April 28, 1926 – May 24, 2020
Major (Ret) James King Foshee, 94, of Bryan, Texas passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 24, 2020.
James was born on April 28, 1926 in Clanton, Alabama to James “Sie” and Cleo King Foshee. He married the love of his life, Margie Elizabeth Kubala, on September 27, 1952 in San Antonio, TX. During his military career he selflessly served in WWII, the Korean, and Vietnam Wars and was a proud member of the “Greatest Generation” our country has ever seen.
After high school graduation in 1944, James joined the Army Air Corp, where he trained to be a B-24 tail gunner. Upon his discharge as an enlisted man, he returned home from Japan and attended the University of Montevallo and later transferred to Auburn University where he graduated with a degree in industrial management in 1951. While at Auburn he became a member of Theta Chi Fraternity.
Upon graduation from Auburn University, he re-joined the Air Force as a 2nd Lieutenant with his first duty station at Lackland Air Force Base, in San Antonio, where he met his wife, Margie. His foreign assignments included Germany, Greece, Libya, Vietnam, and Japan. James’ primary duty was with the Joint Command Army-Air Force Military Postal Service where he was a major contributor to the development and implementation of expediting mail to the troops stationed overseas. His final duty station was The Pentagon, Washington, D.C. where he retired in 1971. Upon retirement, he continued to serve his country as a ROTC instructor at Anniston High School, Anniston, AL.
James and Margie returned to Texas in 1975 to be near Margie’s family where he owned and operated Jim’s Liquor Store in Bartlett, TX. They fully retired to Temple in 1985, where Jim was an active member of the First United Methodist Church, the Lion’s Club, American Legion, VFW, Sojourner’s, SPJST Lodge #24, and King Solomon Masonic Lodge. One of James’ proudest accomplishments was his formation of the Air Force Postal and Courier Association, AFPCA. He was active for over 25 years with the AFPCA organizing and attending yearly reunions throughout the United States. He was President of the association for the first 12 years. After the loss of his wife, James moved to Georgetown and then to Bryan to live near his daughter Diane.
James was preceded in death by his wife, Margie, his parents, Cleo and Sie Foshee, his sister, Betty Snell, and brother, Jimmy Foshee.
To cherish his memory, James leaves behind his sons, David Randle Foshee and wife Linda, of Simpsonville, S.C., James Paul Foshee and wife Karen, of Plymouth, MI., and daughter, Diane Foshee Schiller and husband, Weldon of College Station, Tx, seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, June 19, 2020 at the Callaway-Jones Funeral Home in Bryan, TX with visitation at 9:00 A.M. followed by a service at 10:00 A.M. A Graveside Service will be held at 3:00 P.M. at Bellwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Temple, TX.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Texas Scottish Rite for Children in Dallas, TX, Texas Lions Camp in Kerrville, TX or the charity of your choice.
The family would like to express a special “Thank You” to Major Foshee’s caregivers, Kesha, Gabby, and Rhonda and to Traditions Hospice for their unwavering love, devotion, and assistance to their father during his illness.
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I am so honored to have met Mr. Foshee and be able to interact with him! He was and always will be a Great Man! Prayers for his family and peace and comfort.
Big Jim will be missed by many and is loved by more here and in heaven. My condolences to Randy, Paul and Diane and your families. May God comfort you.
Duane, Sandy and boys
For years, I enjoyed Sunday Lunches at The Wesleyan at Estrella Independent Living in Georgetown TX with Jim and two best friends there: Jack Maidlow & Weldon Whitten, I called them the 3 Musketeers. They continually “jabbed” at each other and made my time there entertaining & enjoyable. We lost Jack first, then Weldon, now Jim – I have no doubt they are together again, up yonder.
I was blessed to have the pleasure of working with Mr. Foshee (Grandpa Foshee). He was and will remain very near and dear to my heart. To the family I can’t thank you enough for allowing me the opportunity to be such a vital part of Mr. Foshee‘s life. My continued prayers are with you and the memories I share Will stay with me forever.
JIM WAS ALWAYS A GENTLEMAN TO EVERYBODY. HE WILL BE MISSED.
MAY GOD BLESS HIS FAMILY.
Bernie (BJ) Bialecki – Best Commander that I served under in Vietnam . Jim & I belong to Freemasons, Scottish Rite, Sojourners. iT WAS ALWAYS AN HONER TO BE IN HIS PRESENTS ESPECIALLY IN POSTAL REUNIONS. MISS YOU MY BROTHER. God bless you & your family.
Jim Foshee was my mentor in the Air Force Postal & Courier Association (AFPCA). When I was elected President, AFPCA, Jim was always helpful to me and other successive Presidents. I served as President for 5 consecutive years and enjoyed every moment. Jim was a true Gentleman. Jan and I will miss Mr Foshee. I’m sure we members of the AFPCA will come up with an iAward Honoring Major Foshee.
Former President AFPCA
Major Jim Foshee was my commander during the Vietnam War. Jim was certainly a terrifically superior commander, later a friend. In the conflict of the Vietnam War he supported me wonderfully while I, and my 3 other detachments of troops were in remote areas of that war.
He even had we awarded the Bronze Star meda.
My regard to Jim, and to his family.l
Barbara and I and Natalie and Nic are so saddened by James‘s passing. I knew him all my life and he has been a great influence on me as I was growing up. I wish we hadn’t lived so far away from each other all these years but I am happy to have spent the time with him that I was able to, as we had several family reunions that I will never forget! He will be missed dearly.