The Obit For Lyndell Foster

Lyndell "Friction" Foster
December 30, 1931 - August 3, 2012

Edwards Funeral Home, Fort Smith, AR
August 5, 2012

Please join us as we celebrate a life well lived. Lyndell Eugene (Friction) Foster was born on December 30th, 1931 and died Friday, August 3rd, 2012 after a very short illness with liver cancer. He was a member and deacon of the West-Ark Church of Christ in Fort Smith, Arkansas for many years. Lyndell touched many lives with his gentle, unassuming ways. He was everyone's favorite; the grandkids, the nieces and nephews, and even the nurses at the hospital called him "their favorite." There was nothing pretentious about him. He was who he was and had no regrets for the life he lived. He naturally drew people to him without even trying.

His early ambition in life was to play professional baseball, and he did, signing a contract with the Detroit Tigers out of high school. He then played his best pro ball here with the last professional team Fort Smith had, the Fort Smith/Van Buren Twins. He played lots of semi-pro ball and coached little league, which he loved, and the kids who played for him loved him as well.

There were many things that Lyndell loved. God was at the center of it all and if you asked anyone they would tell you how much he loved his family. He loved camping every year at Devil's Den with them and a host of friends that they made over the years. He loved that he was able to remain close with his Paris high school classmates over the years. He and Venoma lunched in Paris once a month with school friends that he loved dearly. If you knew him at all though, you would know that his grandchildren were his pride and joy. He retired one month after his first grandchild was born.

Lyndell believed in giving back to his community. He was a member of The Downtown Sertoma Club and on the board of the Paris Coal Miners Memorial. He was formerly on the board of several organizations ~ The Community Rescue Mission, the Gospel Rescue Mission, the Salvation Army and Mercy Hospital. He currently was a volunteer for C.U.R.E and he headed up the Bost School fund drive one year.

Lyndell retired from City National Bank in 1993, where he worked for 36 years in almost every position while there, from loan collector to Vice President of commercial lending. We remain amazed at the number of lives he impacted while working here. He felt very blessed to have this job. After he retired, he picked up the game of golf again renewing old friendships and making new ones as well. To say he loved golf would be an understatement! But what he loved the most was the bond of friendship they all shared.

Lyndell is survived by his high school sweetheart and the love of his life Venoma Foster, to whom he was married for 61 years; his son Gil Foster and his wife Tracy from Little Rock; his daughter Lynda Mellor and her husband Matt from Bryant; four granddaughters, Rachel and Anna Smedley and Sydney and Taryn Foster; four step grandchildren, Emily, Marcus, Joshua and Jonathon Mellor; one brother Dan Foster and his wife Stella from Shreveport; one sister Joyce Wright and her husband Bobby from Siloam Springs and a host of nieces and nephews. Lyndell was preceded in death by his parents Bud and Edith Foster and a brother, Guy Foster.

Pallbearers will be Larry Smith, Jim Wright, George Foster, Bill Montgomery, Curtis Mc Donald, Jim Selig and Matt Griffin. Honorary pallbearers will be the elders and deacons of the West-Ark Church of Christ, Jim Harwood, Sonny Henson, Paul Johnson, Earl Flood, Don Neal, Harold Bateman and the rest of his golf buddies.

The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the many, many friends who have supported them during this most difficult time.

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Memorial contributions may be sent to the West-Ark Church of Christ 900 N. Waldron Road, Fort Smith, AR 72903, attention: Benevolence.

There will not be a visitation, but please join us as we celebrate his life on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 1:00 PM at the West-Ark Church of Christ. In Fort Smith, AR with a Graveside service at 3:00 PM at the Oakwood Cemetery in Paris, AR under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home in Fort Smith, AR.