CONCORD Donald Ray Foster, 71, of Concord, passed away Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at Atrium Health NorthEast in Concord. Don was born Oct. 22, 1947, to the late Conway Sylvester Foster and the late Reecie Mae Simpson Foster. He was preceded in death by sisters, Charlotte Foster Bassinger, Teresa Foster Hammonds and husband, Gerald Hammonds; and brother, Randy Foster. Don was a graduate of Concord High School and loved the "Spiders on the Beach" reunions at Ocean Drive, S.C. He also loved watching the Carolina Tarheels. Don was a proud two-purple-heart-recipient veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Vietnam Campaign. Upon returning, he was a firefighter with the Concord Fire Department, Station 1. Don later retired from The Baldwin Company in Charlotte. Don's passion was beach music and shag dancing. He loved his family and his grandchildren. Don is survived by his wife of 43 years, Jo Ann Foster; daughter, Angela Foster Davis (Brandon); sons, Brian Christopher Foster, Matthew Wilson Foster (Amber); grandchildren, Jacob Cole Foster, Keely Alyse Taylor, William Christopher Davis, Jonathan Wray Davis; and sister, Shelia Foster Hartsell. The family will receive family and friends Monday, July 15, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Hartsell Funeral Home of Concord. The funeral service will be held Tuesday, July 16, at 1 p.m., at Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church, 3600 Hwy 601 S. in Concord, with the Rev. Carrie Bishop officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church, at 3600 Hwy 601 S., Concord, NC 28025, designated to the Betty B. Love Columbarium Memorial Fund. Hartsell Funeral Home of Concord is serving the Foster family.
...A STRONG THUNDERSTORM WILL IMPACT SOUTHWESTERN CABARRUS... SOUTHEASTERN MECKLENBURG AND NORTH CENTRAL UNION COUNTIES UNTIL 530 PM EDT... AT 457 PM EDT, DOPPLER RADAR WAS TRACKING A STRONG THUNDERSTORM 9 MILES EAST OF UPTOWN CHARLOTTE, OR NEAR MINT HILL, MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 15 MPH. LOCATIONS TO BE IMPACTED INCLUDE... MONROE, EAST CHARLOTTE, MINT HILL, UNIONVILLE, HARRISBURG, LAKE PARK, HEMBY BRIDGE, REEDY CREEK PARK, MIDLAND AND FAIRVIEW IN UNION COUNTY. WIND GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH WILL BE POSSIBLE IN THESE AREAS.