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Salona Foster

Salona E. Foster (Eggleston)

Sunday, July 29th, 1928 - Sunday, August 2nd, 2020
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Dr. Salona E. Foster of Norfolk, VA made her heavenly transition on August 2, 2020 at age 92. Born in Warren County, NC on July 29, 1928 to Ned and Mary Eggleston, she was the youngest of twelve siblings.
A graduate of John R. Hawkins High School, she earned her bachelor’s degree from Fayetteville State University, two master’s degrees in Education from Virginia State University and her doctorate in Education from Penn State University and Coppin State University. Professionally, she was an Early Childhood educator for the city of Portsmouth, VA and, upon retiring, worked at the Commissioner of the Revenue office at Norfolk City Hall.
She was married for 54 years to the love of her life, the late Rev. Dr. John H. Foster, and served for over 40 years as First Lady of Shiloh Baptist Church, Norfolk and, prior to that, as First Lady of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Knoxville, TN. She worked tirelessly to help build programs at Shiloh, like the mid-week prayer service (inviting each family in the church to serve as prayer leaders), singing in the choir and helping produce holiday concerts, leading the Hospitality committee, and helping facilitate special events. Together they had two sons, Dr. Laguna O. Foster and Dr. John Shévin Foster, and four grandchildren. She was also blessed with a loving daughter-in-law, LaKesia Jolley Foster, her third and fourth sons/nephews, Dr. Dexter Allgood and Billy Alston, and a host of loving family – primarily in Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Virginia.
Always active in the community, she was the owner of Foster’s Baton School, a celebrated singer and member of The Famous Friendly Trio, a member of Iota Phi Lambda, Sorority, Inc. Alpha Chi Chapter, the Minister’s Wives and Minister’s Widows Alliance of Tidewater, and she assisted her husband’s work with the Tidewater Metro Baptist Minister’s Conference and the Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Missionary Conference.
She loved travel, and in 1976 she led a group from Hampton Roads churches on an educational trip to London, England. She was a basketball lover and business woman (she played for Fayetteville State U.), and she sponsored ongoing trips for friends to the Washington Wizards games in Washington, DC, so much so, that the travel company made her a partner and printed her name on the side of its bus. She received honors and recognition from several organizations for her outstanding service.

The first in her immediate family to earn the title “Dr. Foster,” she went on to support her husband and sons in becoming an entire family of Dr. Fosters. To many young people she mentored and nurtured (now adults), however, she was also known as “Mother Foster.” Salona was always present to support and celebrate the achievements of others, and to help those in need. She was strong. She loved to laugh and rejoice. She loved her family and friends, and she loved God.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, August 10th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Monday, August 10th, 2020 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Graves Funeral Home
    1631 Church St.
    Norfolk, VA 23504
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  • Service

    Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 11:00am
    Graves Funeral Home Chapel
    1631 Church St
    Norfolk, VA 23504
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  • Interment

    Forest Lawn Cemetery
    8100 Granby Street
    Norfolk, VA 23505
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Jerome Bynum

Posted at 11:27am
Jerome & Thelma Bynum
Our condolences to the Foster family on the loss Mrs. Salona E. Foster. Mrs. Foster was a great lady and she demonstrated her greatness through her love and compassion for all people. She was always willing to lend a helping hand to those less fortunate. Her charity was only match by her ability to see goodness in all of her endeavors. We thank God for a life well lived. Thanks be to God!

Audrey Douglas-cooke

Posted at 12:35pm
On behalf of Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Alpha Chi Chapter, our heartfelt condolences to Dr. Salona Foster's family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. She will be terribly missed, but never forgotten. Audrey Douglas-Cooke, President.

Audrey Douglas-Cooke, President

Posted at 11:32am
Alpha Chi Chapter of Iota Phi Lambda Sorority extend our condolences to the family. Soror Salona you will be missed!
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Love your fam in Love! Althea, Jah, Larry, Cherry,

Posted at 11:00am
Dearest (Doc), we are unable to be there physically, youre in our prayers & hearts! Thanks Salona for sharing one of your greatest creations with us!
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Evelena Carter

Posted at 09:42am
I thank God for putting Mrs. Foster in the life of so many children. My girls were in Foster"s Baton School! She really was a special person. Rev Foster and Mrs. Foster will always be in my heart. They encouraged my soul in the Lord!
J Posted at 11:21pm

To Shevin and family my prayers are with you. My daughter, Angela Brown was one of Dr. Salona Foster Baton students.

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