Gene L. Foster Obituary
Gene L. Foster, 79 of Gorman passed away Saturday, December 1st with his family by his side. Gene was born August 4, 1939 in Abilene, Texas to George and Lorene Foster. Gene grew up in Clyde, Texas until his family moved to Mineral Wells when he was a junior in high school.
After high school, Gene attended Draughon’s Business College in Abilene. Then, Gene enrolled in the US Air Force for 4 years serving in Taiwan, Albuquerque and Clovis, New Mexico. After his military service, Gene moved back to the family farm in Clyde and enrolled in Abilene Christian College. While he was at ACC, he met Carolyn Scitern (from Gorman) through a family friend. Gene and Carolyn were married on October 11, 1963. Gene and Carolyn moved from Abilene to Perryton, Texas and then to Fairview, OK. Their daughter, Lisa was born in September 1966. In 1968, the family moved to Van Horn, Texas for a brief period of time. In November 1969, Gene and Carolyn moved to Gorman and purchased Preston Floral from Iris Preston. In May 1972, Gene and Carolyn were blessed with their son, Joe.
Gene owned and operated Foster Floral in Gorman for 37 years. Gene was also very active in the Gorman community participating in the Lion’s Club, Chamber of Commerce, driving a school bus for the students to sporting events, ran the clock and scoreboard at the home football games for the Gorman Panthers for over 20 years and the Gorman Volunteer Fire Department. Gene proudly served on the Gorman VFD for 49 years and served as Fire Chief for 26 years. Gene also served on the board of the Comanche County Telephone Company for many years. Gene was an active member at the Gorman Church of Christ where he was a song leader, deacon and was currently serving as an elder. Gene cared deeply about the community of Gorman and was always willing to help with an event, fundraiser or any way to promote his adopted hometown.
For decades, Gene was an active member of the West Texas New Mexico Florist Association. He served as a member of the board in many positions including the President of the association. Gene loved to attend the WTNMFA conventions and events as a means to keep up with all his friends in the floral industry.
Gene was proceeded in death by his parents, George and Lorene Foster, his brother, Earl Roberts and sister, Iva Lou Foster.
Gene is survived by his wife of 55 years, Carolyn Foster, daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Kevin Whatley of Silverthorne, CO, son, Joe Foster of Carrollton and grandchildren, Amber, Kade and Jett Whatley. He is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Nevin and Kathy Foster of Granbury, sister-in-law, Ann Roberts of Fort Worth and sister-in-law, Louise Tinkler of Abilene. He is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
If you would like to make a donation in his memory, the family requests that they be made to the Gorman Volunteer Fire Department. Gene was passionate about his commitment to the Gorman VFD. He joined the fire department on December 1, 1969 which was exactly 49 years prior to his death.
The funeral service will be held Tuesday, December 4th at 10:00 a.m. at Higginbotham Funeral Home in Gorman. Burial will be held at Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Abilene at 2:00 p.m. following the funeral service. The family visitation will be held Monday, December 3rd from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Higginbotham Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be George Simmons, Joe Williams, Jim Guthrey, Dylan Cogburn, Don Underwood and Bill Miears. Honorary pallbearers will be Windell McGinnis, Doug Liedtke and Joe Bolin.L