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Brown-Wynne Funeral Home

200 Southeast Maynard Road, Cary, NC

OBITUARY

H. Foster Mitchem Jr.

November 7, 1925February 7, 2020
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Dr. H. Foster Mitchem, 94, of Cary, NC, was called home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on February 7, 2020. Faith, family and friends were first and foremost to Foster and he will be remembered by those who knew him for his compassionate and generous heart.

Born in 1925, Foster grew up in Union, NJ. Following high school, he served with distinction during World War II as a rifleman in the 100th Infantry Division and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for heroic action during the battle for Heilbronn, Germany, in 1945.

After the war, Foster completed college at Rutgers University and went on to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dentistry. He opened the first dental office in Kenilworth, NJ, and grew a large general practice that served a multitude of patients for over 35 years. His longtime staff included two sisters (Fern and Shirley) and one of his two daughters (Jill).

“Doc’s” loyal patients came from not only Kenilworth but throughout the northeast. He served as treasurer of the local dental association and in 1976 the prestigious Academy of General Dentistry bestowed upon him the title of “Fellow.” While in practice, Foster lived in Cranford, NJ and faithfully supported the ministry of Evangel Baptist Church. In 2008, he and his wife Nancy, the love of his life for over 65 years (married 64), moved to the Raleigh area to be near family. They attended Colonial Baptist Church.

Foster is survived by his wife, Nancy Glendenning Mitchem, and daughters, Jill Rusche and Laurie Beauchamp (Ed). He leaves behind four grandchildren, Rebecca Perez (Jason), Jeb Beauchamp (Sheri), Lindsay Creech (Mathew), Ashley Beauchamp and a great grandson, Owen Perez. Also surviving him are his nephews Chuck Lauer (Carolyn), and Bruce Bailey along with four nieces and two nephews from his wife’s (Glendenning) side of the family. Foster was preceded in death by his sisters, Anne Bailey, Fern Bailey, and Shirley Lauer, his brother Stetson Bailey and his nephews John Foster Lauer and Scott Haviland.

Contributions may be made to The Gideons International at www.gideons.org.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Thursday, February 13, 2020 at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 200 SE Maynard Road in Cary. The family will receive friends beginning at 1:00 PM at the funeral home. Interment will be in the military section of Historic Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh. Online condolences may be made at www.BrownWynneCary.com

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, February 13, 2020
  • Funeral Service Thursday, February 13, 2020

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Delmy Castro

February 14, 2020

Mr. Foster was a noble and humble man. He was a very kind person. I had the opportunity to know Mr. Foster and Miss Nancy. They were a beautiful couple. Sometimes out of nowhere he would say “Hola cómo está?” and we would laugh because he said it was the only thing he knew how to say in Spanish. Then he’d tell not to ask him anymore because then he’d be clueless. I am glad God gave me the opportunity to meet him an his family. ❤️

Rose & Michael Muravsky & Family Kenilworth, NJ

February 14, 2020

Dear Jill & Family,
Our Kenilworth family (2 parents & 6 kids) were so saddened when we read the news in the Star-Ledger of Dr. Mitchem’s passing. We are very sorry for your loss.
We all have very fond memories of Kenilworth, NJ's most iconic dentist. Our Mom 93 still has the bridgework in her mouth your dad put in almost 50 years ago and her current dentist is amazed at the quality. I still get complements on my straight teeth (braces). My dad enjoyed his visits talking to your dad and I remember him being very interested in his Africa trip.
We also remember the annual dollhouse display in the waiting room, the treasure trove trinket selection after your visit, Fern, Shirley and you.
We have never found a dentist as great as Dr. Mitchem.
Our deepest condolences,
Kenilworth's Muravsky Family
(Debby)

Steven Auriemma

February 11, 2020

Dr. Mitchem was our family dentist for many years. I remember him being a kind and gentle man, as well as a great dentist. I am so glad to hear that he was a Christian and is in the presence of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
My prayers and condolences go out to his daughter Jill, who I remember very well, and to the rest of his family.
Sincerely,
Steven Auriemma

Nancy Walter

February 11, 2020

I was blessed to know both Foster and Nancy. We saw them whenever the dental group got together. Always appreciated their warm spirits and their unabashed sharing about the Lord, which we would always hear about later. There are many wonderful memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Ruth & Eric Wigg

February 11, 2020

We are blessed to know Foster and be able to look forward to that reunion in heaven. He was not only a friend from our church family but we got to sit in his dentist chair and enjoy his stories as well as get well looked after dental-wise.
He didn't talk about his heroics in the war. We had to hear about all that from you Jill and Laurie. Thanks for sharing.
We also appreciated his interest in Mukti Mission.
We send our love and hugs to you Nancy, Jill, Laurie and all the family. Thanks for posting on Facebook.


Greg and Cyndi Heath

February 10, 2020

What a wonderful gentleman... highly respected. Always enjoyed chatting about his fly fishing. I admired him for his love for his wife and family - a great example. Heaven gained a servant on February 7 and someday we will celebrate a great reunion. Our prayers are with Mrs. Mitchem and the family.

Anne Bender (Occi)

February 10, 2020

I was saddened when I heard the news of Dr. Mitchem’s passing. While I missed his blessed later years, I was very much a child third wheel
In my youth. He endured our endless “shows” performed in his basement. And much to our ego, “filmed “ occasionally defining us as true actors and actresses. I fondly remember his patient demeanor, especially when I was sitting in his dentist chair. Best to a life well lived, until we all meet again.

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