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Joshua David Foster

June 1, 1977April 9, 2019
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Joshua David Foster age 41 of Jackson, GA, beloved son of Susan and Jody Irvin, and David Foster, passed away, Tuesday, April 9, 2019.

Loving father of Ashlyn & Leland Foster. He is also survived by siblings; Jason Irvin, Sarah Lewis, Luke Irvin, Clint Foster, Alison Foster, grandparents, Barbara Bialik, James and Joyce Irvin, his children's mother, Christina Foster and her son Tyler, nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of loving family and friends.

Family and friends are invited to gather for visitation on Monday, April 15, 2019 from 5-8 p.m. and Tuesday, April 16, 2019 from 1-2 p.m. at Horis A. Ward Funeral Home Fairview Chapel, 376 Fairview Road, Stockbridge, GA 30281, where funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. Burial will immediately follow in Bethel Church Cemetery, Fairview Road, Stockbridge, GA.

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  • Loving father of Ashlyn & Leland Foster. He is also survived by siblings; Jason Irvin, Sarah Lewis, Luke Irvin, Clint Foster, Alison Foster, grandparents, Barbara Bialik, James and Joyce Irvin, his children's mother, Christina Foster and her son Tyler, nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of loving family and friends.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, April 15, 2019
  • Visitation Tuesday, April 16, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, April 16, 2019
REMEMBERING

Joshua David Foster

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Susan (Mom-ma_ Irvin

April 20, 2019

Joshua, I remember your birth like it was yesterday. I remember your first Smile while you laid in your baby bed. You were good at Spelling and English in school. I was not taught phonics so when you began that---- I cried while you were in Kindergarten thinking I was not able to help you already. Everything had changed from the way I was taught, but you did well. The unforgetable pain of what we now know as OCD- that began about age 10. Your fear of voicing out loud so you kept this in struggling alone. I remember how you were determined to explain it just right believing that Mom-ma could fix it. I listened and listened for years and the help was the Word of God. Medications made things worse and other family did not believe your struggle.. Loving to live but not to live another day wakening and dreaming of OCD thoughts that froze you in fear. I know you blamed me for the inherited gene from time to time. More than anything else you never wanted anyone to suffer like you have. You always had a Heart for anyone struggling with Mental Illness. You prayed for your siblings not to be oppressed and you prayed for your children even asking God to give more OCD to you than for any of them to be tormented. You always said that you knew no one that could Endure through this struggle. I was the Sounding Board with pain in my heart for the Struggle you had with this. My heart was for you to live another Day. We had a break through when you had children, you believe you were Healed. You had a new Focus......Son you did a Great Job the Most Important Job was to put the Love of Jesus into your children and if that was your only Purpose you did that the best I have known. You put that in their hearts daily. You had some struggles Walking the Walk, , and being Lonely. You were a Helper to me. You were the Most Willing to Help Me. I know you are with God and you are saying Wow- I could have had this while I was on Earth!!! I Love You Son- Mom-ma

Caleb Phillips

April 15, 2019

Hey Josh! I just want you to know that you are the best Uncle in the world! I love you so much, and I wish I could have gotten more time with you on this Earth. I know you're up there looking down upon us, smiling. You were a wonderful mentor and an even better Uncle. I love you, and I miss you. So here's one final "hoorah" to our great times. Love you!

-Caleb

Lauren Blum

April 15, 2019

Joshua! It's been years since I've seen or talked to you but I can still hear you respond "what-a-wha". You were probably one of the funniest people I've known, you could make me laugh no matter the situation, even when you had your struggles you made sure that everyone around you was okay. I know your walking around w/ big Dave in heaven now and you're finally at peace. My prayers are with your family

