Anthony E. Foster

February 17, 1989September 3, 2019
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Anthony Ellis Foster, 30, left this life suddenly on September 3, 2019. He resided in the Cottonwood-Sedona, Arizona area before taking a position in the cleanup efforts for the Paradise City, CA wildfires. A gifted musician, poet, and artist, he enjoyed the serenity of nature and the close bonds of family and friends. He could be found hiking with friends in the Red Rocks of Sedona or sitting quietly with his dog, Georgie. Though his life was brief, the love and light he possessed attracted many. Anthony’s best quality was his ability to make everyone at ease and they loved being in his presence. The impact of his life and suddenness of his loss has been felt by his family and friends. He was a quiet leader, a gentle guide, and beloved son and friend. Anthony is survived by his father, Brian Drafts Foster and his step-mother, Terri Dolliver Foster, whom he loved beyond words; his mother, Miriam Egleston Gilmore and her husband, Brent Gilmore; paternal grandmother, Eleanor Foster of Lexington; uncle, Donald Foster of Lexington; niece, Makayla Foster of Lexington; step-grandparents, Roger and Jean Dolliver of Menominee, MI; cousin, Jenny Drennen of Burbank, CA; step-grandfather, Tom Gilmore (Jo) of Marshalltown, IA and his faithful dog, Georgie. He was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, William and Julia Egleston. He will be greatly missed by family members and friends he left behind. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Lexington Chapel, and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to, which is being used to set up a memorial bench in the Sedona National Park in his honor.


  • Visitation Tuesday, September 10, 2019
  • Visitation one hour prior to the service Wednesday, September 11, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, September 11, 2019


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Trina Fonseca

September 11, 2019

I don’t know Anthony very well except I heard alote of great things about him from his best friend Danny Bragg(I’m Danny fiancée)..Danny was soo done when he heard about Anthony so I wrote some poems for Anthony from Danny and I...
Goodbye, My Friend
We’ve done alote of things that we’ll never regret, the good ones or the bad ones, moment’s I’ll never forget. It’s hard for me to cheer up, because I am feeling blue by accepting the fact that my life’s never the same without you. You’ve been here with me, through my ups and my downs, you’ll be willing to walk on by the outskirts of all towns, just to help me get through, my problems all along. Now that you are already gone, I guess I have to be strong I’ll miss you my friend.

In Memory
It broke our hearts to lose you,
But you did not go alone.
A part of us went with you,
the day God took you home.
If tears could build a stairway,
And heartaches make a lane
We’d walk our way to heaven,
And bring you back again.
In life we loved you dearly,
in death we love you still
In our hearts you hold a place
No one could ever fill.

Missing You
We don’t know why you had to go but we know that we will miss you so, with your happy smile, and your sense of fun, we can’t take it in, that you are gone. You have brought joy to everyone’s life that you touched and you are missed sooo very much but a beautiful soul lives on forever and memories of you, we will always treasure. Now your spirit has set free to be with your God, for eternity enfolded in love, as you soar on high but for awhile, we must say goodbye but not forever will see eachother again, so Rest In Peace Anthony, free from all the pain, till we meet in heaven, United again.
We love you Anthony
Trina and Danny Bragg

Elise Pauley

September 11, 2019

Anthony was such a gifted and talented soul! His humor was contagious. He was always a joy to be around and will be greatly missed.

Our hearts are with you.

Jill Huffman

September 9, 2019

Miriam, I have no words to express how deeply saddened I am by the loss of your beloved son. I hope you can stay close to people who feel like sunlight to you and your husband, Brent. There are many caring people here whose hearts ache for you and your family during this time. Please be gentle with yourselves and each other, and take solace in the love and concern of others.

Nicole Clinebelle (Whitney's sister)

September 9, 2019

I just got the news today, as we live in India now, and I'm brought to tears. When I think of Ant, feel his humbleness and quiet confidence. He had a strength that I've rarely seen. I will miss his precious spirit. God be with you, Anthony. Praying for you Miriam, Terri and Bryan...I can't even imagine the grief and sorrow. Our hearts are with you.

Nila Ballentine

September 8, 2019

May God's peace go with you Anthony. You will be missed and especially seeing you strumming your guitar at family gatherings. Love you, Aunt Nila Faye

Whitney Von Hester

September 7, 2019

I've been still processing this news for the past few days. Sorry it took me so long to get reachable for anyone who has been trying to contact me. Each day is so precious and to be loved fully unconquered by the things that constantly try to pull us down. We each have our own callings here that others do not understand, nor do we ourselves sometimes and should do nothing less than work together as we all walk each other home. Don't hold your passions inside! Find a way to Express your heart and voice daily. Anthony and I shaped each other through our teen years and unveiled much darkness and light together in this world as we learned what it means to find balance in such a maddening and beautiful place. I can now feel you in the trees with all of our ancestors in a peaceful place. Something you always said was "Two hands reaching out together in the darkness creates a light. " That's something that always stuck with me. We couldn't have walked this journey without each other and although it's been a crazy ride our wisdom, experience, and our hearts have echoed for each other and to many others along the way.
I hate you had to leave so soon but I'm happy you are whole at home in the stars. Always find a way to rise above, no matter what.
You will always be remembered and loved Anthos.

Lena Robinson

September 7, 2019

On the day that this photograph was taken, we were excited to get out and test his brand new camera. Too excited to read about how to adjust the apurture and f-stop even. So it was stuck on a setting that required for you to sit still for a few seconds, and every time I took the picture Ant started to talk to me, or wiggle his wiggles or both! Then he said he was tired of sitting still and got up to wander off. I shouted at him to get his butt back over there because I wanted this picture it's going to be a good picture! He had the type of heart to see humor in it rather than get defensive as you can see by his sassy little smirk. We went home and edited photos side by side and then spent the rest of this day snuggling, talking and laughing. All of the beautiful eloquently spoken ideas in his head mixing with my deepest thoughts. We could easily waste entire days away together like they were seconds passing by.

Tom Dawson

September 7, 2019

I had the chance to work with Anthony for two years in the kitchen as a kitchen manager/trainer . I loved pushing him to do his best , and he became during those two years ; whenever I'd get puffed up with pride: he brought me back down to being a "nobody" with his meekness and honesty. Yet whenever I got down on myself and felt like a stupid "nobody", he brought me back up to being a humble "nobody" with the same meekness and honesty..
I got to spend several nights talking with Anthony while giving him a ride home after work.... He was my friend and I was glad to see that same meekness and honesty that was within him manifest itself outwardly in his life by his pictures that he often posted. He was somebody to me, a humble and honest friend.

Robin Taylor

September 6, 2019

I met Anthony and Brian on a work project. Those two were inseparable I loved what they shared as father and son....Anthony was a great employee. I'm so sorry for the loss. My condolences to the family. Im glad I was able to meet the both of them. Keep your head up Brian and part of your work family.

Jessica Green

September 6, 2019

Anthony was so open minded and curious about this world and beyond making deep conversations some of the most memorable. He made us laugh easily and would laugh with us, finding the humor in some some of the life's toughest truths. One of the most caring, compassionate, and empathetic people I've known.