Mrs. Essie Hill Foster age 102 formerly of Iron Station, North Carolina transitioned on Saturday, September 5, 2020 at Lincolnton Rehabilitation Center. She was born in Lincoln County, North Carolina on June 27, 1918 to the late LeRoy Hill and Emma Ross Hill. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, William Pete Foster, a daughter, Emma Lumford and a son, William Foster, Jr. “My mother is an amazing woman who led by example,” her daughter Bernice Ross said. “She believed in working hard and taught her children to do the same. If there was a little more daylight and a little more cotton to pick, we did it because she said, ‘don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today.’ She loved God and her family and taught them to love God and each other.” Affectionally known as “Mrs. Essie,” “Aunt Essie,” “Mama” and “Grandma,” she was a great cook who always planted a big vegetable garden, canned and preserved what she got from it, and raised pork and chickens. She could feed an army and still have leftovers. She loved to watch baseball and Jeopardy.
Funeral Service will be held Friday, September 11, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. in White’s Family Chapel with burial to follow in Mt. Vernon Baptist Church cemetery.
She leaves fond memories in the hearts of eight children, Walter Foster (Barbara of Mt. Holly, NC, Bernice Ross (James) of Dallas, NC, Leroy Foster (Mary) of Clermont, FL, Hattye Board (George) of Davidson, NC, Marvin Foster (Rita) of San Diego, CA, Dennis Foster (Paola) of Rockville, MD, Bessie Bronson (Harold) of Oceanside, CA, John Foster (Edna) of Midland, GA, two sisters, Mary Alice Jones of Silver Spring, MD, Frances McKee Huff of Temple Hill, MD, a host of grand children, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.
The body may be viewed at Ebony & White’s Funeral Service on Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Due to COVID-19 everyone is asked to wear masks.
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