Charles [Dugan] Foster, 85

Charles Winston “Dugan” Foster, civic leader and longtime mayor of Deport, died in Spring Lake Assisted Living and Memory Care on August 22, 2012.  Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM on Saturday, August 25, in the First Baptist Church of Deport with Reverend Jerry Smith officiating.  Graveside services will follow at Highland Cemetery under the direction of the Deport Masonic Lodge.  The family will receive friends from 7:30-8:30 PM Friday night at the funeral home. Wood Funeral Homes, Deport, will have charge of the arrangements.


He was born February 27, 1927, in Lake Creek, Texas, the son of Opal and Bertie Latham Foster.  He married Maxine Smith on December 16, 1944.  She preceded him in death on February 19, 2010.  He was also preceded in death by brothers and sisters-in-law James and Virginia Foster, Marlin and Billie Mac Foster, Kenith Foster, and brother-in-law Pat Patterson.  He is survived by sisters and brothers-in-laws:  Geraldine Patterson of Terrell, Ida Mae and Darold Norwood of Cunningham; Anna Marie and Frank Sisk of Daingerfield; Carolyn and Willard Brown of Comanche, OK; and sister-in-law Ann Foster of Paris, in addition to several nieces,  nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.


Mr. Foster served in the US Army Air Corps.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Deport and a long-time member and officer of the Deport Fire Department and Deport Masonic Lodge, serving as past Master and Secretary.  For 31 years he worked as a supervisor at Babcock & Wilcox and for 15 years served on the Lamar County Water Board of Directors.


The Deport American Legion Post #199, where he was a member for 60 years, was dear to him and he served in every executive post including Post Division Commander, Post Commander, Post Adjutant, First District Vice-Commander, First District Commander, and State of Texas Vice Commander.  He also served on the National Security Commission for two years and the National Distinguished Guest Commission for four years.  In addition, he was both elected and named as a delegate to the National American Legion Convention.  He was the recipient of the Golden National Achievement Award.


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Mayor Charles Foster served Deport from 1972-2002.  During this time, he attained grants that secured funding for walking tracks, the city park that was eventually named for him, flagpoles at the fire station and Grant Park, in addition to block grants that allowed new water systems and street improvements that greatly helped the City of Deport.


He also served as past president of the Ark-La-Tex Council of Government, was appointed to the new Jobs Training Partnership Act by Governor Mark White in 1983 and to the Community Development Block Grant Regional Review Committee later.  He was also awarded the Regional Service Award in 1993 and was the recipient of the Professional Man of the Year Award from the Soil Water Conservation District’s Region IV.





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