Roy Elwood Foster, 99, of Channing, died Thursday, July 11, 2013.
Graveside services will be at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at Channing Cemetery with Bob Miller officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Roy was born Oct. 26, 1913, in their home in Wood County near Winnsboro, to Charles E. and Sarah Wright Foster. He was raised on a farm near Alba with two sisters and seven brothers. He attended Alba High School and excelled in basketball.
Roy worked for Howard Hughes Tool Co. of Houston in the oil fields of West Texas and Eastern New Mexico. He was inducted into the U.S. Army in Farwell at age 26. He served with the Texas 36th Infantry Division from 1941 to 1945, where he served in North Africa, Italy, France and Germany. He participated in Beach Head landings in Salerno, Anzio, and Southern France.
Roy married Evadna Holley of Muleshoe in 1945 in Big Springs. They raised a family of four children.
After World War II, he was a farmer and also worked as a roughneck, a salesman and truck driver. He has been a resident of Channing since 1972, where he worked as the Channing school maintenance man and school bus driver until he retired in 1987 at the age of 78. He maintained close ties to the teachers and former students of the Channing Independent School District.
He never lost interest in farming and ranching and loved to associate with cowboys and ranchers in the area. He also kept up with farm and ranch news as well as rodeo participants he knew. He was a avid reader of historical books and documents related to the High Plains. He maintained a keen interest in his children and their families. He was a member of the Church of Christ.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Evadna, in 2004.
Survivors include a brother, Paul Foster and wife Carol of Alba; two sons, Michael Foster and wife Dianna of Amarillo and R.D. Foster of Grapevine; two daughters, Katie Beckett and husband David of Midland and Susan Adams of Durant, Okla.; 10 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.