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Leonard Louis Foster



Husband of Joyce Clark Foster, AAFA #0765





Sierra Vista, Cochise Co., AZ—Friday, 4 February 2005


[A nearly identical article was published on the same day in the Arizona Republic, Phoenix, AZ.]


            Leonard Louis Foster, Sr., age 72, a resident of Hereford [Cochise Co.], AZ, passed away February 2, 2005.

            He was born June 1st, 1932 in Richmond, Staten Island, N.Y., the son of Orlando Edward and Teresa (Wellman) Foster who were long-time residents of Glendale, AZ. He owned and operated the Confidential Investigation Agency in Sierra Vista from 1985 until he became sick in 2003.

            Leonard was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, O.E. "Sonny" Foster, Jr., and Edward Foster of Norfolk, VA.

            He is survived by his devoted wife of 54 years, Joyce; two sons, Leonard Foster, Jr. of Palominas and Daniel Foster, US Army, presently stationed in Baghdad, Iraq; three daughters, Deborah Burns (Steven) of Phoenix, Marla Mitchell (Bill) of Sierra Vista and Jan Fields (Fred) of Sierra Vista; one sister, Margaret Williams of North Carolina; and also 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren....

            Memorial services with military honors will be held at 2:00 P.M., Monday, February 10, 2005 at Jensen's Sierra Vista Mortuary, Sierra Vista, AZ. A private internment will be held by family at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Jensen's Sierra Vista Mortuary.


AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Leonard L. Foster (SS #239-40-4913 issued in NC).

            Leonard’s wife Joyce was the first editor of the AAFA Online Newsletter (OLNL).

            His wife’s Alford lineage, from a great-great-grandmother: Panata 1837 AL5, William 1810 AL6, Baldy 1784 NC7, Isham 1755 NC8, Lodwick 1710 VA9, James 1687 VA10, John 1645 VA11.


            Much confusion about Panata Alford Gregory is found on RootsWeb Family Trees, including that Panata’s father was a Native American, that she was ostracized by her tribe for marrying a white man, that her mother was Fernaty Alford (who is listed elsewhere as Baldy’s daughter and is really Penatia). Below are some census records.


1850 census, District 27, Cherokee Co., AL, dwelling #172:


Baldy Allford            70            NC     agr

Elizabeth                   55            GA      

Richard                    21            AL       agr


Dwelling #173—Baldy’s daughter Penatia’s family:


John Johnson            47            SC       agr

Penatia                     37            GA       [her name is written very clearly]

+ 9 children, all b. AL


1850 census, District 39, St. Clair Co., SC, dwelling #35:


William Alford          43            GA       farmer

Priscilla                     48            NC      [from AAFA records: maiden name is Truss]

Sylvia E.                   17            AL

Elsey (f)                    16            AL

Panata                     14            AL

John                         11            AL

Louisa                        7            AL


Dwelling #36:


Thomas           21 or 20            AL

Ann                 21 or 20            AL

Sarah Q.                    2            AL


1860 census, Townships 14 and 15, St. Clair Co., SC, dwelling #35:


Griffon Grigory         26            SC       blacksmith

Mattie                     23            AL

William                       3            AL

Josephine            11/12            AL