Higgins) Foster. He was married on August 3, 1947 in Hartshorn, Mo. to Virginia Faye Cloninger who preceded him in death on October 30, 2006.

Charles was a 1939 graduate of Weaubleau High School in Weaubleau, Mo., a 1951 graduate of Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo., and received his Master’s Degree from the University of Missouri in 1956. He lettered in basketball all four years in high school and played basketball two years at Missouri State, where he was also a member of the Phi Delta Kappa Fraternity.

He served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II from May 14, 1942 to November 24, 1945. For his service, he was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, a Victory Ribbon, three Bronze Battle Stars, five Overseas Bars, and five Overseas Hashmarks.

Charles began his career as a high school teacher (1946-1956) in Weaubleau, Eldorado Springs, and Clinton, Mo. He accepted a job in Jefferson City with the Missouri Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education (1956-1982) and worked his way up to Director of Pupil Personnel Services. He then went to work as an educator with the University of Missouri (1982-1988), trained DARE officers at the Missouri State High Patrol (1989-2001) and the Missouri Police Chiefs Association (2001 until his retirement in 2010).

A resident of Jefferson City since 1956, Charles was an active member of the First Baptist Church and currently served as Deacon Emeritus. He was active in the church’s Stephen Ministry, served as a Sunday School teacher, and a church Trustee. He was also a member of the Missouri State Teachers Assn., the Missouri Guidance Assn., the American Personnel and Guidance Assn., the American Vocational Assn., the Missouri Retired Teachers Assn., the Cole County Retired Teachers Assn., and the AARP.

He was an avid quail hunter, trout and float fisherman and enjoyed working crossword puzzles. He always planned one week each summer at Montauk State Park with family and friends. He spent time in all fifty states but always preferred Missouri. He authored a book about his life for his sons, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. His church, his God and his family were the delight of his life.

Survivors include son, Gene D. Foster (Teresa) of Jefferson City; daughter-in-law, Karla Foster of Jefferson City; brothers, Robert Foster (Irma) of Maryland Heights and Paul Foster of Independence; sisters, Dorothy Pulliam of Corpus Christi, TX, Betty Honey of St. Charles, and Maxine Wood of Versailles; six grandchildren, Stephanie Duke, Mandee Carney, Tyler Foster, Wade Foster, Kristen Foster, and Jenna Foster; and six great-grandchildren, Landon Carney, Garrett Carney, Aubrey Foster, Hayden Carney, Carson Foster, and Davis Duke.

He was preceded in death by: his parents; wife, Virginia; and son, James Foster.

Visitation will be at Freeman Mortuary, 915 Madison St. from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 10, 2019.

A funeral service will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at First Baptist Church with the Reverend Dr. Doyle Sager officiating. Graveside services and interment with military honors will be conducted at Hawthorn Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to First Baptist Church or the American Cancer Society.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, December 10th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Tuesday, December 10th, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Freeman Mortuary
    915 Madison Street
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  • Service

    Wednesday, December 11th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Wednesday, December 11th, 2019 10:00am
    First Baptist Church
    301 East Capital
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  • Interment

    Hawthorn Memorial Gardens
    4205 Horner Road
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Your GLS Insurance Group Family, With all our love - Bob & Irma (and the Fosters), and other have sent flowers to the family of Charles Foster.
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Posted at 09:09am
Charles and his staff in Guidance Services at DESE were a source of leadership and inspiration to me when I came to DESE in 1968. His Father, Walter, was a Realtor and helped us locate at 2712 Wesley Street. My wife, Jane, worked in Guidance Services in the 1970's.
T.J. Feeler 105 Greenbrier Drive, Sikeston 63801 573-380-3235

Ed Moses

Posted at 05:47pm
DARE Officers would like to share a message Charlie shared with each of the graduating classes since 1990. This is a poem he said he memorized in early elementary. He would recite this from memory each time. A tribute and Thanking God for the ultimate Bridge Builder He sent us.

The Bridge Builder

An old man, going a lone highway,
Came at the evening, cold and gray,
To a chasm, vast and deep and wide,
Through which was flowing a sullen tide.

The old man crossed in the twilight dim;
The sullen stream had no fears for him;
But he turned when safe on the other side
And built a bridge to span the tide.

“Old man,” said a fellow pilgrim near,
“You are wasting strength with building here;
Your journey will end with the ending day;
You never again must pass this way;
You have crossed the chasm, deep and wide –
Why build you the bridge at the eventide?”

The builder lifted his old gray head;
“Good friend, in the path I have come,” he said,
“There followeth after me today
A youth whose feet must pass this way.

This chasm that has been naught to me
To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be.
He, too, must cross in the twilight dim;
Good friend, I am building the bridge for him.”

Will Allen Dromgoole

Charlie Foster (5-24-1921) recited this at each DARE graduation from memory (1990-2005). He memorized this in early elementary.

Your GLS Insurance Group Family

Posted at 12:12pm
We pray the love of God enfolds you during your journey through grief.
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Kim hawkes

Posted at 10:54am
Dear Foster Family, I am not able to be to Charles's funeral but I wanted to reach out and express the condolences of the D.A.R.E. family. I had the privileged of meeting Charles on the occasion of a D.A.R.E. Training. It was evident from our first meeting that he was a man committed to doing good. He has influenced for good countless lives of children and adults through his passion for teaching. Charles will be missed. I know the loss you are feeling as family but I know that there is no sorrow on this earth that heaven cannot heal. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as a family. Thank you for sharing this great man with us.
Kim W. Hawkes
Central Regional Director
D.A.R.E. America

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Posted at 07:51am
Our Deepest Sympathy. Love Jay & Tammy Honey and Family And. Mike & Carolie Owens and family.
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