Ivory Charles Foster, 74, passed away on November 6, 2016 at The Woods Nursing and Rehab in Monticello.
He was born in Drew County on November 14, 1941 to the late Crawford and Evora Miller Foster.
Mr. Foster graduated from Drew High School in 1960 and attended auto mechanic school and graduated from SEARK College in 1970. He was also a self-employed skilled logger for many years, where he met many friends as a timber contractor. He was a former member of Victory Christian Fellowship and Metropolitan AME Zion church. He loved gospel music and praising God.
Mr. Foster had a high school sweetheart, Willie Mae Brooks, who moved away after graduation to Chicago, Illinois for 30 years. They were reunited in friendship and love after she moved back to Wilmar. They married on September 14, 1997. Together, they are the parents of four children, Miko (Melvin) Trotter of Wilmar, Timothy Robinson of Monticello, Latanya (Harvey) Baker and Monica Watkins, both of Chicago, Illinois; 11 grandchildren, Alisha, Tristian, Jarred, Steven, Danielle, Patrick, Courtney, Brandon, Quinton, Ryan and Donavon who he loved dearly-and they called him PaPa; three great-grandchildren, Ngema, Zora and Elijah.
He also leaves to cherish his memories five sisters, Mary Foster of St. Louis, Missouri, Julia Christian and Classie (Clarence) Green of Pine Bluff, Rosetta Foster of Monticello and Barbara (Clifton) Richardson of McGehee; three brothers, Elder, Melvin (Mary) Foster, Troy (Rose) Foster and Larry Foster all of Monticello; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Funeral service will be held on November 12, 2016 at Stephenson-Dearman Chapel with burial to follow at Wilmar Cemetery.