Steven Wayne Elliott Foster

September 19, 1953July 9, 2018
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Steven Wayne Elliott Foster, age 64, passed away Monday, July 9, 2018. He was born September 19, 1953 in Knoxville, TN. Steve grew up in South Knoxville and graduated from South High School Class of 1971. It was here that he met his high school sweetheart, Debbie Clark. On July 24, 1971, he and Debbie married, and they had two sons. They raised their family in South Knoxville. After retiring from the Sheet Metal Workers Local 5, he enjoyed spending his time with his wife, children, grandchildren, and his favorite dog Palmer. Some of his favorite times were watching his grandchildren, having lunch with friends, relaxing with his dog, and shooting. Steve was an avid outdoorsman and considered Chilhowee Sportsman’s Club his second home. He had many friends there and considered them his family. He is preceded in death by his birth parents, Don and Virginia Elliott and adoptive father, Elder John Foster; and great niece, Abby Gibson. He is survived by his beloved wife of 47 years, Debbie Foster; adoptive mother, Erma Jean Foster; sons, Jeff (Reece), Brad (Mitzi); grandchildren, Avery Foster and Jacob Foster; sister, Donna Foster; niece, Jennifer Gibson Boyle; nephew, Todd Gibson; and great nephew, Maddox Gibson; many lifelong friends, his gun range buddies, and his "Little Buddy" Palmer. Receiving of friends will be held 5:00PM until 7:00PM Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at Berry Funeral Home, 3704 Chapman Hwy., Knoxville, TN 37920. Family and friends will meet Thursday, July 12, 2018 at Mount Olive Cemetery for an 11:00 AM graveside service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cure Finders, a non profit organization that raises funds for Cystic Fibrosis research. Donations can be sent to Cure Finders at 2510 Atchley Road, Sevierville, TN 37876. The family invites you to share memories of Steve at


  • Debbie Foster, Wife
  • Erma Jean Foster, Adoptive Mother
  • Jeff (Reece) Foster, Son
  • Brad (Mitzi) Foster, Son
  • Avery Foster, Grandchild
  • Jacob Foster, Grandchild
  • Donna Foster, Sister
  • Jennifer Gibson-Boyle, Niece
  • Todd Gibson, Nephew
  • Maddox Gibson, Great Nephew
  • Don Elliot, Father
  • Virginia Elliot, Mother
  • Elder John Foster, Adoptive Father
  • Abby Gibson, Great Niece


  • Visitation Wednesday, July 11, 2018
  • Graveside Service Thursday, July 12, 2018

Steven Wayne Elliott Foster

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Tim and Betsy Priest

July 11, 2018

Dear Debbie, Jeff and Reece,
Betsy and I were very saddened to learn of Steve's passing on Monday. We have such fond memories of cheering with you and Steve from the stands at the UT baseball games as we watched Jeff and Adam play for the Vols! We knew then that Jeff was from a wonderful family who always loved and supported him.
We know that Steve will be greatly missed. We have you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Betsy and Tim Priest

Larry and Suzanne Julian

July 11, 2018

Larry and Suzanne Julian would like to extend their condolences to the family. Our thought and prayers are with you. Saint Simons Island, GA.

Stanley Rinehart

July 11, 2018

Very sad to learn of Steve's passing. I have known Steve for many years and always enjoyed his company. I always found Steve to have a good sense of humor and a very knowledgeable man. I know he will be missed and my prayers are with his family.

Mitch Dougherty

July 10, 2018

Steve was one the best men I ever knew. He was one of, if not the best sheet metal worker I ever had the pleasure of working for and with. His vision and kindness were only surpassed by his understanding and helpful spirit. I was proud to call him my friend. I find comfort in knowing about the strong relationship he had with our savior ,Jesus Christ. Rest In Peace dear friend.

Debbie Stoffle

July 9, 2018

Our thoughts and prayers are with each of your during this time. May God bless each of you and help you in the coming days. Larry and Debbie Stoffle

Judy Snow

July 9, 2018

Debbie and boys, I am so sorry for your loss. May the Great Comforter give you peace now and in the days ahead.

Alan and Nancy Cheatham

July 9, 2018

We are so sorry hear of this. Steve was a great teammate at South and an even better man. Prayers lifted for the Foster family.

Nancy & Lee Barbee

July 9, 2018

We are so sorry for your loss, we have known Debbie & Steve for a long time. You all are in our thoughts & prayers ...