Mark G. Foster

Published 8:50 am Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Mark G. Foster, 49, of Tuscaloosa passed away at his residence Dec. 25. Funeral services will be held Friday, Dec. 31 at 11 a.m. at South Highlands Baptist Church of Tuscaloosa. Burial will follow in the Killingsworth New River Cemetery in Fayette.

Arrangements are being handled by Memory Chapel. Visitation will be Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Memory Chapel.

He is preceded in death by his father Billy Ray Foster. He is survived by nieces and nephews Brittany and Shaun Foster of Cartersville, Ga. Jonathan and Kristi Foster of Tuscaloosa, Mary Azilee and Matthew Foster of Demopolis, Kimberlee, Devon, Trevor and Mary Elizabeth Foster of Demopolis, Jeremy Foster of Demopolis and Steven Jr. and Stevani Foster of Demopolis, brothers Chris Foster (Vanya, Darien Foster, Brian Foster (Sherry), Todd Foster (Peggy), Paul Foster, Steven Foster (Ralene) and his mother Geraldine Foster. Pallbearers will include the University of Alabama Police Department.

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He loved the University of Alabama and filled many different roles at the university. He was a student, obtaining his undergraduate degree in Political Science/History in the last 80s. He was a professional staff member, working and assisting several different departments since 1985. He served the Division of Student Affairs as Operations Manager in the Ferguson Center, Assistant Director of Student Judicial Affairs, On-Call Dean and advisor to the STudent Judiciary and Alpha Kappa Lambda fraternity. His reach and influence extended past those positions. He also assisted the University Police and worked part-time with the University of Alabama Athletics department in football, men’s and women’s basketball and gymnastics. His commitment to the University of Alabama was not limited to an eight-hour day. He served in a capacity that involved trips to the hospital in the late night/early morning hours to visit students who were in emergency situations. Meeting with student groups at night was common for him as well as riding with the University Police. He also worked many athletic events on weekends and evenings. Mark served the university and its students at any opportunity that was given to him. Mark loved his family. If you did not know his family, you felt like you did. He had any family stories to share and he shared them joyously. He attended South Highlands Baptist church for several years. He previously served as a deacon and as choir director. Most importantly, Mark Foster was our friend, our brother and a son. We will miss him greatly.