James E. Foster, 71, of Carlisle, passed
away on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at his home. He was born on June 16, 1946 on the Foster Farm to the late
Ralph and Bertha (Miller) Foster of Carlisle and has been married to Lillie (Wetzel) Foster close to 50 years.
His early Big Spring
days started by walking a mile to Locust Point, his one room school, where he learned The Village Blacksmith poem which he
could still recite.
He worked at Maslands, Carlisle Tire and
Rubber, M&S Construction (who built Western Village with a jail, Saloon and gunfights). Jimmy also
worked 32 years for Agway Energy driving transport from terminal to terminal.
He enjoyed camping, driving his 46 Willys
in the mountain , Four-Wheeling at Tower City, snowmobiling in New York and Yellowstone, traveling all over the U.S., attending
Rendezvous and going to Benezett to see the Elk. He looked forward to buck season and packing his canvas
sack full of snacks and coffee for the day.
He liked Kevin Wickard’s public sales and any flea market around, especially the Dairyland flea market
near Bellville, always finding a treasure to bring home. He also liked to sit at Foster’s Garage
and talk to anyone who came through the door. He liked the country fairs and organized several Foster Reunions.
James also liked watching his garden grow, cooking and canning anything that was ripe.
He attended Gods Missionary Church in Bloserville
from time to time, since he was a young boy.
In addition to his
wife, James is survived by his daughter, Carol and husband Jason Lindsay of York, S. Carolina, his son Daniel and wife Missy
Foster of Carlisle and step-grandchildren; Zack, Jen, little Zane Orner and Brock Bull, all of Hays Grove, Newville.
Jimmy also has a sister, Shirley Deihl of Carlisle whom he phoned every day. There are many nieces,
nephews, an ocean of lifetime friends who called and visited thoughtfully and his favorite dog Flash.
James is predeceased by two brothers; Ralph
Jr., baby Stephen, his beloved sister, Dorothy who died in 2014 and little Charlotte who died in 1983.
We want to thank Jimmy’s many friends, here at home and those out of state who called and talked about
the good old days that made Jimmy’s days go by faster. Also thanks for all the food, cards, prayers
and many visits. All of these kept Jimmy’s spirits up and going. A special thanks
to Tabitha- Tiffany and Dalton for their help this past year.
Funeral services will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 23, 2018 in the Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, 630
S. Hanover St., Carlisle with Pastor Ken Gordon officiating. Burial will be in Cumberland Valley Memorial
Gardens, Carlisle. A viewing be held on Sunday, April 22, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.
to send condolences.