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Foster, James Ernest

Foster, James Ernest

Male 1920 - 2011  (90 years)

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  • Name Foster, James Ernest 
    Birth 30 Aug 1920  Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Name Slick 
    Reference Number 7924 
    Death 19 Jan 2011  South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Burial First Baptist Church of Yanceyville, Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I7795  Caswell County
    Last Modified 24 Feb 2024 

    Father Foster, Ernest Osber,   b. 1 May 1899, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 2 Mar 1969, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 69 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Poteat, Isabella,   b. 13 Jul 1902, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 11 Jan 1990, Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 87 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Marriage 30 Nov 1919  Reidsville, Rockingham County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Reference Number 55151 
    Family ID F4181  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Zimmerman, Katherine,   b. 28 Apr 1925   d. 31 Mar 2003 (Age 77 years) 
    Marriage 1947 
    Reference Number 279305 
    Children 
    +1. Living
     2. Living
    Family ID F4183  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 24 Feb 2024 

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 30 Aug 1920 - Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - 19 Jan 2011 - South Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBurial - - First Baptist Church of Yanceyville, Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    James Ernest Foster
    James Ernest Foster World War II
    James Ernest (Slick) Foster World War II
    James Ernest Foster 2007
    James Ernest Foster Flight of Honor
    James Ernest Foster at Senior Center
    James Ernest Foster and Cedrick Jernigan at Senior Center

    Headstones
    James Ernest Foster Grave Marker at First Baptist Church of Yanceyville
    James Ernest Foster Grave Marker at First Baptist Church of Yanceyville

    Newspapers
    James Ernest Foster in WWII, News and Observer (Raleigh, NC), 30 July 1944
    James Ernest Foster in WWII, News and Observer (Raleigh, NC), 30 July 1944

  • Notes 
    • James Ernest Foster (1920-2011)

      James E. Foster

      Drug Store: Yanceyville, North Carolina

      James Ernest Foster (1920-

      James Ernest Foster (1920-

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      Foster Family Photographs
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      "I know Slick (James) was in the Air Force during WWII. He was something on a plane like bombadier or tail-gunner or navigator I forget. I know because the soldiers had to accrue so many points to rotate back home and his job accrued points fairly quickly due to the danger. He accrued his points in about a year while my Uncle Clifton was in supply and it took him 3 years. Mrs. Bella made the comment that Slick got his work done and came on home which didn't sit well with my grandmother (Mama Kate Smith) who took it to mean that Uncle Clifton wasn't working as hard as Slick. We got a lot of laughs retelling the story over the years." Source: Allen Smith Post to CCHA Facebook Page 16 December 2011.

      Let me tell this story for posterity...my Uncle Clifton Smith went into WWII in December 1941 and went overseas on the Queen Mary which was recently outfitted as a troop carrier. They had to go around the horn of South America because the ship was too big for the Panama Canal. They stopped in Rio de Janeiro for some reason but did not allow the soldiers off the ship. Uncle Clifton said the soldiers almost cap-sized the ship because everyone went to one side trying to get a look. Anyway, Uncle Clifton wound up in New Guinea and his job was in supply. Well it took forever for poor Uncle Clifton to earn his points to come home. Slick, however, was on a bomber and he acrued his points relatively quick (due to his job, it took Uncle Clifton 3 years). One Sunday at church, Miss Bella (Slicks mom) commented that Slick got his work done over there and came on home. My grandmother Mama Kate Smith (Clifton's mom) got to thinking about the comment on the way home from church and somehow construed it to mean Uncle Clifton wasn't doing his job and that's why he wasn't home yet. She wanted to go give Miss Bella a piece of her mind but Papa Jake Smith said naught. Slick and Uncle Clifton were good friends all their lives. Both were powerful great men from the greatest generation. Source: Allen Smith Post to CCHA Facebook Page 09 December 2014.
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      World War II Service Record
      Name: James E. Foster
      Date of Entrance in Service: August 13, 1942
      Branch of Service: Air Force, 345th Bomb Group, 501st Squadron
      Training Stations: Amarillo, Texas; Seattle, Washington; Charters Tower, Australia; Scott Field, Illinois
      Parents' Name: Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Foster
      Date of Embarkation: May 14, 1943
      Theater of Operations: Asiatic-Pacific, New Guinea
      Medals Earned: American Theater, Asiatic-Pacific with three Bronze Stars, one service stripe and two overseas bars, Good Conduct, Air Medal with two Clusters.
      Date Returned to United States: August 15, 1944
      Discharged: Seymour-Johnston Field, North Carolina, October 16, 1945.
      Rank: Technical Sergeant.
      Time Served: Thirty-eight months.

