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December 10, 2023

Dr. Josephine Alexander Foster

Dr. Josephine Alexander Foster

Dr. Josephine Alexander Foster, 86, of Stony Point, passed into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior on Sunday, September 10, 2017, at Iredell Memorial Hospital, in Statesville.

Dr. Foster was born on October 5, 1930, in Iredell County, and was the twin daughter of the late William Thomas Alexander and Vivian Johnson Alexander of Alexander County.

She attended Stony Point schools, and then she received her Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (then known as the Women’s College of North Carolina).

On June 9, 1957, she married Richard Harrison Foster, who preceded her in death. In 1963, Dr. Foster received the first doctorate awarded under her alma mater’s new name of University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

During the course of her esteemed career, Dr. Foster served in the Home Economics and Child Development departments at Columbia College, East Carolina University, Virginia Tech and Appalachian State University. She also performed in an administrative capacity with the Alexander County School system. After her retirement from the State of North Carolina, she served on the Catawba Valley Community College Board of Trustees for ten years. She was also the co-author of a textbook, Creative Living, for four editions.

Dr. Foster was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Floyd Thomas Alexander, and her twin sister, Geraldine Alexander Cranford.

Left to cherish her memory are her son, Richard Harrison Foster II (Joanie) of Boone; and her daughter, Amanda Foster Call (Farley) of North Wilkesboro. In addition, she is also survived by her beloved grandchildren, Lauren Foster, Ridge Graham, and Abby Foster; as well as two special nieces, Priscilla Crutchfield and Sharon Robbins (Rodney); and special cousins, Patricia Anderson and Micki Earp (Larry).

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Friday, September 15, 2017 at Stony Point United Methodist Church. Pastor Donnie Durham will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will visit with friends from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., prior to the service, in the fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to either Stony Point United Methodist Church, PO Box 120, Stony Point, NC 28678; or Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Relief Fund, PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607.

Condolences may be e-mailed to the Foster Family by visiting our website at

Chapman Funeral Home is assisting the family of Dr. Josephine Foster.


  1. Sacramenta Landrum on September 13, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    My deepest condolences to the Alexander family and friends for the loss of your dear love one Josephine. You will be reunited with her again on a brand new Paradise Earth no more sickness pain or death Life Without End Revelation 21:1-5

  2. Brian Alexander on September 14, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    Words can not express my sadness over such a monumental loss. My love to all the family and deepest condolences.

    Brian Alexander & family

  3. Mark Alexander on November 27, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Aunt Joe , you will be missed and never forgotten. I hope someday to see you and Grandma, Grandpa and dad in heaven. Rest easy.

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