A return to Williamson
by Ralph B. Davis
A Liberty High School graduate returned to Williamson to celebrate 80th birthday recently.
William Otha Foster chartered a 57 passenger bus from Washington D.C. with 54 family members for a weekend celebration of this momentous event in his hometown.
They arrived at the Historic Mountaineer Hotel Friday, July 20, at 6:30 p.m. The itinerary consisted of a visit to Sprigg where he was born, a visit to Fairview Cemetery to visit his father’s grave and, a birthday party at Hardy Park on Saturday, which was catered by Food City of South Williamson, Ky.
Sunday began with attendance at the Logan Street First Baptist Church under the capable ministry of Rev. Gerald Dotson. The deacons and members provided the family with an awesome meal immediately following service.
Foster left Williamson when he was 19-years-old in 1951, he returned on this occasion with his seven children. In order of age, Debrah Brown, Doretha Aaron, Derrick Foster, Darlene Mack, Darren Foster, Darrell Foster and Dwayne Foster and his current wife Julia Hunter Foster formerly of Chattaroy. His only surviving Sister, Alice Lee her two daughters and his deceased sister’s daughter Wanda Moore and her family was also in attendance. His 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren had an opportunity to learn more about their heritage.
He was especially delighted to spend time with his former School Teacher June Glover and many other community members and friends. Jada Hunter was the onsite coordinator that was very instrumental in making all local contacts all of her effort was truly appreciated.
Mayor Darrin Mc Cormick issued a proclamation on behalf of the city of Williamson in recognition of William Otha Foster’s Accomplishments declared that July 22, 2012 be respectfully observed as William Foster Day, in the city.
Williamson had always held a special place in the heart of the Foster family, and they wish to thank everyone for receiving them so warmly.
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