      Source: Service Record Book of Men and Women of Yanceyville, N.C., and Community, Sponsored by the V.F.W. Post No. 7316 (1947-1949).

      1930 US Census
      Name: James Foster
      Home in 1930: Yanceyville, Caswell, North Carolina
      Age: 9
      Estimated Birth Year: abt 1921
      Relation to Head of House: Son
      Father's Name: Ernest
      Mother's Name: Isabella
      Household Members: Name Age
      Ernest Foster 31
      Isabella Foster 27
      James Foster 9
      Richard M Foster 7
      Virginia Dorris Foster 5
      Lillie Aner Foster 3
      Bettie Jane Foster 8/12
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      James E. Foster April 1968

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      Yanceyville - James Ernest Foster, 90, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011, in Fort Mill, S.C., at his son's home, surrounded by family. James was born in Caswell County on Aug. 30, 1920, the son of Ernest O. Foster and Isabella Poteat Foster. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife of 57 years, Katherine Zimmermam Foster and his brother Richard Foster. He is survived by his two children, James B. Foster of Fort Mill, S.C., and Donna Kay Clark of Yanceyville; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He also is survived by three sisters, Doris Foster Norwood of Burlington, Lilly Ann Vernon of Greensboro and Betsy Webster of Orlando, Fla.; two brothers, Lindsey Foster of Sutherlin, Va., and Duke Foster of Yanceyville.

      James was a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Yanceyville, which he loved dearly. In recent years, he also spent many hours of fellowship and laughter with friends at Yanceyville Drug Co. and the Senior Center. Known as "Slick" to his family and friends, James always put love of God and family at the center of his life. James grew up in Caswell County, the oldest of seven children, farming and helping run the family's dairy business. He served proudly in World War ll with the Army Air Corps in the Southwest Pacific. As part of the 345th Bomb Group, he flew 50 combat missions from Port Moresby, New Guinea, to Biak Island and Rabaul. The military awarded him the Air Medal with two clusters. He was a member of the American Legion Post 0089 and a member of VFW Post 7316 in Yanceyville. He also was a member of the 5th Air Force Memorial Foundation and a charter member of the World War ll Memorial Foundation. After returning from the war, James became a banker, and retired as President and CEO of the Washington Production Credit Association in Washington, N.C. In addition to living in Washington, he and his family lived in Dillon, S.C, Elon and Burlington. Wherever he lived, James always became a part of a church community and was active in Rotary and Lions Clubs.

      Funeral services will be held on Monday, Jan. 24 at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Yanceyville. The family will receive friends in the church fellowship hall following the Military Graveside Rites. American Legion Post Number 0089 and VFW Post number 7316 will offer the graveside rites. The family wishes to thank the amazing care givers of Hospice of York County, S.C., and Care Haven for their care and support. Harrelson Funeral Service is assisting the Foster family with arrangements.

      Obituary courtesy The Times-News (Burlington, North Carolina) 22 January 2011.

  • Sources 
    1. Details: The Heritage of Caswell County, North Carolina, Jeannine D. Whitlow, Editor (1985) at 435-436 (Article #568, "Albert Lindsey Poteat" by Mrs. Inez Poteat Calvert).