NORTH CAROLINA – Fred Lewis Foster, Jr., age 81, passed into the hands of the Lord on Monday, April 8th, 2024, at his home in Mocksville, NC after his battle with Alzheimer’s. He was surrounded by his family’s love from both near and far.

Born and raised in Maine, he lived in several towns and split time between his grandparents’ farm and home and even lived with aunts and uncles at times when his mother was sick. He was the 3rd child of 15, born to Fred and Virginia (Gilman) Foster.

After graduating High School, he attended The Salvation Army School for Officers in Boston, Massachusetts. From there he found himself a Captain in the Salvation Army in Herkimer, New York. It is in Herkimer that he met and married the love of his life, Carole Saunders. Together, for over 50 years, they raised 3 sons, James, Jon, and Brian.

Fred’s faith was always an important pillar in his life and for many years he served as a Methodist Minister in the North Columbia Church, South Ilion Church and in Columbia Center.

Fred found his calling in the Newspaper business. He began working selling advertising for the Herkimer Evening Telegram. From there, he used his “gift of gab” and became Advertising Manager for the Utica Observer Dispatch, to Cincinnati, Ohio as Advertising Director, then to Somerville, New Jersey as President and Publisher of the Courier News. After spending 4 years in New Jersey, he returned to Utica as President and Publisher of the Observer Dispatch. It was there that he caught the eye of Harte Hanks Company and took a job as President and Publisher for the Anderson Independent-Mail in Anderson, South Carolina in 1991.

He cared about each employee and was not above helping them out in personal ways, be it advice, home repairs, hosting them at his home on Lake Hartwell, or any other way when someone needed him. He worked there until his retirement in 2007, but that didn’t stop him from helping others. In Anderson, he really found his calling to give back to the community. In addition to his ability to positively motivate his staff to meet budgets and goals, he gave a significant portion of his own time to the community.

In Anderson he served on many committees. In 2004 he was awarded the Communitarian of the Year award from the Partners for a Healthy Community. He was on upwards of 18 or more community boards over his nearly 30 years in Anderson. Among them the Salvation Army Advisory Board from 1992 – 2004 serving as chairman from 1994 – 1996. He also served on the Anderson Area Medical Center Board of Trustee’s for many years in various rolls including Chairman from 1999 – 2000. Awards and Recognitions included, in 1999 Fred was selected to serve as a South Carolina Ambassador for Economic Development receiving recognition from the Governor Jim Hodges. In 2001 he was elected to President of the South Carolina Press Association.

But Fred was not all work. He enjoyed playing golf, his classic cars, NASCAR Races, Clemson Football and Basketball Games but most of all he enjoyed his family. In the beginning years and his children grew up they enjoyed camping trips during the summer and the annual trip to Maine to connect with more family. He also enjoyed backyard sports with his kids, and nieces and nephews.

He was particularly close and fond of his Granddaughters, Elizabeth and Sarah Foster, and was very proud of their accomplishments.

He is survived by his Son, James (Jen) Foster, Son, Jon (Heather) Foster, Son, Brian (Deborah) Cady; Grandchildren, Elizabeth (Ben) Olsen, Sarah Foster, Hope (Jim) Howard, Heather Reid, Jazzmyne Constable, Sier Ferrell.; Great-Grandchildren, Vivian Sage Constable, Natalie Drummond, Logan Davis & Xavier Reid; Brother and sisters-in-law, Gene (Cathy) Saunders and Donald (Donna) Saunders; Siblings, Josie (Jim) Quimby, Mildred Levesque, Preston (Davida) Foster, Cynthia Foster, Scott Foster, Sally (Bert) Goyette; and Sisters-in-law, Sue Foster, and Mary Foster.

Fred had many Nieces and Nephews; closest to him were Michael Saunders, Robert Saunders, Bonnie Saunders, Gail Saunders, Laura Saunders, Linda Saunders, Amanda Walsh, Penny Turcotte, and many others too many to list, among them great and great-great Nieces and Nephews. Know that he loved you all.

He was preceded by his beloved wife Carole Foster; his parents, Fred and Virginia Foster; siblings, Frida & Westley Foster, Rose, Mark Foster, Joe Foster, Larry Foster, Barbara (Claude) Beaucage and Matthew Foster.

Friends and relatives are invited to attend Fred’s visitation on Saturday morning, April 20th, 2024 from 11:00AM – 12:00 Noon at the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Town of Frankfort, Ilion, NY (315) 894-8000. Fred’s Funeral Service and Celebration of Life will commence on Saturday at 12 Noon, immediately upon the conclusion of visitation. Burial will take place at Cedarville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to a local community charity in Fred’s name.

The Family would like to thank the staff of Trellis Support Care, Novant Health, and Bassett Health Care for their help and support in taking care of Fred.

Final arrangements were pre-arranged and entrusted to the Enea, Ciaccia & Applegate Funeral Directors.

Online notes of sympathy may be left at www.eneafamily.com