Sarah Lewis

April 15, 2019

Dear Joshua aka Budroe,
I just wish I had more time with you here on earth. It has made me realize how quickly those we love can be ripped away from us. You used to call me "snaggletooth", "little bird", and "old woman". I didn't know which was coming but I answered to all 3 lol. You really missed grandpa as did I. When either of us were really down and missing him we knew we could call each other and talk about the good times. Grandpa was the one who gave us all nicknames and you made sure that tradition was carried on through the years, even down to your sweet children whom you called "Tic tock Tyler", "Leland the Great" and "Little Beautiful Ashlyn". Above all you were a good and loving father, and a great uncle always there to teach the kids a thing or two about sports. Caleb aka No no loved making you proud when he accomplished what Uncle Josh taught him as did the other kids. You were always a patient teacher and a great coach. Above all you instilled the love of the Lord in your children. You accomplished the most important job a father should Josh! I'm so proud of you for the father you became. We've shared so many laughs together. You always knew how to put a funny spin on things and make everyone smile. Whenever I needed you, you were always there helping me in anyway that you knew how. You were the best brother and in all honesty my best friend! I love you Joshua I feel like a piece of myself has been stolen. I know you're in heaven walking with Jesus, with grandpa at your side. That is the one thing I know for certain that gives me comfort each passing day. I long for one more of your strong hugs and will see you soon carrying a big smile on my face. This isn't goodbye Joshua, it's I'll see you later!
Love your little sister,
Sarah

Luke Irvin

April 15, 2019

I remember all the times you called me in your dark places and asked for light. I shared with you words that were not my own and you knew that God spoke to you through me. You remember me coming by all those times and sharing with you Gods power to redeem you and you cried on my shoulder and found peace. I love you and know you had challenges. You handled it best you can and now Jesus has repaired and removed the things you cried out to Him for. Your peace now obliterates all your previous concerns. I love you big brother! Time has ceased for you ,but now their is no wait for us.

Brett Lewis

April 14, 2019

I remember the first day we met, we bonded instantly playing catch with the baseball in your backyard for hours. You were so competitive and I loved that about you. We used to play basketball for money in your driveway and you beat me evertime. It got so bad that you would feel sorry for me and let me win sometimes. You always kept me laughing even when I was upset, you always did your best to keep everyone around you in good spirits no matter how good or bad the situation might be. You were the best at putting yourself last when it came to family and friends in need of help, didn't matter what you were doing, if someone needed your help you were always there. Your famous line would be " hey man I may not know exactly how to help, but just tell me what to do and I'll do it". You were a true brother and you always kept it real with me and I love you for that. I will miss you Josh, you can never be replaced. Until we meet again, fly high brother and keep watch over us. WE LOVE YOU JOSH FOSTER!!!

Clint Foster

April 14, 2019

It is hard to believe you’re gone, but I’m sure I’ll always look up to you and admire you. You were so much fun to be around and you always loved helping me out and helping out anyone around.
From playing as kids to helping me with baseball to watching me ride motocross, I always appreciated our time together.
Thanks for always being supportive and I’ll really miss you, but I will see you again soon.

Jason Irvin

April 14, 2019

To my Brother,

I still cant believe you are gone. We met when we were 7 years old and became best friends. I have a lot of memories of us together from skateboarding, hunting with Grandpa to getting our drivers license. I remember us sneaking up on your mom and my dad while they were kissing in the swing and then laughing when they didn't notice us laying under the swing. I remember us having a war with our BB guns shooting at each other around Grandpas hunting cabin and shooting out all of the windows in the process and afterwards realizing what we had just done. Grandpa was not very happy with us. While we were teenagers we were always together finding something to get into.. You always had your family's back even when the odds were against you. I know you loved your kids more than anything and i have never seen you so happy as you were when you were around them. I will always remember you and all the times we had. Until I see you again, rest in peace.

