OBITUARY

Betty Jo Dickerson Foulke

July 12, 1934March 28, 2018
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Betty Jo Dickerson Foulke ended her battle with cancer when she entered into His Presence on March 28, 2018. Her body is renewed and her faith is complete.

Betty Jo was born in Coal Hill, Arkansas, July 12, 1934 to Olin and Ollie Dickerson. She grew up in Clarksville, Arkansas where she attended the College of the Ozarks. While attending college, she was a full time student with three jobs, held office in numerous campus organizations, played basketball for the college as well as graduated Suma Cum Laude with a degree in Physical Education and a minor in Business. She began her teaching career in Colorado where she married Lester (Les) Foulke, a lifelong friend, also from Clarksville. She was a beloved teacher in Texarkana at both Arkansas and Texas High. She was Tennis Coach, Pep-Squad Sponsor, FCA Sponsor and Health Teacher. She retired in 1988 from teaching and worked alongside her husband at Les’ Guns and Gear for over 20 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Olin and Ollie Dickerson, and three brothers (Infant Robert, LeRoy, Larry). She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Les, her daughters Leslie Jo Mullins (Wayne) of Cabot, Arkansas, and Kimberly Suzette Rice (Jack) of Allen, Texas and five beloved grandchildren, Denver and Bridget Mullins; Taylor, Emily and Trevor Rice.

Betty loved to spend time with her family, travel and especially enjoyed her summers in Vallecito, Colorado where she was blessed with many lasting friendships.

Among many amazing attributes, one of the most cherished by her family is that she has, many times, been referred to as a “very honorable lady”. This description is extremely accurate in both her business and personal life. She always desired to honor the Lord above all and demonstrated this desire by living a life surrendered to His Will. She will be missed every single day, but we look forward to seeing her once again when we meet Our Heavenly Father face to face.

Celebration of Life will be held in Texarkana on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at East Funeral Home (Moores Lane) at 2:00pm.

No graveside service at this time.

The family would like to express sincere appreciation for the love and support of the caregivers of Hospice of Texarkana. A special word of thanks goes out to Linda Marlar, a true Godsend in our time of need.

Online tributes may be made at www.eastfuneralhomes.com or East Funeral Home Facebook page.

  • FAMILY

  • Les Foulke, Husband
  • Leslie Jo and Wayne Mullins, Daughter and son-in-law
  • Kimberly Suzette and Jack Allen, Daughter and son-in-law
  • Denver and Bridget Mullins and Taylor, Emily and Trevor Rice, Grandchildren

Services

  • Celebration of Life Saturday, April 7, 2018
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D Carmichael Newman

May 13, 2018

Just came across this. So sad for the family to read of Betty's passing. She was a kind and gentle lady, always patient and loved by students and teachers alike. She will be missed by many.

Becky Browning

April 8, 2018

Mrs. Foulke was my coach when I was on the Texas High tennis team in the mid-70s. I still marvel at her patience particularly on the road trips. She was always kind and caring and is one of those teachers that I still remember with great fondness. I hope her family knows how many lives she touched.

Lauren Kizziar

April 7, 2018

Dear Mr. Foulke, Leslie, and Kim-

I was saddened to learn of Mrs. Foulke's passing last week from cancer. I know she has had a long, hard, fight. I'm sorry that Mama and I were not able to attend her service today, as my mother has just been released from the hospital. I have many happy memories of growing up with you girls as neighbors, as well as your mom in the pep squad, and living next door myself for a number of years. We are praying for comfort for you and your family.

Sincerely,
Lauren Weeks Kizziar

Debbie Hopkins Cole

April 5, 2018

Mrs. Foulke was my cheerleader/pepsquad sponsor at Texas High School in the early 80's. She was such a sweet, special lady that I always enjoyed being around. Mrs. Foulke had great "Tiger" spirit and set a wonderful example for all of us to cheer our hearts out for our team! I also remember how important being a wife and mom was to her. She frequently spoke of how proud she was of her children. Family was definitely a priority for her! Heaven is brighter tonight with the addition of Mrs. Foulke.

Sincerely,
Debbie Hopkins Cole

David Mullins

April 2, 2018

I have some great memories of Betty. I didn't travel much as a child, but a couple of the few trips I did take was with Betty. She always made the trips fun and memorable. Love her and will miss her. Heaven welcomed in a new angel last week.

