Joseph "Fritz" Cleveland Foster II, 93, died Saturday, June 29, 2019, in Houston.
Mr. Foster was born Oct. 5, 1925, in Pawnee to Joseph Cleveland Sr. and Rutilla (Franklin) Foster. His mother died in 1929 and the family moved to Kenedy. He graduated from Kenedy High School in 1947 after serving in the Merchant Marines during WWII. In addition to farming and ranching, he was a well known merchant operating Foster Feed & Seed Co. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Kenedy and also a member of the Masonic Lodge.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jackie Timm Foster; second wife, Jamie Falvella Foster Smith; sisters, Viola Fuqua, Mary Wheeler; and a brother, A.T. Foster.
Survivors include a daughter, Kathleen Foster; sons, Joseph C. (Kay) Foster III, Jeff Foster and James (Janet) Foster; grandchildren, Jackie Foster, Preslie Foster, Gunnar Janak; a great-grandchild; and sisters, Manda B. Reid and Arleene (Cliff) Ponton.
A viewing will be held Tuesday, July 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Eckols Funeral Home.
The funeral service will be conducted Wednesday, July 3, at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Kenedy with Richard Robinson officiating. Interment will follow at the Kenedy Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Andrew Reid, Scott Ponton, Joel Ponton, Mike Newberry, Shelby Dupnik and Kody Kanak.