Danny Jackson Foster, born February 25, 1957 in Columbiana, Alabama, knocked on the Pearly Gates of Heaven October 17, 2017. St. Peter opened the door and asked why he was here so soon, to which Danny likely replied, “If you wanted to hear one of my jokes about you in person, a phone call would have worked just fine.”
A fine Auburn man who lived his life by the Auburn Creed, Danny earned his Bachelor of Science in Business from Auburn University in 1980. During his time at Auburn University, Danny played the tenor sax in the Auburn University Marching Band from 1975-1979. Danny co-wrote the Shelby County High School fight song still played today.
Prior to working in the wood industry for 34 years, Danny held many unique jobs, including working as a meat cutter, vacuum salesman, Bible salesman, boll weevil counter, butter factory worker, tomato plant deliverer, grass cutter and longshoreman forklift driver as needed. Danny served as Vice President of Ihlo Sales and Import for 25 years. Danny was a member of the Center Noon Lions Club and the First United Methodist Church of Center.
Danny was an excellent cook and loved to serve anyone his favorite dishes – BBQ Shrimp New Orleans style was a favorite specialty. A jack of all trades and an avid historian, Danny had a story about any subject and loved to share his passion for living life to the fullest.
Danny leaves behind his wife of 36 years, Andi (Johnston), two children, Dr. Alison Slade (David) of Spanish Fort, Alabama, Matt Foster (Brittany) of Center, Texas, sister Melissa Denney (Tom) of Auburn, Alabama and brother Jeff Foster of Columbiana, Alabama, and two nephews, Trey Denney (Sara) of Minneapolis, Minnesota and Foster Denney of Auburn, Alabama. Big Daddy also leaves behind seven grand-children, whom he adored and cherished. Big Daddy had special names for all his babies: Austin Miller (Otis), Andrew Miller (Rufus), Lola Slade (Caledonia), Cora Slade (Sadie), Colton Slade (Slick), Roman Foster (RoRo) and Ivy Foster (Gertrude). Danny was preceded in death by his grandparents, Charles Eugene Bozeman, Ada Moore Bozeman, Charles Oliver Foster and Sadie Farr Foster, his parents, Lewis Mack Foster and Flora Mae Foster, and his grandson, Gabriel John Slade.
Danny had a heart of gold and his giving and loving nature did not end with his death. Danny was an organ donor and was able to save and change the lives of many, which he would not brag about to anyone but we sure think it is an amazing, selfless act that he lives on in others.
Danny was one of the most giving and amazing people to grace this world. Anyone who met him loved him and his ability to share his humor, wit and wisdom with all he encountered.
Services for Danny Foster will be held on Friday, October 20, 2017 at Noon, followed by a visitation at First United Methodist Church of Center, Texas. Visitation will also be held on Monday, October 23, 2017 at Good Hope Methodist Church in Columbiana, Alabama from Noon until 2 p.m. with a graveside service immediately following at Williams Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to any of the following: Williams Cemetery Fund c/o of Good Hope Methodist Church, 2735 CR 61, Columbiana, Alabama, 35051; Alan R. Dimick Burn Care Fund, UAB Gift Records, Admin. Building 1230, 1720 2nd Avenue South, Birmingham, Alabama, 35294-0112; Center Noon Lions Club, c/o Jim Sawyer, Shelby Savings Bank, 111 Selma St., Center, Texas, 75935; or First United Methodist Church of Center, 211 Porter Street, Center, Texas, 75935.