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James Foster died on Sunday, July 31, 2022, was born on May 12, 1943, to the late Robert Foster Sr., and Luphelia Foster, in Helm, Miss. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Arneda M. Foster; both parents; seven brothers and three sisters. At the age of ten, he relocated from Mississippi to Kansas City, Mo., to be raised by Theodore and Mary Foster-Burtin (sister). During that time, James bonded with their children, Theodore Jr., Deloris, Mary Ann, and Richard, more as brothers and sisters, than as nieces and nephews. Foster accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized by the late Rev. I. H. Henderson Jr., at the Friendship Baptist Church of Kansas City, Mo., where he remained a steadfast and dutiful member until his death. As a long time and faithful member of 67 years, he participated and facilitated a variety of ministries within the church. These included, but were not limited to: Leader and member of the Isaiah/ Reuben Sheepfold, Finance Committee, Sunday school, Bus Ministry, and Usher Board Group 1. Most importantly, while under the tutelage of Rev. C.E. McLain, he was ordained into the Deaconhood of the Friendship Baptist church, June 30, 1991. A position that he held near and dear to his heart. He also served five years as The Boy Scouts of America Troop Leader for the Friendship Baptist church. During this tenure, he mentored and taught many young men of Friendship. Foster received his formal education from George Washington Carver, Sanford B. Ladd and Central High school all of Kansas City, Mo. After graduating high school in 1961, he decided to enlist and serve his country, under the tutelage of The United States Army, in June 1963. While in the Army, he served within the personnel department and was stationed in California, Pennsylvania, and Korea. After completing his sworn duty, he was honorably discharged, March 1966. Upon returning to Missouri, he united with his childhood friend, life-companion, and love, Arneda Mae Wright in December 1968. God blessed this union with two daughters, Janeda Marie and Lora Lynn. In February 1968, he secured employment with the United States Postal Service. During this time, he held various positions including Mail Handler, Mail Carrier Clerk, and Supervisor of the Leeds and Parkway Stations. After 25 years of employment, he finalized his career, retiring in 1997. Foster spent his remaining years enjoying time with his loving wife, children, and grandchildren, all while traveling to attend graduations, weddings, family reunions and vacations. James made his transition on Sunday, July 31, 2022, to reunite with his dearly missed love, Arneda Mae, and all those who preceded him. He leaves to cherish his memory forever: his loving daughters, Janeda (Victor) Oliver of Buford, Ga., Lora Lynn Ledbetter of Kansas City, Mo.; three grandchildren, Sherelle Patrice Ledbetter of Kansas City, Mo., Sheldon (Janie) Ledbetter Jr., of Omaha, Neb., Elijah James Oliver of Buford, Ga.; one great-granddaughter, Sophia Lynn Ledbetter of Omaha, Neb.; eight sisters, Roberta Franklin of Saginaw, Mich., Luphelia Anderson, Doretha Eldridge, Velma Montgomery, and Dorothy Dean of Indianapolis, Ind.; Emma Stubbs of Kenosha, Wisc., Jessie Mae (Elton) Lewis and Barbara Cothran both of Chicago, Ill.; one brother, Charles Porter of Indianapolis, Ind.; sister in-law, Thomasine Long of Kansas City, Mo.; special friend, Ronald Jones of Stone Mountain, Ga.; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, the Friendship Baptist church and United States Post Office families. Services for Foster will be held on Monday, Aug. 8 2022, at 10 a.m., at the Friendship Baptist church. Burial, Leavenworth National cemetery. Friends may call from 9 a.m., until service time Monday at the church. Services provided by E. S. Eley & Sons Funeral chapel.