Hatten Earnest (Pete) Foster Obituary
Hatten Earnest (Pete) Foster of Lucedale, Mississippi, veteran of World War II, Korean Conflict, and the Vietnam War, departed this life on March 5, 2016. His ashes were interred in the Flatwood Cemetery among his family on August 19, 2017.
Pete was the youngest child of John Dee and Minnie Lee Reese Foster born December 4, 1925 on the family farm in the Flatwood Community, Eastland County, Texas. His grandparents, M. B. Anderson and Aletha Ann Seale Foster and David and Nancy Hardean Reese homesteaded farms in the Flatwood Community.
Pete married Yvonne Moffett Carter June 15, 1970 and she died April 5, 2005.
Pete was preceded in death by his wife Yvonne Moffett Carter, parents, John Dee and Minnie Lee Reese Foster, and siblings, Ira W. Foster, Rufus Foster, Carl C. Foster, Sr., Onita Foster, Johnnie R. Foster Hooper, and Vernon L. Foster.
Pete attended school at Flatwood and Carbon and graduated from Pine Tree, TX. He joined the United States Navy in 1943 and served in the Pacific Theater on different Naval Ships. Pete was onboard the Amphibiious Attack Ship, Zirze in the Hawaiian Islands when he received notice that his brother Vernon had been killed at St. Lo, France July 13, 1944. He was on board his ship in Tokyo Harbor when Japan surrendered. His service continued with the military as a member of the United States Air Force. He was awarded medals and commendations for his service. During the Korean Conflict on June 27, 1953, Sergeant Foster received the Medal of Heroism when he volunteered to transport a doctor and two nurses to the Akma Sukuoka Prefecture Japan to assist in the rescue of villagers trapped by flood waters. He served during the Korean Conflict and Vietnam War era retiring from active duty in 1965 as a Military Policeman with the USAF. Following his retirement from the USAF, Pete went to work for Scott Paper, as a Security Guard. He retired with 20 years of service. Pete loved baseball and played on military teams during his years of service. During baseball season, he could be found in front of the television cheering his favored teams.
Pete is survived by four nieces and one nephew and their families: Bonnie J. Foster Lem of Houston, TX, Mary L. Hooper Smith of Midland, TX, Gloria J. Hooper Oliver of Odessa, TX, and Beth Hooper Gesch and husband Bill of Odessa, TX and Carl C. Foster, Jr. of LaCrosse, WI. He is also survived by his adopted family of Dodie Smith, her son and daughters, and grandchildren. Surviving cousins in the area are Jerry and Betsy Wilson and family, Terry and Carlotta Wilson and family, Yvonne and Tommy Williamson and family, Jimmy Don Wilson and family, James and Sunny Morton and family, Janie Rodgers and family, Sue and Keith Watkins, Jan and Al Novak and family, Pat Reed and family, and Anna Wilkins and family.