Colean Smith Foster

Published 4:03 pm Friday, May 4, 2018

Ms. Colean Smith Foster, 87, of Trinity Elms, Clemmons, formerly of Mocksville, died Thursday, May 3, 2018, at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston-Salem surrounded by her family.

Mrs. Foster was born Sept. 28, 1930, in the Sheffield community of Davie County to the late William Wade and Mary Holland Wright Smith. Her utmost interest and concern was her family, community and church. She was married to the late Dr. Bob M. Foster in the day when house calls were a big part of the medical practice. It is said that she would meet him in the driveway of their home in the wee hours of the mornings and give directions to the next call. Her home was the gathering place for her children’s friends for food and stay overs during the football and basketball seasons at Davie High. No matter ethnicity or where you came from, you were a welcomed guest in their home. She graduated from Mocksville High School with honors and represented the school at the first “Girls State” in 1949, at Woman’s College of the University of NC in Greensboro. She earned Mocksville High School’s highest honor, the Silver Trophy, for her four years of leadership and her name is engraved on the trophy. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest College in 1953. In 2005, she served as co-chair of her 50th class reunion on the campus of Wake Forest University. She was president of the Sociology Club and vice president of the Women’s Government. She taught school in Walkertown while her husband was in medical school.

In 1960, they moved to Mocksville. She was president of the Davie County Hospital Auxiliary and was active in community activities. She was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church, Mocksville, where she served on many boards.

She was preceded in death by: 2 sisters, Marietta Smith Seats (Gene) and Bobby Jean Smith Andrews (Victor).

Survivors: 3 children, Stephanie Lynn Hudson (Basil) of Winston-Salem, Stephen Wade Foster (Monie) of Mocksville and Sabrina Maxwell Black of Lake Norman; 4 grandchildren, Blair Burdette Foster Schmidt (Eric), Hunter Wade Foster (Abby), Sean Maxwell Hudson, all of Winston-Salem and Tyler Forest Black of Lake Norman;  a great-granddaughter, Lilly Elizabeth Hudson of Winston-Salem; 2 special nieces, Angela Stauffer (Dan) and their children, Lauren and Carly, and Clara Holland “Holly” Sinopoli (Tony) and their children, Nick and Victoria, all of Mocksville; a nephew, Lamar Seats and his family of Baltimore, Md.; and a cousin, J.T. Smith (Martha) of Sheffield.

She had many friends and classmates throughout North Carolina and kept in contact with them into her 80s.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 12 at First Baptist Church, Mocksville with the Rev. A. Shane Nixon officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.

Memorials: First Baptist Building Fund, 412 N. Main St., Mocksville.