Walter Ralph Foskey

Born: Mon., Sep. 4, 1933
Died: Sun., Jan. 12, 2020


12:30 PM to 1:30 PM, Tue., Jan. 14, 2020
Location: Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Tue., Jan. 14, 2020
Location: Peebles Curry Memorial Chapel

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Walter Ralph Foskey, 86, of Swainsboro entered into eternal rest on January 12, 2020 at Emanuel Medical Center in Swainsboro, GA.  A native of Adrian, GA, Mr. Foskey was born September 4, 1933 to Elmer and Wilma Kitchens Foskey.  He grew up in Adrian, graduating from Adrian High School in 1950.  On December 12, 1954, he married Mary Carroll of Wrightsville, GA.  The couple recently celebrated the 65th anniversary of their marriage.

Funeral Services will be held on January 14, 2020 at 2:00pm at Peebles-Curry Memorial Chapel with Rev. Jim Harrell officiating.

Interment will follow in Swainsboro City Cemetery

The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 from 12:30 to 1:30 PM.

Pallbearers will be Joey Ashcraft, Larry Biggers, Jim Dekle, Milton Gray, Trent Hall, Charles Rachels, Dennis Ross, and Bill Simmons.

Mr. Foskey began his work career in 1951 when he was employed by J. M. Wammock at his store in Adrian.  In 1953, he moved to Swainsboro to work at Wammock Hardware, becoming manager in 1954.  He bought into the business in 1956 and opened Wammock Furniture Company in 1962 where he remained until his retirement in 1991.  Following his retirement from the furniture business, he was employed by Handi-House Financial for 13 years.

Active in his community, Mr. Foskey made his church and his family the center of his life.  An active member of Swainsboro First United Methodist Church, he served as a Sunday School teacher, Sunday School Superintendent, member and vice-chairman of the Administrative Board, chairman of the Gifts & Memorial committee and member of the Board of Trustees.  Mr. Foskey was a member of the Gordon Fountain Sunday School Class.

He was one of several founders of David Emanuel Academy in Stillmore, GA where he was a charter member of the school’s Board of Trustees.  He served as secretary of the Board and as the Chairman of the Board from 1974 - 1977.

He was a member of the Swainsboro Exchange Club, serving as its secretary for many years and as President in 1961 - 62.

Mr. Foskey was the longest serving member of the Board of the Swainsboro Housing Authority where he served for 44 years and served as its Board Chairman for over 25 years.  He was recently recognized upon his retirement in December 2019.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved daughter Jan Foskey Hemphill. 

Survivors Include:

His Wife of 65 years: Mary Foskey of Swainsboro, GA

His Son: Jerry Foskey (Kim) of Lake Oconee, GA

His Sisters: Cuba Foskey Wilson (Jim) of Sylvania, GA and Judy Foskey Davis of Swainsboro, GA

His Son-In-Law: Jim Hemphill of Evans, GA

His Sister-In-Law: Hazel Carroll Rachels of Wrightsville, GA

His Grandchildren: Walt Foskey (Caitlin) of Birmingham, AL, Elizabeth Hemphill of Evans, GA, Hope Foskey Davis (Taylor) of Vestavia Hills, AL, and Wes Foskey of Lake Oconee, GA.

And a number of Nieces, Nephews, and Extended Family

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be directed to First United Methodist Church 319 W. Main St, Swainsboro, GA 30401 or Pruitt Hospice 667 S. Main St, Swainsboro, GA 30401.

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Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements for Mr. Walter Ralph Foskey of Swainsboro, GA.


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Lanier and Fay Tapley
   Posted Sun January 12, 2020
Judy, Lanier and are I are so sorry for your and your family's loss. He was a fine man and I know he will be missed! Love you, Fay and Lanier