Coach Jerry “Red” Foster
By Kim Swindell Wood | August 22, 2018 6:17 am
Coach Jerry “Red” Foster, 59, of Smithville, passed away Aug. 14, 2018, at his residence.
Mr. Foster was born Oct. 2, 1958, to Elbert Les Foster and Frances Lorene Kelly Foster.
He served as the freshmen boys’ coach, 1983-1989, compiling a 92-22 record. He then moved to Jackson County High School as head boys’ coach, 1989-1993, compiling a 101-87 record in four seasons, before returning once again to DeKalb County High School to direct the Lady Tigers basketball program, a position he held for seven years, 1993-2000, with his teams recording a 93-85 record.
After leaving the coaching ranks, Coach Foster continued to teach physical education, at Northside Elementary School, and continued to teach the game of basketball to youth of DeKalb County through the after-school program. He also taught several years at DeKalb West School.
He was a member of Buckner’s Chapel United Methodist Church.
Coach Foster leaves to cherish his memory: two children, Jalon Wayne Foster (Kelsey Roberts), of Sparta, Loren (Will) Martin, of Huntsville, Alabama; one sister, Brenda Kay Driver, of Smithville; one brother, Prentice (Jan) Foster, of Sparta; one nephew, Chad (Tara) Driver, of Smithville; two great-nieces, Caroline Driver, Lillie Cate Driver; and numerous fellow teachers, friends, and children on whom he made a lifetime impact.
Funeral service celebrating Coach Foster’s life was 2 p.m., Aug. 17, 2018, at DeKalb County High School gymnasium. Bro. Phil Tollett and Bro. Bryan Simmons officiated.
Donations may be made to the Coach Jerry Foster Memorial Fund that has been established for a scholarship to be given to a graduating DeKalb County High School student. Those donations can be made at the funeral home.
DeKalb Funeral Chapel, in Smithville, was in charge of arrangements.