Jimmy Livesay

April 2, 2018

Mrs. Foulke was my tennis coach at Texas High back in the '70's...what a sweet lady. I've been a tennis pro for the last 37 years here in Shreveport so those years playing at Texas High are very special to a lot of us. Prayers go out to her family. Jimmy Livesay

David Blase

April 2, 2018

We came to Highland Park Baptist Church in 1979 and left in 1986. Betty and Les were such pillars in this congregation! We love them! Betty was a true Christian lady in every sense of the word. We could just see Jesus shining out of her! ( Matthew 5: 14=16). We are confident that Betty is in the presence of her Savior and Lord and we await the Second Coming of Jesus when the dead in Christ shall arise! ( 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18) We love you, Les and family!
Brother David and Anna Blase

Kathie Rehkopf

April 2, 2018

Betty was one of my most treasured friends for over 50 years beginning when she was my Pep Squad Sponsor at Texas High. She had the gift of encouragement, always willing to listen and help you laugh through good times and bad. She was one of the most honorable ladies I have every known. She loved her family and took great care of them. The most important thing about Betty, though, is that she was a true Christian. There is no doubt that Heaven rejoiced when she walked in. As hard as it is to let her go, we have not lost her - We KNOW where she is. I will always remember her kind nature and sweet smile. I was truly blessed to have known Betty.

Linda Marlar

April 1, 2018

What an honor it was to serve this lady, her husband, and daughters. I will never forget her sweet spirit. She passed that spirit on to her daughters. She is truly missed. I am so grateful I got to be a part of her life. Love to you all.

Ginger Patterson

March 31, 2018

Mrs. Betty Foulke was our Red Jacket sponsor and gym teacher when we were newbies at Texarkana Arkansas High School, fall of 1962. She was with us for two years, then went to Texas High. She was a sweet, kind, lovely lady and everyone liked her. I will never forget her. Sometimes I would stop in at Les's Guns to see her.
I know she is whole again and in Heaven with her Lord. RIP, Betty.
Ginger Porterfield Patterson

Biography

Betty Jo Dickerson Foulke ended her battle with cancer when she entered into His Presence on March 28, 2018. Her body is renewed and her faith is complete.

Betty Jo was born in Coal Hill, Arkansas, July 12, 1934 to Olin and Ollie Dickerson. She grew up in Clarksville, Arkansas where she attended the College of the Ozarks. While attending college, she was a full time student with three jobs, held office in numerous campus organizations, played basketball for the college as well as graduated Suma Cum Laude with a degree in Physical Education and a minor in Business. She began her teaching career in Colorado where she married Lester (Les) Foulke, a lifelong friend, also from Clarksville. She was a beloved teacher in Texarkana at both Arkansas and Texas High. She was Tennis Coach, Pep-Squad Sponsor, FCA Sponsor and Health Teacher. She retired in 1988 from teaching and worked alongside her husband at Les’ Guns and Gear for over 20 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Olin and Ollie Dickerson, and three brothers (Infant Robert, LeRoy, Larry). She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Les, her daughters Leslie Jo Mullins (Wayne) of Cabot, Arkansas, and Kimberly Suzette Rice (Jack) of Allen, Texas and five beloved grandchildren, Denver and Bridget Mullins; Taylor, Emily and Trevor Rice.

Betty loved to spend time with her family, travel and especially enjoyed her summers in Vallecito, Colorado where she was blessed with many lasting friendships.

Among many amazing attributes, one of the most cherished by her family is that she has, many times, been referred to as a “very honorable lady”. This description is extremely accurate in both her business and personal life. She always desired to honor the Lord above all and demonstrated this desire by living a life surrendered to His Will. She will be missed every single day, but we look forward to seeing her once again when we meet Our Heavenly Father face to face.

Celebration of Life will be held in Texarkana on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at East Funeral Home (Moores Lane) at 2:00pm.

No graveside service at this time.

The family would like to express sincere appreciation for the love and support of the caregivers of Hospice of Texarkana. A special word of thanks goes out to Linda Marlar, a true Godsend in our time of need.

Online tributes may be made at www.eastfuneralhomes.com or East Funeral Home Facebook page.