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Billy Daniel (Dan) Foster

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Funeral services for Billy Daniel (Dan) Foster, 62, of Cookeville, Tenn., were held Wednesday, Nov. 28, at the Wesley Chapel of the First United Methodist Church with pastors Max Mayo and Drew Shelly officiating.


Serving as pallbearers were Daniel Foster, Brian Lee Foster, Chris Cromer, Jonathan Heard, Chester Birch, Colby Paul and David Collins. Honorary pallbearers were Steve Foster, Charles Christian, James Ricketts, Stephen Foster, Charles Cromer, John Heard, Kim Wiloth, Jack Nelson, W.H. Brumley and Gordon Fry.

Mr. Foster died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Billy Daniel Foster was born April 26, 1950, in Clovis, N.M., to BobbieLou Kent Foster and the late Reverend B.J. Foster. 

He married Billye Beth Berry in 1974. She survives. 

Mr. Foster graduated from Darrouzett High School in 1967, attended Tarleton State University and graduated from Texas Tech University. He completed a master’s degree in agricultural technology management at the University of Arizona.

He ran a small herd of Brahman cross cattle and operated a custom combine business before they moved to East Texas. He worked at North American Ford Heavy Equipment and Tractor Training Center in Paris until 1978. When the center closed, he joined Kimberly Clark as an operations specialist in the new Huggies production plant until 1995, when he left to become farm supervisor at the University of Arizona. 

Mr. Foster was a member of the Cookeville First United Methodist Church, and a member of the Forum Sunday school class. He was also a member of the Tennessee Farm Bureau.

Other survivors include his mother; two sons, Brian Foster and Daniel Foster and wife, Melanie; a brother, Steve Foster and wife, Sudie; and a sister, Cindy Ricketts and husband, James. 

In addition to his father, Mr. Foster was preceded in death by a son, William Chase Foster.

The family requests donations to be made to the Dan and Chase Foster Memorial Scholarship in Agriculture at Tennessee Tech University.




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