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Randy Foster

Randy Foster, age 66, died on Thursday, September 14, 2023, at his home. He was born on Thursday, June 6, 1957, to Andrew Clifton and Velma Ree Foster in Fort Worth, Texas.

A man of many talents, Randy was known for his knowledge, precision, and methodical nature. He approached life with the patience of a hunter, embodying his confident spirit and love for the chase. Randy served proudly in the United States Air Force working as a Security Specialist, guarding many high security nuclear areas and equipment. He worked for the Road Department for 17 years before retiring to spend more time at home.

From a young age, Randy developed an appreciation for venison and the music of the 70’s, with “Stairway to Heaven” being a consistent favorite. He had a particular fondness for old Western movies. Dallas Cowboys was his favorite sports team, and in his downtime, he loved playing games of dominoes and spades.

Described as a perfectionist, Randy had hands skilled in creating and fixing. He enjoyed the art of gunsmithing, restoring old guns to their former glory. Additionally, he enjoyed playing golf, and was an excellent craftsman who had a knack for fixing anything he could get his hands on.

Randy’s love for the outdoors was unmistakable. Avidly hunting and spending long hours in his favorite deer stand was a cherished pastime. He found peace and tranquility at Lake Ouachita, a favorite vacation spot where he loved scuba diving with his beloved wife, Regina.

Known to his co-workers as “The Professor”, Randy earned this nickname due to his vast knowledge spanning across a multitude of subjects. He was always willing to share his wisdom, providing insightful lessons and answers. His accomplishments are numerous, including several stock car racing trophies and playing the guitar, entirely self-taught.

His legacy is one of passion and mentorship, as he spent countless hours teaching his nephew, Jim Smith, and others the fine art of hunting and the importance of quality craftsmanship. He cherished his childhood memories with his best friend, Gary Vaught, and later had the joy of introducing Gary to his wife. Randy’s life was enriched with stories and laughter, and he shared both generously.

A jack of all trades, Randy Foster’s greatest achievement was the love and respect he gained from all who had the privilege to know him. His profound wisdom and love for life will continue to inspire and guide us. He will be remembered for his resilience, and the countless lives he has touched.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Gaylon Lee; and one sister, Bonnie Lee.

Randy is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Regina Foster of Mena; one son, Tony Paul Foster of Hatfield; one brother and sister-in-law, Andy and Kelly Foster of Mena; one sister and brother-in-law, Pam and David Miller of Mena; very good friends, Tim and Wendy Davis of Lowell, Arkansas, Christy and Brian Barton of Fayetteville, and Larry and Catherine Miller of Mena; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, September 22, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

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