Saul Foster

April 30, 1930March 8, 2018
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Saul Foster was born April 30, 1930 in Hurtsboro, Alabama to Mary Louise Foster Comer and Robert Grant. His grandmother, Annie Lee Foster, was the matriarch in his young life. After serving in the United States Army (Korean War) from 1953 -1955, he moved to Cleveland, Ohio, married Annie Lois Tolbert on 5/3/1958, fathered three daughters, and was a United Steelworkers of America member working nearly 40 years at LTV Steel. He moved to Beaverton, Oregon in December 2012 to live with his daughter and son-in-law, Claudette and Michael Banks.

Saul accepted Jesus Christ at an early age. Prior to leaving Cleveland, he was a long-term member of Israelite Missionary Baptist Church where he faithfully served in multiple capacities including the adult choir, male chorus and deacon board. He was deeply touched by the grand celebration held by IMBC prior to his relocation.

On March 8, 2018, 87 year old, Saul departed this life at home with Claudette and Michael by his side. Despite the challenges of Parkinson's Disease, he resolved to live life to the fullest, without complaint and thanking God for the strength given him each day. He appreciated his healthcare providers, valued prayer and gospel hymns, and enjoyed socializing, soul food, watching sports (boxing and Cleveland Cavaliers & Indians in particular), fishing, neighborhood walks, traveling and routinely winning at Dominos and Gin Rummy. His smile, humor and wisdom will truly be missed.

Saul leaves to cherish his memory: Daughters, Linda Brown of Columbus, Ohio and Claudette Banks (Michael) of Beaverton, Oregon; Grandson, Justin Harley of Columbus, Ohio; Granddaughter, MaLeta Smith of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; four great grandchildren, Justice, Jayana, Jaliya and Javaya all of Columbus, Ohio and a host of other relatives and friends. Preceding him in death are his parents, grandmother, brother/Carl Foster, Carl's wife/Vera and adopted daughter/Lisa, daughter/Evelyn Williams, children's mother/Annie, four uncles/Benjamin, Lee, Ira Lee and Robert Foster, and aunts/Carrie Smith, Mary Dent and Lillie Forrest.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to Dignity Memorial providers, Ross Hollywood Chapel and Skyline Memorial Garden & Funeral Home. Visitation held Thursday, March 29, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Homegoing service held Friday, March 30, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. with Reverend Dr. Johnny Pack IV officiating and providing music.

IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, the family respectfully suggests a donation be made in Saul's honor to the listed charities. All are welcome to document their donation, thoughts, fond memories and photos to:


Parkinson's Resources of Oregon 8880 SW Nimbus Avenue, Suite B Beaverton, Oregon 97008

Ride Connection 9955 NE Glisan Street Portland, Oregon 97220

Meals on Wheels People 7710 SW 31st Avenue Portland, Oregon 97219 Designated site for donation: Beaverton Center


  • Visitation Thursday, March 29, 2018
  • Homegoing Service Friday, March 30, 2018
  • Graveside Service Friday, March 30, 2018

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Cheryl LaTrece Foster

March 30, 2018

I am blessed to know Saul as both Cousin Saul (he is my Dad's nephew) and Uncle Saul (he was married to my Mom's sister). My understanding is Saul and Auntie Ann provided the 'hook-up' for my parents. My favorite memories involve times when Daddy and Saul were together. It was always a great time for all! I could sit and listen to Saul and Daddy reminisce and joke for hours! To me, Daddy and Saul were more like brothers than uncle and nephew. In my adult years, Saul would jokingly ask me, "Trece, do you have a cousin-in-law for me yet?" I guess Saul was still in the 'hook-up' business. I will miss him. My heartfelt sympathy is extended to anyone whose life was ever touched by Saul.

Deborah Dent-Barker-Bey

March 30, 2018

To my cousin, Rabbit, as I have called him that every since I was a kid. I will miss him dearly-especially our trips to Alabama and Chicago. Whenever he was ready to take a trip he would always call me to drive. He would truly be missed by many. May God comfort and console you all in your time of grief.

Cousin Deborah and family

tony brown

March 29, 2018

I already miss you dad. Your visits to Columbus, our walks in the park, and sipping wine while watching the Indians and the Cavaliers. I know you're gonna keep watch over us! Thanks for allowing me to call you dad. Love you much!

Darlene Redic

March 29, 2018

My name is Darlene Hicks Redic a friend of the family. I would like to first say that you have my deepest sympathy in the loss of your father. I have so many memories growing up with this family . Evelyn was my best friend in school and when she moved away life wasn’t the same. Mom Foster taught me the basics of sewing. Dad Foster was the best he was so nice . Lynn and Claudette l love you. May God continue to bless and keep you safe in this ever-changing world .

Lameta Tolbert

March 26, 2018

Uncle Saul you will always be in my heart. I will miss you calling me “Meme” the nickname I never Out grew. I will miss those days we had laughing and talking about life experiences. You will be missed. Lameta & kayla

La-Kita Williams

March 24, 2018

Uncle Saul, My Cleveland Indians baseball ⚾️ buddy. You have always been a part of my life. We will miss you at moms on holidays for dinner and that smile that lights the room. Rest well until we meet again. Love Nadine, Kita, Darnell, Devin & Cameron

Justin Harley

March 24, 2018

I will truly miss you papa i love you an you always made me feel like I did a good job with my life thank you for all the memories I'll never forget you!! Love Justin an family!!!

D. A. Witcher

March 24, 2018

Deacon Saul Foster is the epitome of what it is to be a Christian, a brother, a friend, a servant and a man. Having served beside him during my tenure as Pastor of the Israelite MBC, he was always full of wisdom and teaching that you can’t find in books or schools of learning. His smile, laughter, loyalty and quick witted responses are forever etched in my mind. He loved life, his family and God. Certainly he’ll be missed but never forgotten. To the family of Deacon Foster, on behalf of myself, my family and the Canaan MBC, we extend our deepest condolences and prayers. Tears are to be expected, tears are to be expressed but tears are not to be extended because for the child of God, to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord! Well done thy good and faithful servant, take your rest.

maleta smith

March 22, 2018

To My Papa,

Papa, you know you were my heart... I will miss your smiles, your advice, your craziness. Our weekly talks about life and you would always say me and Auntie Lynn was crazy as heck and when you wanted to get off the phone, you would say your ear was getting hot... You will always be in my heart. I miss you already.. Rest In Heaven Papa. I will always love you.......

Your Granddaughter

John Williams

March 22, 2018

To the family of Deacon Foster my wif e and I offer our deepest condolences. I only knew Foster for a short while it seems. I will always remember his infectious smile, he always seemed like the kid about to get into some mischief. Rest In Power for you are with the Heavenly Angels now.