Dr. Josephine Alexander Foster, 86, of Stony Point, passed into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior on Sunday, September 10, 2017 at Iredell Memorial Hospital in Statesville.

Dr. Foster was born in Iredell County, October 5, 1930, and was the twin daughter of the late William Thomas Alexander and Vivian Johnson Alexander of Alexander County.

She attended Stony Point schools, and then she received her Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (then known as the Women’s College of North Carolina).

On June 9, 1957, she married Richard Harrison Foster, who precedes her in death. In 1963, Dr. Foster received the first doctorate awarded under her alma mater’s new name of University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

During the course of her esteemed career, Dr. Foster served in the Home Economics and Child Development departments at Columbia College, East Carolina University, Virginia Tech and Appalachian State University. She also performed in an administrative capacity with the Alexander County School system. After her retirement from the State of North Carolina, she served on the Catawba Valley Community College Board of Trustees for ten years. She was also the co-author of a textbook, Creative Living, for four editions.

Dr. Foster was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Floyd Thomas Alexander, and her twin sister, Geraldine Alexander Cranford.

Left to cherish her memory are her son Richard Harrison Foster II (Joanie) of Boone and her daughter Amanda Foster Call (Farley) of North Wilkesboro. In addition, she is also survived by her beloved grandchildren Lauren Foster, Ridge Graham and Abby Foster, as well as two special nieces Priscilla Crutchfield and Sharon Robbins (Rodney), and special cousins Patricia Anderson and Micki Earp (Larry).

Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 pm Friday September 15, 2017 at Stony Point United Methodist Church. Pastor Donnie Durham will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will visit with friends from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. prior to the service in the fellowship hall. 

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to either Stony Point United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 120, Stony Point NC 28678, or Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Relief Fund, P.O. Box 3000, Boone NC 28607. 

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I offer my heartfelt condolences to Richard, Amanda and the Foster, Alexander family and friends of Ms. Josephine. When death robs us of someone we love very much, it causes much sadness and grief. Our loving heavenly Father, Jehovah God (Psalm 83:18) gives us hope at Revelations 21: 4 says: "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore." Isaiah 33:24 guarantees us: "And no resident will say "I am sick," ever again. May these promises from Jehovah God bring you comfort. None of us are guaranteed tomorrow, but we are all guaranteed a resurrection. (John 5:28, John 6:40, John 11:23-25, Acts 24:15) Again, the family is in my prayers and I offer my heartfelt condolences.
Julie Jarmon - Dothan, AL
Brian and I wish to express our condolences at the loss of your Dear Mother. We wish for warm memories to cheer you and love to surround you. She was an inspiration in life to many,and we loved her dearly Sharon & Brian
Sharon Alexander-Gold & Family - Tampa, Fl.
Dear Family,
We know this is a difficult time for you and we want you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Jo has been a wonderful friend and neighbor and it will not be the same without her around. When we moved in our home 54 years ago your grandparents were our neighbors and when your grandmother needed her Jo came home to take care of her so we have been neighbors for a long time. Jo loved working in the yard and a couple of times Carl was not able to work in the yard and she always came to help out. She was a remarkable woman and we are surely going to miss her, the neighborhood just want be the same without her around. We know you, her family, will also miss her deeply. May God bless you as you face the days ahead.
Carl & Boots Kerley - Stony Point, NC
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Four Eggers - Boone, NC
OH, how sorry I am to hear of Dr. Jo's passing! I worked along side her to make our schools the best they could be. She was funny, smart & compassionate! She never treated anyone others as if they were less than herself! I loved hearing her laughing & cutting up! What a wonderful Mother y'all had!!! What a great legacy she left to carry on!!! The world has a huge empty place now without her!!! I'm happy for her that she is at Home, but, the world HAS Lost a great LADY!!! May YOU ALL find ''...the peace that passes all understanding..."! Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you all now and for the days, weeks  months ahead!!!
C. Hefner
CYNTHIA HEFNER - Taylorsville, NC
Dr. Jo was such a wonderful mentor, role model, and friend to me throughout my career. She was the epitome of the true professional educator; and I was and will always be so very blessed to have known her, worked with and for her,  and learned from her. Rest peacefully, Dr. Jo, and know that you have touched many, many lives in a positive way.
Dr. Dianne Little - Taylorsville, NC
I am so sorry for your loss.  Dr. Jo was a special lady and she will be greatly missed.
Susan Gantt - Hickory, NC
Dr. Jo was such a sweet and kind lady.  I had the privilege of working with her through Alexander County Schools.  I'm sorry for your loss.
Tracy Russell - Taylorsville, NC
My prayers and thoughts are with you at this time of grief.  She was a very special lady and I am honored to have known her.
Blessings to each of you,
Tommye McNeely - Stony Point, NC

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