Jerry W. Foster

August 21, 1935 - March 31, 2012
Jerry W. Foster

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Jerry Foster, 76, of Wilmington N.C. passed away March 31, 2012 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center after several years of failing health. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 54 years Betty Bishop Foster, and his mother and father, Hazel Woods Foster and Bertelle Burch Foster of Burlington, N.C.

Jerry was born and raised in Burlington N.C. He began working with Burlington Industries Inc. Pioneer Plant as yarn boy as a teenager and eventually advanced to the position of planning supervisor. He later retired after 46 years of service. Jerry had many friends and his wife, daughter and family were very close to him.

All through his life, Jerry had many hobbies and participated in sports of all kinds. He also enjoyed coaching little league baseball and football for the Elks Club in the 60’s. He had a passion for interacting and teaching children the valuable lessons in life and was quite successful at it. He was an avid golfer, and enjoyed playing softball for the company team.

After retiring in February of 1999 Jerry and Betty moved to Wilmington N.C. where they built their dream home and he pursued his favorite pastime of salt water fishing. They were able to enjoy 12 wonderful years there before Betty fell ill in 2006.

Jerry is survived by a daughter Amee Stewart and her husband Greg of Sophia N.C., a very special brother in law, fishing buddy and best friend, Vance Williams of Wilmington N.C., 5 kitties, Suzie, Bo, Wild Bill, Dottie and Matt of the home, sisters Anne Carden(husband Bill ) of Haw River, Patsy Mahan of Burlington, and brothers Fred Foster (wife Wanda)of Myrtle Beach S.C., David Foster (wife Donna) of Apex, N.C.,and Tony Foster of Graham, N.C., many nieces and nephews and extended family.

He will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him. No formal service is planned however, there will be a private family burial at a later date. In lieu of flowers please support a nationwide ban of tobacco products at American Lung Association ( or contribute in his honor to Friends of Felines (

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  • April 05, 2012
    Terry Johnston says:
    I want to offer my heartfelt condolences to your family at the loss of Jerry. I played for Jerry with the Elks midget football team in 1964 and 1965. He was one of the best coaches and men that I have ever known, I loved playing for him and have thought of him often over the years. Again you are in our thoughts and prayers at this time of loss. Sincerely greatful to to a fine man who taught all of us who played for him many lessons that we have carried for all of these years. Sncerely, Terry Johnston