Obituaries August 4, 2012
HIGH POINT — John Newton Foster died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family August 3, 2014. Born in Evanston, IL to John N. Foster, Sr. and Jane Hurlbut Foster, he attended Northshore Country Day School, graduating from Evanston High School. He attended Hastings College of Law in San Francisco and graduated from Northwestern University.
An avid sportsman and outdoorsman his entire life, he lettered in varsity football in high school, and he received an honorable mention in 1955 for the Big Ten All-American. However, his “claim to fame” was playing fullback and linebacker at Northwestern University for Ara Parseghian and Lou Sabin.
He began his career with the 3M Corporation Western Region as a sales representative but soon realized his passion for furniture when he moved to Portland, OR as Vice President of Marketing with Barker Furniture. In the early 1970s, he relocated to High Point NC to develop a new branded product line of furniture with Armstrong Furniture a division Thomasville Furniture Industries as Vice President and General Manager. He became President of Lea Industries, a LADD Furniture Inc. company in 1982, and he also served on the LADD Board of Directors for 15 years. He most recently stepped down as CEO of American Woodcrafters, a company he formed in 1997 to produce youth and master bedroom furniture.
A highly competitive handball player, he was a member of Multnomah Athletic Club in Portland, Oregon and High Point’s YMCA – a facility he championed by serving on the building committee.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Louise Lewis Foster and six children: Horace (Bo) Gray and his wife Carol, Charles (Chuck) Foster and wife Kim, Lawrence Gray and wife Freddie, Carolyn Bundy and husband Walter, Catherine Hathaway and husband Brantley, and John Foster III and wife Sarah. He and Louise were the proud grandparents of 15 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Thomas Rogers Foster.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in High Point. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point N.C. 27262. Online condolences may be made at www.cumbyfuneral.com.
The family acknowledges with deep gratitude the special loving and caring services of the nursing staff at the High Point Regional Health Care Cancer Center and Hospice of the Piedmont. The family would also like to express their deep appreciation to Maria Fleming and Shelette Fleming for the gentle and loving homecare provided during Mr. Foster’s illness.
ARCHDALE — Elizabeth Farmer Lassiter, 85, of Archdale, died August 3, 2014, at her home surrounded by her family.
Elizabeth was known to all as Nanny. She was born on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1929, in Richmond County, the only daughter of the late Calvin Matthews and Lilly Estelle Tennant Farmer. Nanny retired from Rice Hosiery and was a member of First Baptist Church of Archdale. Nanny was an avid reader and loved gardening, the beach, and caring for her family. She was wed to J.B Lassiter February 28, 1947, who preceded her in death April 22, 1997, after fifty loving years of marriage. Nanny was also preceded in death by three brothers, Sonny Farmer, Philip Farmer and Marion Farmer.
Nanny left a legacy of loving family that includes three children, Corby Lassiter and wife, Cynthia, of Trinity, Steve Lassiter and wife, Angela, of High Point, and Gail Allen and husband, Roger Dale, of Archdale; one brother, Boyd L. Farmer and wife, Doris, of Clayton; nine grandchildren, Kelly Olmeda and husband, Charles, Jr., Jeremy Lassiter and wife, Susan, Marie Duke and husband, Everett, Jason Lassiter and wife, Jennifer, Brittany Lassiter, Dru Elizabeth Lassiter, Bailey Lassiter, Zachary Boyd and Jordan Boyd; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Southside Baptist Church, the temporary home of First Baptist Church of Archdale, officiated by Rev. Bob Ferguson. Interment will follow in Springfield Friends Meeting Cemetery. The family will receive friends and visitors one hour prior to the service at the church and other times at the home of Gail Allen.
The family welcomes flowers, and contributions can be made to the First Baptist Church of Archdale Building Fund, 2515 Bellemeade Dr., High Point, N.C. 27263; or to Hospice of Randolph County, PO Box 9, Asheboro, N.C. 27204-0009.
Online condolences can be made at www.cumbyfuneral.com. Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale.
LEXINGTON — Charles Gray Nance died August 2, 2014. A funeral service will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church of Welcome.
Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Monday at Davidson Funeral Home Hickory Tree Chapel.
Online condolences may be made at www.davidsonfuneralhome.net.