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James Lewis "J. Lewis" Foster
Birth: Mar. 7, 1909
Midland County
Texas, USA
Death: Feb. 16, 1979
Mexico City
Distrito Federal, Mexico

James Lewis FOSTER (1909-1979) was born 07 March 1909 in Midland, Midland County, Texas. He is the son of Walter Wayne FOSTER (1881-1968) + Loula Cremora (COOK) FOSTER (1881-1971).

Lewis married Lou Ellen (SMITH) (1909-1999) on 30 May 1929 at Harding Christian College in Morrilton, Conway County, Arkansas. They had no children of their own, but were "parents", counselors, friends and benefactors to many children and adults all over the world.

Lewis, Lou Ellen and friends attended the Ballet Folklorico in Mexico City ; afterwards, Lewis had a heart attack. He died in the hospital on 16 February 1979 at 10:30 a.m. in Mexico City, Mexico. He was 69 years old. He is buried beside his wife in the Crestview Mausoleum in Wichita Falls, Wichita County, Texas.

Source: Poetry of JAMES LEWIS FOSTER, written on February 11, 1945, entitled, "The Unfortunate."

11 Feb 1945
The Unfortunate
Once upon a midnite beery, as I pondered weak and bleary
Over many a quaint and curious flagon of forgotten brew.
Suddenly there came a burping as of someone gently urping
From a much to(sic) frequent slurping of a potent mountain dew.
Is this fellow celebrating: or his troubles expurgating?
Haste me! I should see what caused his plight.
Be he gentleman or vermin, I his status to determine
Opened wide my door and made a light.
There I found a creature loaded; for a wonder not exploded
But compassion turned to pity all my sneers.
For he told me he was stinking all because he had been drinking - A concoction mixed by Army Engineers.
James Lewis Foster
1st Lt. Corps of Engineers
Army of the United States

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Source: The Fredrick Noonan "Nervous Navigators Award" for J. LEWIS FOSTER, dated 12th day of September, 1970.

The Fredrick Noonan
"Nervous Navigators Award" First Place
Be it known now and forever by all ye present and absent that this certificate is presented to
Who is fully qualified as a Nervous Navigator, and who has displayed the highest order of airmanship, good sportsmanship, and limited courage by flying with his own wife.
Awarded this 12th day of September 1970

(signed) Jim Oliver Nervous Navigator
(signed) Dan O'Neil Nervous Navigator
(signed) Gene Park Nervous Navigator
(signed) E. G. Allison Nervous Navigator
(signed) Paul M. Renton Nervous Navigator
(signed) J. Lewis Foster Nervous Navigator
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Marriage License from the State of Arkansas, County of Conway for J. LEWIS FOSTER and MISS LOU ELLEN SMITH on May 10, 1929; filed on May 31, 1929 on page 524 of Book 27 of Marriage Records.
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(form 460 Standard Arkansas Form Co. Legal Light, Copyright 1905)
Marriage License
State of Arkansas
County of Conway
To any person authorized by law to solemnize marriage greeting:
You are hereby commanded to solemnize the rite and publish the banns of Matrimony between MR. J. LEWIS FOSTER of Wichita Falls in the County of Wichita and State of Texas aged Twenty years and MISS LOU ELLEN SMITH of Oklahoma City in the County of Oklahoma and State of Oklahoma aged Twenty years according to law and do you officially sign and return this License, to the parties herein named.
(Seal) Witness my hand and official seal this 10 day of May 1929
Cleo Check
County Clerk
Certificate of Marriage
State of Arkansas )
County of Conway ) I Herman O. Wilson do hereby certify that on the 30 day of May 1929. I did duly and according to law as commanded in the foregoing License, solemnize the rite and publish the banns of Matrimony between the parties therein named.
Witness my hand, this 30 day of May 1929
My Credentials are recorded in Recorder's Office )
Conway County, Ark. Book "A" Page 310 )Herman O. Wilson
Minister, Church of Christ
NOTE - This License with the Certificate duly executed and officially signed, must be returned to the office whence it is issued within sixty days from the date of License, under penalty of forfeiture of the bond.
(Page 2)
Certificate of Record.
State of Arkansas )
County of Conway ) I, Cleo Check (note from Barbara Lee Smith Hunter = J. Lewis Foster's name was in this space but was erased)
Clerk of the county Court of said county certify that the above License for and Certificate of the Marriage of MR. J. LEWIS FOSTER and MISS LOU ELLEN SMITH was filed in my office on the 31 day of May 1929 and the same is duly recorded on page 524 of Book 27 of Marriage Records.
Witness my hand and the seal of said Court this 31 day of May 1929
Cleo Check Clerk

Marriage Certificate.

Recorded Book 27 Page 524
Returned and filed this 31 day of May 1929
Cleo Check Clerk
by (blank) D.C.
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Poem called "FILFULMENT" written by James Lewis Foster. He gave this poem and a $20.00 bill to married couples as they rushed off on their honeymoon. This was in addition to any other gifts he and Lou Ellen (Smith) Foster gave the couple.


When all the pomp and splendor
of the wedding day is done;
When the happiness you're planning
is actually begun;

When you've hit the trail together
and just you two are there;
And your hearts are light as feathers
and you're letting down your hair;

When organ notes are faded
and you're feeling glad and free;
Accept this friendly token;
Have a hamburger on me!

J. Lewis Foster

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Lewis graduated from Harding Christian College, Searcy, Arkansas in 1931 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and Lou Ellen graduated from there in 1931 with a Bachelor of Science degree. 
Family links: 
  Walter Wayne Foster (1881 - 1968)
  Loula Cremora Cook Foster (1881 - 1971)
  Lou Ellen Smith Foster (1909 - 1999)
Crestview Memorial Park
Wichita Falls
Wichita County
Texas, USA
Created by: Barbara Hunter
Record added: Nov 16, 2010
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- Neil B (John 3:16)
 Added: Feb. 1, 2012

- Melissa
 Added: Oct. 22, 2011
Uncle Lewis was the best Uncle in the world.
- Barbara Hunter
 Added: Feb. 24, 2011
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