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Drive-by visitation is set for Lt. 'Elvi' Foster

Lt. Terry 'Elvi' Foster Lt. Terry 'Elvi' Foster

Henderson County Sheriff’s Office will host a drive-by visitation to honor the memory of Lt. Terry “Elvi” Foster, who died Friday at the age of 57. The visitation will take place 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16, at the sheriff's office, 100 N. Grove St.


Raised in Edneyville, Foster graduated from Edneyville High School. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ab and Dorothy Laughter Foster and a sister, Barbara Foster.
He served in the U.S. Army as a gunner in the field artillery. He retired as lieutenant with the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office after more than 30 years of service. He had also worked part time at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office for a brief period and remained active serving the Henderson County Sheriff’s office on a part-time basis until his death. He also was a long-time member of the Edneyville Fire and Rescue and later Dana Fire and Rescue.
He attended Main Street Baptist Church. He was competitive, enjoyed playing softball, NASCAR and NHRA racing but most of all he loved his family.
He is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Arline Noxon Foster and daughter, Ashley Foster, and her husband Shane Foster and their children, Jenna and Landon, all of Hendersonville. He is also survived by his loving in-laws, William and Susan Noxon of Boiling Springs, S.C.
The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard will stand watch over Lt. Foster and his family as he lies in state in front of the sheriff’s office. The public, emergency services and other officials will be able to pay their respects by traveling south on Grove Street from any point above Fourth Avenue in Hendersonville. Those attending will be able to view Lt. Foster’s casket and his family as they pass by.

The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office respectfully asked that anyone participating in the visitation burn their headlights and activate their flashers as they pass by in remembrance of Lt. Foster. While stopping briefly to pay your respects is certainly allowed, the sheriff also asked that people refrain from parking along the route or approaching the family at this time. 

This visitation will be followed by a small, private memorial service for the family only. However, the Sheriff’s Office will livestream the visitation and service. The public will be able to view both events by going to the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office Facebook Page or the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office YouTube Channel. A celebration of Foster’s life will he held at a later date. Condolence cards may be sent to the family at or PO Box 945, Hendersonville, NC 28793.