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Deacon Kelly  Miller Foster, Sr.

Memorial for Deacon Kelly Miller Foster, Sr.

Born in Bastrop County, Texas on Sep. 4, 1919
Departed on Nov. 16, 2012 and resided in Austin, TX.
Visitation: Friday, Nov. 23, 2012
12 pm - 7:00 pm
Service: Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012
12 pm
Cemetery: Cook Walden Capital Parks
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Deacon Kelly Miller Foster, Sr. was the third of 8 children born to Charles Henry and Jessie Mae Dupree Foster on September 4, 1919 in Bastrop County. He died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on November 16, 2012.

At the age of nine years old, Deacon Foster professed a hope in Christ and was baptized in Utley, Texas. In 1935, he and two of his brothers moved to Austin, Texas to attend high school and secure employment. That same year he joined Greater Mount Zion Baptist Church under the pastorate of Rev. N. S. Brown. He graduated from L. C. Anderson High School in 1939 where he played basketball. Later, he served in the U. S. Army as a Platoon Sergeant during World War II and while in the Army, he married his high school sweetheart, Thelma Scales. After completing several tours of duty, Deacon Foster returned to Austin and earned certificates from People's Business College and Crescent Institute of Electronics. He was employed at the Continental Trailways Bus Depot as a porter. Later, he was promoted and became the first African American ticket agent for this company and served also as a night manager. Deacon Foster retired after 35 years with Continental Trailways, but continued his part time jobs, lawn and maintenance services, which he dearly enjoyed over the years.

Deacon Foster was a Christian gentleman and will be remembered for his strong faith, his kindness, integrity, hard work and devotion to his family, relatives and friends. He was a member of Greater Mount Zion Baptist Church for 77 years and gave many years of service to the Deacon Board, usher Board #2 (former President), Brotherhood, Sunday School (former Assistant Superintendent), Training Union, Church Finance Committee and Greater Senior Ministry. He is also a member of Lyons Jr. Lodge #290, the Original L. C. Anderson Alumni Association, Original Anderson Alumni Austin Chapter and Chestnut Neighborhood Association.

Deacon Foster attributes his accomplishments to putting God first in his life and living by the Golden Rule (Do unto others as you would have them do unto you). These values were instilled in him by his parents who were also members of Greater Mount Zion. He always said that they taught him and his 7 siblings by example and through the lives they lived.

Deacon Foster was preceded in death by his parents, 1 sister, Naomi Foster; 2 brothers, Rev. Charles J. Foster and Fred D. Foster. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 69 years, Thelma Scales Foster; 2 daughters, Barbara Foster Wilson of Austin, TX and Jo Ann Foster Lewis of Manor, TX; 3 sons, Kelly M. Foster, Jr. and wife, Sylvia of Katy, TX; John T. Foster and wife, Eliese of Austin, TX and Charles E. Foster and wife, Sandra of Manor, TX; 9 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; 1 sister, Lue Etta Foster Houston of Austin, TX; 3 brothers, Oliver T. Foster of Los Angeles, CA, Lawrence A. Foster and wife, Eleasie and Lloyd L. Foster and wife, Leatrice of San Antonio, TX; sisters-in-law, Carlos B. Foster of San Antonio, TX and Vernese N. Foster of Austin, TX; nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.

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