Jason

Christina Foster

April 14, 2019

He would help out anybody he could if they needed it.. Josh was real big on letting the kids know who Jesus was and he started with Tyler, he never made Tyler feel left out and in his eyes Tyler was his son, his nickname was "TicToc Tyler"he would say Tyler you can do what?? Tyler would say i can do all things through christ who strengthens me, he would say don't ever forget that lil buddy..Josh had his own thing with all 3.. He taught them all the little songs they sing about Jesus and he would say Leland the Great, LiL Beautiful who is in your heart and they say Jesus..daddy.. jesus is in our heart's,, he would say thats right! They love church and they know alot about Jesus and its all because of Josh..They r gonna miss you so much...We are gonna miss you so much, Josh was the only person that understood my anxiety attacks and he was the only person that i could talk to that understood them, he was wanting to start doing counseling for OCD because he suffered with that many years..When the kids came along he got better., he wanted to help other people that suffered..I guess i could write for days..Josh i will see you again one day and everyday until then I promise to keep teaching your CHILDREN what you wanted..I will keep them in church, I will sign Leland the Great up for BASEBALL..I will sign Lil Beautiful up for dance..But most important they will know how much you loved them..I PROMISE.. WE LOVE YOU AND YOU ARE GONNA BE SO MISSED. The picture im posting was taken recently..That was another thing Josh was so proud of because it was Leland and Dada day and Lelands first movie at the theater" spiderman" and we had never seen Leland so happy we took this picture together because our son was so Happy.. they were so happy...

Christina Foster

April 14, 2019

Josh i just can't believe your gone! I remember we used to sit and talk about if something happened to 1 of us we would regret it because we talked so ugly to each other, well YOU WERE RIGHT AS ALWAYS because im hurt so bad Josh, im so sorry i wasn't there Im so sorry that the last words we said to each other were horrible, IM SORRY BECAUSE YOUR GONE AND I CAN'T TELL YOU THAT I LOVE YOU AND I DIDN'T KEEP OUR PROMISE, now everyday i will hurt knowing that. I do PROMISE THAT i will always EVERY DAY let your babies know how much you loved them, EVERY time he talked to Ashlyn over the phone or just randomly through out the day he would say "Lil Beautiful"im thinking of a song and she has the biggest smile on her face because she already knew what he was gonna say next and she would start singing and at the same time they would start singing " you are so BEAUTIFUL TO ME, Josh did this a 1000 times a day BECAUSE he wanted Ashlyn and Leland to have their on special thing with him, "LELAND THE GREAT" was his name for Leland and he would say How much does dada love you? And Leland would have to say thissssss muchhhhhh and they would both stretch their arms out as far as they would go, and he would say don't ever forget that son!!! Josh, i will never ever let them forget that..He loved his kids so much...I will never forget the day i looked at him and said " WE FINALLY DID IT" he would tell everybody that them were some of the best words he ever heard in his life, we tried and planned over a year and it finally happened and that was one of his happiest moments, then he said the other happiest day in his life was when we were told " IT WAS A GIRL"....Josh and I had a special bond nobody ever understood and we got a divorce but at the end of the day we loved each other and we both regretted that divorce and we wasn't together anymore and we both were to stubborn to give in and make things right but he was always my BESTFRIEND/SOULMATE and i know i was his..Josh had a BIG HEART

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Biography

Joshua David Foster age 41 of Jackson, GA, beloved son of Susan and Jody Irvin, and David Foster, passed away, Tuesday, April 9, 2019.

Loving father of Ashlyn & Leland Foster. He is also survived by siblings; Jason Irvin, Sarah Lewis, Luke Irvin, Clint Foster, Alison Foster, grandparents, Barbara Bialik, James and Joyce Irvin, his children's mother, Christina Foster and her son Tyler, nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of loving family and friends.

Family and friends are invited to gather for visitation on Monday, April 15, 2019 from 5-8 p.m. and Tuesday, April 16, 2019 from 1-2 p.m. at Horis A. Ward Funeral Home Fairview Chapel, 376 Fairview Road, Stockbridge, GA 30281, where funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. Burial will immediately follow in Bethel Church Cemetery, Fairview Road, Stockbridge, GA.