Warren, Ohio - Clinton E. Foster of formerly of Ronceverte, West Virginia, passed away on Saturday, March 31st after a brief illness. Mr. Foster was born in Hinton, West Virginia on February 6, 1930 to Cecil E. and Nina W. Foster. He attended high school at Nitro High School, Nitro, West Virginia where he graduated as Valedictorian of the class of 1948.
Clinton married his high school sweetheart, Joan Hudnall, on August 25th, 1951 at St. Paul's Methodist Church in Nitro. Their marriage continued until Mrs. Foster's death on August 10, 2016.
Following high school, Clinton attended Marshall College (now University) where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music and a Master’s Degree in Music Education in 1955. That same year he obtained his first teaching position in Parkersburg, West Virginia and then became band director at Calhoun County High School, Grantsville, WV. In August, 1960, the Fosters moved to Warren, Ohio where Clinton became Assistant Band Director at Warren G. Harding High School. Clinton was at Harding until a second high school, Warren Western Reserve was opened in 1966 where he served as Band Director. All four of his children graduated from Warren Western Reserve and were very active in the music program. Clinton eventually became the Supervisor of Music for the Warren City School System. He retired from teaching in 1985.
In 2001, Clinton was the very fortunate recipient of a successful kidney transplant from his daughter, Stacey, and he enjoyed 17 years of good health as a result of this gift of life.
Clinton very much enjoyed classical music, golf, bridge, camping, model railroading and spending time with his family. He relished continued contact with many of his former students from both high schools.
Clinton Foster is survived by his children: Leslie C. Foster (Candy), Warren, Ohio, Gregory A. Foster, Warren, Ohio, and Jeffrey L. Foster (Caroll), San Antonio, Texas and Stacey F. Luther (Gregory) of Raleigh, N.C.. He is also survived by his brother, Melvin P. Foster, Staunton, Virginia, brother Charles E. Foster (Dorinda), Dunbar, West Virginia, sister, Mrs. Janice F. Milam (Franklin), Lewisburg, West Virginia, sister-in-law Donna W. Foster, Charleston, West Virginia, brother-in-law John H. Hudnall (Kim) of Merced, CA. Grandchildren, Katey E. Foster (Adam Lucchesi), Stamford, CT, Calvin K. Foster, Detroit, MI, Madeleine J. Foster, Eau Claire, WI, Carter E. Foster, San Antonio, TX , and great-grandson, Parker J. Koehn, Eau Claire, WI, were highlights of his life. He also enjoyed an extended family of granddaughters Heather (Steve) Gray, Melissa (C.J.) Fisher, and great-grandchildren Lylah, Leah, and Conner. He is also survived by many beloved nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews and he will be greatly missed by members of his family. He was preceded in death by his brother Gerald A. Foster, sisters-in-law Ida Foster and Scheryl Foster, and niece Lisa Whitescarver.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Foster chose to donate their remains to the Human Gift Registry Program.
Calling hours will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at McFarland-Barbee Family Funeral Home located at 271 North Park Avenue, Warren, Ohio 44481.