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Ott-Laughlin Funeral Home

645 West Central Ave, Winter Haven, FL

OBITUARY

Leighton Johnson Foss

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Leighton Johnson Foss, 77 of Lake Wales, Florida passed away on Saturday, August 13th in Winter Haven with his cherished family by his side. He is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years, Elizabeth (Rogers) Foss; son Daniel L. Foss (Ashley Wilock) of Bennington, Vermont; daughter Beth Cameron (Vince) of Fort Myers, Florida; grandchildren Jaimie and Kyle Cameron; sister Claire F. Smith (Edwin) of Weston, Massachusetts and several nieces and nephews. Leighton was born on May 2, 1939 in Exeter, NH to Harold L. Foss and Emma Jane Foss (nee Johnson). He was a 1957 graduate of Exeter High School. He graduated from Alderson Broaddus University in 1962 and graduated from Andover Newton Theological Seminary in 1965 where after he became an ordained minister and dedicated his life to serving the Lord. He pastored churches in New York, Maine and throughout Massachusetts before retiring to Florida in 2005. For the past eleven years he has been employed with Publix Super Markets in Lake Wales where he worked in the deli. He considered this a ministry as well. He was a member of First Christian Church in Winter Haven where he enjoyed preaching on occasion. His devotion to his family was evident and his gentle spirit blessed all who knew him. He was a confidant, an encourager, and a loyal friend. He always looked for the good in all people. Friends have described him as compassionate, generous, loving, cheerful, patient and godly. He will be greatly missed. He enjoyed reading, movies, gardening, watching the sunset and trips to the ocean. He loved baseball and was a life-long fan of the Boston Red Sox. His memorial service will be held at Ott-Laughlin Funeral Home in Winter Haven on Thursday, August 18th at 4:30pm. Please consider wearing blue, as this was his favorite color. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Alderson Braddeus University Advancement Office 101 College Hill Drive Campus Box 2154 Phillipi, West Virginia annotating that the donation is in memory of Leighton J. Foss or to the Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, Florida.

Services

  • Memorial Service Thursday, August 18, 2016

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September 14, 2016

We remember a kind, gentle soul who served our church as an Interim Pastor, and while there baptized our grandson. Prayers from our family to yours. Barbara & David King

Beth Cameron

September 11, 2016

I miss my Dad so much. I couldn't have asked for a better father. My heart is broken. Praying for strength!

Deb Stephenson

September 2, 2016

Our sincere sympathy and prayers are with your entire family. We so appreciated Leighton's calming presence during his time at the Groveland Congregational Church. Elizabeth - please know that Leighton's death was announced in church and included in our corporate prayers. Jaimie - we remember you as a child visiting your grandparents and joining us to see Finding Nemo.
Sincerely Deb and Dave Stephenson

Dorris O'Leary

August 29, 2016

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Elizabeth and your family at the passing of Rev.Foss.He was a good man who helped the Groveland Congregationl Church through a difficult time.

August 18, 2016

John and Betty Labrecque, Gorham Maine.
Always a true trusted friend

Kevin Welch

August 18, 2016

Dan & Foss Family,

Extremely sad to hear of the passing of Reverend Foss. One awesome memory I have is when Rev Foss started the Living Manger during Christmas Time at the church in Hinsdale, MA. I believe Rev Foss called it the Living Cresh. He was a pioneer, a thinker with God-Like ideas, he was a true ambassador of God on Earth.
God Bless Foss Family.

Al Labozzetta

August 18, 2016

Leighton and I worked together at publix for years. We became good friends.I will miss him.My condolence to his family Al Labozzetta

Michelle Quintana

August 16, 2016

My heartfelt condolences, Beth. Praying for you and your whole family during the one part of our lives that is the most difficult. Thinking of you.

Edy Jones

August 16, 2016

will be thinking of you and the family and lifting you up in prayer that our Lord will comfort you and give you His peace and consolation as you travel this path. What a blessing to have such a Godly earthly father. Wish I had known him.

Rev. Marilyn Holloway

August 16, 2016

Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Leighton and Elizabeth were good friends and we grieve his passing. We are praying for all of his family. He was truly a man of God and had a gentle, loving spirit. It was an honor to have worked alongside of him. He will be missed.

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