FOSS, Joseph Aldridge
September 5, 2013 6:12 AM
Graveside services for Joseph A. Foss will be held 11:00 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 at Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery, in Florence, SC, with the family speaking to visitors following the service.
Born in Florence, on November 19, 1919 to Joseph and Rennie Foss, Joe married Mary Agnes Lunn from Florence in 1942.
Joe went to school in Florence, sold newspapers on the street, saved his penny's and built a 1935 model T Ford from scrap parts he got at the Barfield junk yard; cost $10.00. He played the clarinet and sax in the Florence High School band and was a N.C. State graduate.
Joe enlisted in the Army in 1939. Wanting to fly airplanes, he joined the Army Air Corp Flying School. In 1941 he won Senator Ed Smith's appointment to West Point thru a civil service state exam. Later that year he was commissioned a 2nd Lt. US Army Air Corp. For several years his various assignments included flight instructor, aircraft maintenance command, training pilots, etc. He enjoyed putting in flight hours with the T-33 jet. He flew the B-17 and B-29 during WWII in the "Spook Outfit" on reconnaissance missions on the outlook for danger ahead and weather warnings with aero photography. Joe joined the US Air Force in 1947, regular commission. In 1954, Joe was stationed at the Pentagon as staff officer as Director of Operations. He went to the west coast in 1959 to the new AF missile/space satellite base, Vandenberg, as Chief Operations Office. Lt. Col Foss retired from the Air Force in 1964 and went to work as an engineer for Lockheed Missiles and Space for ten years.
Joe then became a real estate broker in Santa Ynez, California where they had settled. He was one of the leaders who organized the Santa Ynez Board of Realtors, serving as president in 1977. 1975-2008 he was director of Santa Ynez River Water Conservation, Dist. 5; Charter member of Santa Barbara Quarter Horse Association; joined Santa Barbara Trail Riders in 1960, served as president in 1968. Member of SB County Cattlemen's assoc.; Los Ranchero Pobres, and a SB County Sheriff Mounted Patrol volunteer during Sheriff John Carpenter's term.
Pre-deceased by his loving wife of 67 years, "Maggie", Joe leaves behind daughter, Lunn Courson (Tildon), son, Joe Foss (Karen), grandchildren, Rayna Foss, Elisa Courson Correll (Harry) and Joe Foss, Jr.; great grand-children Kayla Rose and Cole Correll and many loving family members in Florence where he and Maggie resided these last few years.
In lieu of flowers the family asks to please remember Cal Farley's Boy's Ranch, P.O. Box 1890, Amarillo, Texas, 79174-0001, McLeod Hospice, P.O. Box 100551, Florence, South Carolina 29501, or American Heart Assoc.
Layton-Anderson Funeral Home, 4210 W. Palmetto Street, Florence, SC is assisting the family with arrangements.