AMORY – The Rev. William D. Foster, 77, died on Saturday, March 23, 2013, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Born on May 29, 1935, in Houston, he was a son of the late Jessie Franklin and Lillie Terry Foster.
He attended Houston schools. On April 3, 1953, he married Alice Levena Soden. While owning and operating Big River Furniture in Nettleton, he began pastoring part-time and later became a full-time minister.
Pastoring for 25 years, he was a member of Nettleton Pentecostal Church and Apostolic-United Pentecostal Church International. He started churches in Smithville and Okolona. Guided by his faith and love for God, he led many to Christ, sharing Acts 2:38 as the plan of salvation. Very talented, he loved to sing and play the guitar. He enjoyed living out his faith, being with his family, country gospel, and, when he was younger, fishing and hunting.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Alice Levena Foster of Amory; daughters, Joanne Foster-Wiginton (Rev. Phillip) of Hazelhurst and Brenda Foster-Murphree (Roy Lynn) of Amory; son, David Wayne Foster (Sherry) of Amory; sister, Dorothy Louise Mills of Nettleton; stepsister, Margaret Martin of Houston; brothers, John Foster of Amory and Roy Foster of Nettleton; grandchildren, Latosha J. Murphree-Hall (Bruce D.), Eric B. Wiginton (Shawn Minich), Tonya L. Murphree-Salisbury (Jason), Tishunda L. Foster, Ashley L. Foster-Gray, Jordan R. Wiginton (Kayla Lindley), Alison L. Wiginton-Cliburn (Seth) and David Tyler Foster; great-grandchildren, Brooklynn D. Hall, Jaiden T. Wiginton, Olivia G. Salisbury, Landon G. Roberts, Sophie B. Wiginton, Kamden B. Salisbury and Bethany D. Hall; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Kevin M. Wiginton; brothers, Lonnie L., Grady F. and Ervin H. Foster; and great-granddaughter, Savannah J. Hall.
A celebration of life service was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Nettleton Pentecostal Church with the Rev. Larry Davis, the Rev. Phillip Wiginton, the Rev. Jason Salisbury and the Rev. Jordan Wiginton officiating. Burial was in Haughton Memorial Park.
Pallbearers were Eric B. Wiginton, Jordan R. Wiginton, David Tyler Foster, Jason Salisbury, Seth Cliburn, Jaiden Wiginton and Landon Roberts.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.