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Firefighter
Age: 46
Year of Death: 2023

James Arness Foster

James Foster was born on March 21, 1976, to the late Brenda L. Foster. James attended Cumberland County Public School System. He later received a job for many years and met the love of his life. James was a devoted and loving husband for 25 years to his wife, Della Foster. Everyone he ever met knew how much he loved his wife.

James joined the Rice Volunteer Fire Department as a volunteer firefighter and later became a property sergeant with the department. He always appreciated the Rice Volunteer Fire Department and being a part of the team. James was always 100% invested in whatever he put his mind to. Nine years later, he remained a volunteer in the fire department.

James started his career at Schewels Furniture, where he was a delivery driver and shortly after was promoted to warehouse manager for many years. James met a lot of wonderful people and made many friends along the way.

He was also a great outdoorsman, He loved to go fishing and hunting. If it was a nice sunny day, James would go out on his boat to fish and relax with a friend or two. James loved the company. He also was a huge fan of the Dallas Cowboys and the L.A. Lakers.

James loved his family and friends, and his family and friends loved to be around him! He loved his stepchildren and grandkids, and we can’t forget about his dog, Rex, who couldn’t wait for him to get home and play. Something we loved so much about James was that he would just call everyone he knew and check up on you randomly. He was such a joyful soul who could make you laugh until you cry! There was never a dull moment when he was around.

James received his CDL certificate in June 2022.

James A. Foster passed away January 29, 2023, with his sudden illness, surrounded by the ones he loved. He is truly missed by all his family and friends, including his wife, stepchildren, grandkids, siblings, aunts, many nieces and nephews, and his dog, Rex.

We miss you every day! It’s not the same without you in our lives. You are always loved, never forgotten, and forever missed! Until we meet again.

Thank you to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation for also keeping his memory alive, and to the Rice Fire Department. James would be so touched and honored.

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