William Edwin Foster
April 30, 1935 – June 17, 2021
Dr. William Edwin Foster died peacefully at home on June 17, 2021, surrounded by his family. He was born April 30, 1935, in Cleveland, TN., to William Hiram and Ivie Bell (Batson) Foster, but grew up in Clarksville, TN. Edwin was preceded in death by his parents, his dearly loved only sister, Rebecca and her husband Frank Miller and their two sons, Johnny Miller and Mark Miller, all of Clarksville, TN. He is survived by his best friend and loving wife Jane; his beloved children, Eddie and Gordon (Kathy) Foster of Knoxville, TN., Beth McGivney of Alcoa, TN., and John King (Nicole) of Johnson City, TN. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Hannah Foster of CA., Taylor Foster, Hayden Foster and Dean Foster all of Knoxville, Jacob and Lucas Testament. Cavan and Jack McGivney of Alcoa, TN., and Greyson and Nicholas King of Johnson City, TN. Two great grandchildren, Ashton and Madison Foster-Koontz of CA. A nephew, Frank Miller (Sarah) of Dover, TN., and a niece, Ann Miller Moore of Clarksville, TN. Dr. Foster was a graduate of the University of Tennessee School of Medicine in Memphis, TN. He served his country as a Captain in the U.S. Army from June,1967 until July 1974, with a tour in Vietnam as a general medical officer. During his tour of Vietnam, he was the recipient of the Bronze Star for meritorious service, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. After discharge from the Army, he returned to Knoxville to begin his orthopedic residency at U.T. Hospital. Following residency, he began a nearly 40-year practice with Blount Orthopedics, serving Knoxville and surrounding areas. Edwin loved golf, and prior to illness, he played a number of famous courses in the U.S. and Europe, but was most at home playing Fox Den, where he was a long-time member. After retirement, he became a “carpenter” where he singlehandedly built an outdoor kitchen on our back deck. Having never handled leaded glass, he then proceeded to make leaded glass windows for our home, which are beautiful. And everyone knows how delicious his barbecue brisket, ribs, and chicken were, especially with his homemade special sauce. Thank you to our special family members, my sister Leesa and her husband Josh Fisher for the many hours they have spent caring for Edwin and me. A special thanks to Trenton, Marie, India, Melissa, and Amanda of Tennova Hospice for the excellent care of Edwin and the loving support to our family during his illness. Also, we are very grateful to the Veterans Benefits Community Cares for the support and care of Edwin during his illness over the past four years. Funeral service is scheduled for 2 PM, July 6, 2021, at East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery, 2200 E. Governor John Sevier Hwy., Knoxville, TN, 37920. Following the ceremony, friends may visit the home for a reception and celebration of a life well lived. In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation in Edwin’s name to your favorite charity.
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William Edwin Foster
July 4, 2021
I had the good fortune to have worked with Dr. Foster at Blount Orthopaedics in the early 1980's. He is fondly remembered as a masterful surgeon who cared deeply for his patients and their post-operative care, ensuring the best outcomes.
July 1, 2021
Dr Foster was an exceptional orthopedic surgeon. He was always appreciative of the surgery staff helping him. He fixed my Mama’s ankle while she was up here from Huntsville, AL. My prayers go out to the family as they grieve his passing, but they know he’s waiting for them in heaven. God’s blessings to you all!
July 1, 2021
I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Foster at Baptist Hospital starting starting in 1987. I was a new graduate, and new hire. He was always happy to teach me any procedure I was interested in. He was kind to all the staff, no matter what their position. Working with Dr. Foster, I could see how competent and confident he was. I learned so much from him. He was always such a pleasure to work with, for sure. When my 3 1/2 yo son was diagnosed with Leukemia, I was a mess. We were all quite scared. Dr. Foster took the time to come to Children’s Hospital, and see me. He was quite emotional, which was so touching. I hugged him and told him Nicholas was going to be fine. And, he was. He just turned 32, and is living his dreams. Honestly. He was one of the kindest, most genuine men. A joy to work with. I’ll never forget the kindness he showed me at work, and when my son was sick. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of his family and friends. May God hold you in his loving arms during this very difficult time.
June 30, 2021
Dr. Foster was the kindest, laid back sweet man. He always had a smile and a kind word to say to me. He will be remembered forever for that.