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Sidney Merle Foster
Obituaries

Sidney Merle Foster, 84, of Dawsonville, died Jan. 25, 2018.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. April 7 at Bethel United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donation toward the Bethel United Methodist Church Building Fund at 100 Lumpkin Campground Road, Dawsonville, Ga.  30534.

Sidney was born in October of 1933 to Emory Hugh and Lillie Roselle (Pair) Foster of Atlanta.  He took great pride in being a veteran of the United States Navy during the Korean War and displayed his pride by wearing his Korean War Veteran ball cap during his visits to the Veterans Administration medical centers.  He drew strength from the camaraderie that he found with other veterans who were fighting their own health battles.

After his military service, Sidney began his 42 year career with Delta Air Lines in Atlanta, finally retiring in 1992. In 1995, Sid, and his wife of 61 years, Kathy Foster, moved to Dawson County where Sid served the people of Dawson County for many years on both their Board of Equalization and as a bailiff in the Superior Court.

Sidney was a devout member of Bethel United Methodist Church in Dawsonville where he regularly served as an adult Sunday school teacher and occasional lay pastor.  He spent countless hours studying the Bible and developed an extensive knowledge of the history, stories and mysteries that it presented, and enjoyed discussing them with others.  He was the epitome of the word faithful, in that he was full of faith.  He knew exactly where this journey was leading and during the early morning hours of Jan. 25, he arrived.

His parents; three brothers, Cecil, Gerald and Marion; two sisters, Lillian and Delora, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife, Kathy; daughter, Cindy Burks; and sons Kenny and Steven.

As he said during the time of his 61st anniversary, "two became seventeen," and he loved and was exceedingly proud of all of his family including his son-in-law, Paul Burks; daughters-in-law, Gina Foster and Jennifer Foster; grandchildren and their spouses, Daniel and Elisa Burks, Megan (Foster) and Kyle Webb, Brent Burks, and Madyson Foster; great-grandsons, Brody and Landon Burks and Mason Parker Webb; various other relatives also survive.

Sidney will be remembered for many things by many people, but his living example of God's grace and mercy will persevere.  

The family would like to express their sincerest gratitude and tremendous appreciation to the nurses and staff of Hospice of Northeast Georgia Regional Medical Center for their loving care, support, and guidance through the entire process. 

A memorial service will be planned for the spring of 2018.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donation toward the Bethel United Methodist Church Building Fund at 100 Lumpkin Campground Road, Dawsonville, Ga.  30534.

Bearden Funeral Home of Dawsonville was in charge of the arrangements.

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