The Times West Virginian

April 12, 2013

Basil ‘Buck’ Foster


Times West Virginian

— On Friday, March 29, 2013, Basil “Buck” James Foster, of Pricketts Creek community, passed away at his home after an extended illness. He was surrounded by his family and friends.

He was born Feb. 11, 1932, in Osage, and was the son of the late Lewis and Ruth Carroll Foster.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 36 years, Sara Virginia (Davis) Foster, who passed away Aug. 22, 1994; one son, Robert Eugene Foster, who passed away Aug. 27, 2011; and two grandchildren, Sara Faith Foster, who passed away Oct. 1, 1994, and Derrick Matthew Vincent, who passed away Nov. 18, 2012.

He is survived by three sons, John Wesley Foster and his wife Joy of Bridgeport, Danny James Foster of Mount Pleasant, Pa., and Thomas Wayne Foster and his wife Jennifer of Cocoa, Fla.; and four daughters, Wanda Jean Stottlemire and Larry Christian of Fairmont, Robin Diane VanGilder and her husband Paul of Fairmont, Sally Lee Hawkins and her husband Donald of Fairmont, and Jill Ann Grant and her husband Kevin of Stonewood.

He is also survived by 16 grandchildren, John W. Foster II, Jason Foster, James Foster, John W. Foster III, Joseph Stottlemire, Paul VanGilder II and wife Erica, Randy J. VanGilder and wife Rebecca, Felicity D. VanGilder, Tabatha V.M. VanGilder, Trista L. Blackstone and husband Brandon, David J. Bock, John M. Hawkins and fiancée Meghan, Jarod J. Foster, Ashley Spurling, Erica Foster and Steven Foster.

He adopted two grandchildren he dearly loved, Kimberly Watton and Aaron Sanford. He also is survived by 10 great-grandchildren, Dayon W. Foster, Kyra Belle Foster, Claire Elizabeth VanGilder, Cameron Martin VanGilder, Aden Allen Blackstone, Brent Eugene Blackstone, Bryson McDaniel, Faith Weiss Spurling, Alesia Stottlemire, Jaden Stottlemire and Marissa Laing Bock.

Basil was a Christian and touched the lives of many people and maintained his sense of humor to the end. He loved his family, had lots of friends and never met a stranger. He loved to work hard and have fun. In his younger years he was involved in Boy Scouts as a scout leader, loved going camping and constructing miniature town and train sets. He enjoyed going to town and working on cars.

Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial service at 1 p.m. Saturday at Samaria Free Methodist Church, Pricketts Creek Road, with Pastor Steve Stemple presiding. At the conclusion of the memorial service, a private family gathering will be held at Hopewell Cemetery in order to carry out Basil’s final wishes.

The family would like to thank the Hospice staff, Lisa Hines, Lonnie Newbraugh, Heather Loughery, Staci Minor and Marci Nigh, for all the care and help to Basil and his family. The world needs more loving and caring people.

The family would also like to take this time to express their greatest appreciation to Paul M. VanGilder for all the loving care he gave his father-in-law, our father, during his time of need. Thank you so much. We know it meant a lot to him.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the family.