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Kelly Auditorium
501 West Fifth Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Saturday, Mar 04, 2017
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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First Baptist Church
501 West Fifth Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Saturday, Mar 04, 2017
1 p.m.

Billie Foster Kern
Feb 12, 1925 - Feb 24, 2017
Forsyth County
Billie Foster Kern, 92, died February 24, 2017 at her Winston-Salem home.

She was born in Wilkes County on February 12, 1925 to the late William D. and Mamie C. Foster. After graduation from Mt. Pleasant High School, she moved to South Carolina to take a job with the railroad. Because of the ongoing war, she was one of the first women hired by the railroad. She was sent to Shelton, SC to manage that track. She still proudly displays her railroad-issued stopwatch.

She loved the opportunity to travel, learn, and meeting new people. While traveling she stayed at boardinghouses. It was at the Wrights’ home that she met the love of her life, Henry Grady Wright, and they were married on June 5, 1948

Grady went to work for Western Electric after college graduation. They lived in various places and finally they were transferred to Winston-Salem. They adopted two children, David and Beth Wright.

Billie was very active in the community, including joining a garden club where she met many long-time friends. She became a member of First Baptist Church on 5th Street and was a member for 67 years. She, along with Dr. Randall Lolley and Jackie Shelton, started Meals-on-Wheels 55 years ago where she initially delivered meals and later became a coordinator for the drivers.

She worked at First Baptist for 15 years; she loved her church and was loved by many and never met a stranger. She was remembered for her strength for raising two young toddlers after the sudden death of their father. She also will be remembered by unconditional love she displayed to her children and by her beautiful smile that drew people to her.

She was preceded in death by her second husband, Henry Kern; sisters Madeline Foster and Juanita Smith; brothers Elton, Arlie, A.G., Vernon, and Ocie Foster. She is survived by her children David Wright and Catrinna and Beth Wright; two stepchildren Bill Kern and Mary Allen Morgan; sisters-in-law Isabel Wright, Janice Bodsford Foster, and 13 nephews and nieces. She is also survived by her granddogs Ellie, Binky, Opie and her special little Molly Bell.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 4th, 1:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church with Rev. Emily Hull McGee and Rev. Amy McClure officiating. The family will receive friends from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in Kelly Auditorium.

In lieu of flowers the family wishes memorials to First Baptist Church, 501 W. Fifth Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101. The family would like to thank the West Team from Hospice for their support and kindness. We want to give a special thanks to Tatiana Valencia who became Billie’s angel.

Online condolences may be sent to www.salemfh.com.
Jeanette B. Fulton
I met Billie while working at Foster Management and looked forward to the days she would be at Plaza South. Billie always had a smile and a kind encouraging word for whom ever she met and will be greatly missed by everyone who had the opportunity to know this wonderful charming lady.
Burley & Robin Shedd
David & Beth, Our thoughts and prayers are with you both. Sorry we missed seeing you all last year at Shelton. Burley & Robin
Tomasue Clark
Dear Beth, I'll never forget your beloved Mother and the fun we always had on Friday mornings getting our hair "done up". I recall meeting you on several occasions but the highlight of my morning was joking and "carrying on" with sweet Billie. I know you will miss her, but darling, her work was completed and knowing her, I'll bet she was ready to leave. I'll pray that you, and the rest of her loved ones, find comfort in knowing she is at peace.
Mike and Karen Joyce
Billie and I worked together at Foster Management for many years. She was the best person I have ever had the pleasure to work with as she was so easy going and had the best sense of humor. Billie treated me like a son and always provided encouragement in anything that I did. She was very kind to my wife and daughter, Lynn. I will miss her dearly and know that she is now in a better place. I will never forget Billie as she will always hold a very special place in my heart. I will treasure the memories of our time working together.


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