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In Memory of

Charles L. Foster, Jr.

April 5, 1936 - April 15, 2014

Obituary


Mr. Charles Lenwood Foster, Jr. of LaGrange, died at his residence Tuesday, April 15, 2014.

Mr. Foster was born in Burlington, N.C. on April 5, 1936, and was the husband of Jane Robinson Foster and the son of the late Charles L. Foster and Mertie West Foster. Charlie was a graduate of Elon College with a degree in Business Administration and received his Master's Degree in Hospital Administration from Medical College of Virginia. While serving his country in the U.S. Army Reserve he became Administrator of Hillsborough County Hospital, Tampa, FL and Knapp Memorial...

Mr. Charles Lenwood Foster, Jr. of LaGrange, died at his residence Tuesday, April 15, 2014.

Mr. Foster was born in Burlington, N.C. on April 5, 1936, and was the husband of Jane Robinson Foster and the son of the late Charles L. Foster and Mertie West Foster. Charlie was a graduate of Elon College with a degree in Business Administration and received his Master's Degree in Hospital Administration from Medical College of Virginia. While serving his country in the U.S. Army Reserve he became Administrator of Hillsborough County Hospital, Tampa, FL and Knapp Memorial Hospital, Weslaco, TX. In 1975, he moved to LaGrange and became President and CEO of West Georgia Health Systems that ultimately included the 275 bed hospital, Enoch Callaway Cancer Center, Georgia Heart Clinic, Hospice LaGrange, Florence Hand Home, three Renal Dialysis Facilities, Home Health Services, and a 30 bed Psychiatric and Substance Abuse unit.

Charlie was proud to be a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and served on the Board of Trustees for the American Hospital Association. He served faithfully and was past Chairman of the Georgia and Texas Hospital Associations. He was previously on the Board for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia, and was to serve as chairman of Alliant Health Solutions in 2015. In the past, he served as Adjunct Professor for the Masters of Science Program in Health Administration at University of Alabama in Birmingham as well as Department of Health Services Administration, Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. He was a member of the Newcomen Society in North American.

Locally, Charlie was a previous Board Member of LaGrange College, United Way of LaGrange, LaGrange Chamber of Commerce, West Georgia Tech, LaGrange Academy, and Community Bank and Trust. He served as Member and past President of the LaGrange Rotary Club, Troup County American Heart Association and the Heart Fund Drive. Charlie was an active member and Deacon of First Presbyterian Church of LaGrange.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Jane Robinson Foster; daughter, Elizabeth Foster McRae and her husband Frank; son, Robert Evans Foster MD and his wife Donna; seven grandchildren, Evans, William, Jonathan, Robert, Charlie, Scottie, and Thomas.

A Celebration of Life will be conducted at 2:00 P.M. Friday, April 18, 2014 at First Presbyterian Church of LaGrange with Dr. Douglas DeCelle officiating. The family will receive friends in the church Fellowship Hall immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Camp Viola, 165 Camp Viola Road, LaGrange, GA 30241; First Presbyterian Church of LaGrange Meals on Wheels Program, 120 Broad Street, LaGrange, GA 30240; or the charity of your choice.

Those wishing to share a condolence or remembrance with the family may do so by visiting www.shlagrange.com.

Arrangements are by Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, 1010 Mooty Bridge Road, LaGrange, GA 30240 (706) 884-8636