Clay C. Foster, Obituary

The Springfield Sun

Thursday, November 2, 1922

Clay C. Foster, Obituary

Following a lingering illness due to a cancerous infection on his left eye, Mr. Clay C. Foster died at his home on East Main Street in this city at 2 o’clock Monday afternoon.  About one year ago he had undergone an operation for the removal of the left eye, which was affected by a malignant growth, and the operation seemed to aggravate the case rather than relieve it and from that time until his death he had been a constant sufferer.  From the first of his illness he realized that death would result from the growth, but he never complained or gave unavoidable trouble during his long suffering and always welcomed his visitors with a smile.  For some weeks prior to his death he expressed a desire to cross the river of death, which held no horror for him.

Few men in Washington County were better known or liked than “Uncle Clay,” as he was familiarly known.  He was engaged in farming and in the mercantile business at Tatham Springs for many years but gave up active life several years ago on account of ill health.  About five years ago he moved to this city, where he has since made his home.  Two years ago he made the race for the nomination for jailer in this county on the Republican ticket.

Deceased is survived by his widow and the following children:  Rufus, Edward, Hurdle, Wade and Henry Foster.  Two brothers, Wesley Foster, of Tatham Springs, and Green Foster, who resides in Illinois, and one sister, Mrs. Johnnie Royalty, of Tatham Springs, also survive.

Funeral services were held at Fairview Baptist Church at 2 o’clock Tuesday afternoon, Rev. John D. Freeman, assisted by Rev. J. B. Coleman, preached the funeral sermon.  Burial was in Fairview Cemetery.

Note by Phyllis Brown:  Mr. Foster was married to Drusilla White – her name is not given in the obituary.

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