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Dewey "Auston" Foster

February 22, 1935 ~ January 20, 2024 (age 88) 88 Years Old

Dewey "Auston" Foster Obituary

Funeral services for Dewey “Auston” Foster will be held at 2:00 P.M., Thursday, January 25, 2024 at New Prospect Baptist Church, in Darnell, LA with Bro. Robin Cox and Bro. Robby Simmons officiating under the direction of Brown-Holley Funeral Home, Oak Grove, LA.  

Dewey Auston Foster, 88, lovingly known to all as “Auston”, was born February 22, 1935, in Pioneer, Louisiana. His parents were DueVals “Dewey” Foster and Eddie Lue Eskew Foster. In 1952, at the age of 17, Auston left home and traveled to California with his older brother William Preston and William’s wife Valerie. Their plan was to strike it rich in the gold mines, but that didn’t quite pan out. So after a few odd jobs here and there, they all moved back home to Louisiana. In 1955, Auston joined the Navy. Two years later, you could say he finally earned his fortune when he married his beautiful bride Alice Johnson; they had met in 1949 when he was 12 and she was 10. Through the years, their friendship blossomed and grew to love and they tied the knot on July 6, 1957. They were blessed with 3 children: Dewey Allen, Steve Wayne, and Terry Kay. They celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in 2023. Auston’s naval service - 1955 to 1967 - kept him mostly at sea on air craft carriers where he served as Chief Mechanic in flight crews. His first deployment was on the USS Hancock CVA-19 and his final years in the Navy were spent on the USS Ticonderoga CV-14. During his service, Auston was one of few sailors to be able to say he sailed sail around Cape Horn and across the equator. He spent 13 months on Midway Island; his letters home told of the bullet holes he could see from the Battle of Midway where U.S. Navy and the Imperial Japanese Navy was fought in June 1942, 6 months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Auston was especially proud of his flight crew when they commissioned the USS Kitty Hawk, formerly CVA-63, in April of 1961. Unfortunately, Auston’s Vietnam service exposed him to Agent Orange and he had to take a medical discharge in 1967 with the rank of E5. Auston and Alice went on to open a “Coast” gas station in Delhi, Louisiana, in 1967. The completion of I-20 forced traffic to slow so much they had to sell the station in 1972, but they opened a “Gulf” gas station in Bastrop later that year. The “Gas Wars” made those years tough, so they sold the gas station in 1974 and moved to Pioneer and started their farm. They grew cotton, soybeans, and hardwood trees. Auston and Alice are longtime members of New Prospect Baptist Church where Auston served as Head Deacon. He enjoyed singing at church, playing dominoes with the guys after church, and holding fish fries. Auston served in many aspects of the church, including preaching sermons. His faith was strong until he passed.

He is preceded in death by his parents, son, Steve Wayne; grandson, Skylar Jones; and siblings, Preston Foster, Ollie Dee Corley, and Lee Foster.

Auston is survived by his wife of 65 years, Alice Foster; children, Dewey Allen Foster, and Terry Kay Foster; 7-grandchildren; 14-great-grandchildren; and 5-great-great grandchildren.

Pallbearers are Robby Simmons, Buddy Simmons, Daniel Stacey, Danny Dial, Justin Rallinson, and Calvin Foster.

Honorary pallbearer Clyde “C.J.” Jones.

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Services

Visitation
Tuesday
January 23, 2024

4:30 PM to 9:00 PM
New Prospect Baptist Church (LA)

Visitation
Wednesday
January 24, 2024

4:30 PM to 9:00 PM
New Prospect Baptist Church (LA)

Funeral Service
Thursday
January 25, 2024

2:00 PM
New Prospect Baptist Church (LA)

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