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Edward “Big Ed” Foster

Edward “Big Ed” Foster, age 41, of Erwin, passed away on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at Sycamore Shoals Medical Center after a long battle with cancer. Mr. Foster was a native of Unicoi County and a son of Edward Michael Foster and the late Charlotte Higgins Townsend. He was a member of Coffee Ridge Baptist Church and also attended “The Midst” Church in Johnson City, TN. Edward worked for the Tennessee Highway Patrol as a dispatcher, former deputy sheriff of Unicoi County and was a member of the Masonic Lodge #681 in Unicoi.

In addition to his father, Edward has left behind to cherish his memories:
Wife of 15 years: Holly Hughes Foster of Erwin;
Son: Alex Keith Foster of Erwin;
Sister: Brianna Bowman and husband, Jason of Elizabethton;
Father-in-law and Mother-in-law: Rev. James and Martha Hughes of Detroit, MI;
Brother-in-law: Rev. Jamie Hughes and wife, Samantha of Jonesborough;
Nieces and Nephews: Noelle Hughes, Gabe Bowman, Noah Bowman, Emma Bowman, and Jackson Bowman.
Endeared Cousin: Chad Williams of Johnson City;
Several Aunts and Uncles.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we remember and offer tribute for the life of Edward “Big Ed” Foster in a funeral service to be held at 7:00 PM on Monday, March 2, 2015 in the Chapel of Valley Funeral Home. Reverend James Hughes and Reverend Jamie Hughes will officiate. A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 5:00 PM and continue until service time on Monday at Valley Funeral Home. A graveside committal service will be held on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 10:00 AM at Higgins Cemetery. Those who will be attending will meet at Valley Funeral Home by 9:15 AM on Tuesday to go in procession to Higgins Cemetery. Serving as active pallbearers will be the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family through our website at These arrangements are made especially for the family and friends of Edward “Big Ed” Foster through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, TN, 423-743-9187.