While Doug was born July 20, 1926 in Catlettsburg, to Byron Lee and Lucy Evelyn Cannon Foster, he considered himself a Tennessean, moving to Shelbyville, Tenn. before starting school. After graduating from Shelbyville High School, he served in the U.S. Navy in WWII. Though he started working at age 11, he said he really “grew up” during his years in the Navy. Benefiting from the G.I. Bill, he graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, with a degree in chemical engineering. One of his roommates, Rick Rochelle, insisted Doug be in his wedding and it was there Doug met his first wife Josie Taylor, sister of the bride. Thus, roommates enjoyed being brothers-in-law for over 62 years.
Josie and Doug started their marriage working at Oak Ridge National Laboratories. While employed there, Doug was privileged to make a presentation to the United Nations about peaceful uses of nuclear energy. He would probably say the greatest accomplishment of his Oak Ridge years was becoming the father of his two sons, Jeff and Larry.
A few years later, the Foster family moved to Calvert City, where Doug spent the rest of his working career as plant engineer at GAF/ ISP. His family grew there with the birth of daughter Cindy (McArtor). Doug served in various capacities at Calvert City’s First Presbyterian Church over the years- where he was one of its first members. He was also a member of Calvert City’s Planning and Zoning Committee and a very active member of Calvert City Lions Club for many years. His service was often accompanied by his clear tenor voice or his delicious cooking. Creative in the kitchen, he perfected a recipe for homemade pizza before there were any pizza restaurants in rural Kentucky.
Not long after Doug and Josie started enjoying grandchildren, Josie became sick with cancer. Doug demonstrated his great love and humble service in the way he cared for her during her two-year illness. They were married for over 35 years when she passed away.
After Josie passed, one of her cousins advised Doug to get a bat in order to keep the line of women who wanted to be the next Mrs. Foster under control. Without trying, Grace Thompson caught Doug’s eye. When they married, each gained three adult children and some grandchildren. Bo, Tom and Natalie Gayle Moodie now had a warm-hearted step-dad and Jeff, Larry and Cindy had a sweet step-mom.
After retiring from ISP, Doug was busier than ever serving his family, church and community and enjoying researching his family history. Loving God more than denominational labels, he enjoyed singing in the Senior Choir at Calvert City’s First Baptist Church as long as his health would allow. His sweet wife Grace tirelessly cared for him as his health declined, and though his body failed, his singing never stopped.
Doug was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Mildred Foster Ostroski and his first wife Josie.
He is survived by his wife Grace; brother Jerry Foster of Biloxi, Miss, his six children and step-children, 21 grandchildren and step-grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
A celebration of Doug’s life will be held Saturday, April 27, at Calvert City’s First Presbyterian Church at 3 p.m. with visitation just before from 1 to 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, his family requests donations be made to American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312 (www.diabetes.org), Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana Chapter, Kaden Tower, Suite 401, 6100 Dutchmans Lane, Louisville, KY 40205, (www.alz.org ) or to some other organization of the donor’s choice that promotes service to others.