Obituaries — Aug. 29

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 29, 2019

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William ‘Bill’ Foster

It is with great sadness that William R. Foster’s family announces his passing on July 13, 2019. William was born Jan. 23, 1962, in Kent, Ohio, to Ralph and Billie Foster. In 1980, he graduated from Kent Roosevelt High School and joined the U.S. Navy, where he served from 1980-1993 on the USS Constellation. After leaving the Navy, he moved to Winston-Salem, where he owned and ran two businesses; InTouch Wireless cellphone stores. Later, he moved back home to Ohio to be with friends and family and he became a member of Redemption Chapel in Stow, Ohio.

William was preceded in death by his parents Ralph and Billie Foster, two brothers Ralph and Jack Foster, his sister Alice Ahmed, and niece Ami Phinney. William is survived by his daughter Katie (Steve) Martin of Wilmington, and three grandchildren, son Jason (Kerry) Graves of Baltimore, Maryland, and one grandchild, and his siblings Gary Foster of Woodbridge Virginia, Reginald (Dana) Foster of Kent, Ohio, Dorothy (Dan) Prats of Streetsboro, Ohio, and Renee (Scott) Strandberg of West Palm Beach, Florida. Bill is also survived by many nieces and nephews who loved and adored him.

Bill enjoyed spending time with family and friends and his church community group. Everyone who knows Bill has stories of his joy for living life to the fullest and of sharing that zest for life with others. He was known for being honorable, kind and charismatic. At any gathering, Bill is someone you’d want sitting next to you. He was an incredible man who touched so many lives. Bill will be missed by all he loved and left behind, but was at peace knowing he would be reunited with the ones who had gone before him.
Those wishing to honor his memory are encouraged to live every day to the fullest, travel the world, and lift others up unselfishly.

“Fair winds and following seas, your watch is over.”

The family would like to thank the Streetsboro Fire Department, Western Reserve Hospice and the doctors at the Veterans Affairs hospitals in Cleveland and Ravenna. A special thank you to Redemption Chapel Community Group, Pastor Jarrod Williams, and Family and Friends for your love and support.

Friends and family will be received Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, from 10-11 a.m. with a memorial service officiated Pastor Jarrod Williams at 11 a.m. at the Wood-Kortright-Borkoski Funeral Home, 703 E. Main St., Ravenna, Ohio. Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Randolph with military honors.

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Betty Rose Woosley Ryggs

Betty Rose Woosley Ryggs, 87, passed away on Aug. 14, 2019 at her residence. She was born on May 19, 1932, to Edgar Woosley and Cora Mae Charles Woosley in Clemmons. Betty was a life-long member of Arcadia United Methodist Church. She served with the United Methodist Women, chicken pie fundraiser, and church choir for as long as her health permitted. She enjoyed the beauty of the mountains with her husband in their retirement years. In addition to her parents and siblings, Betty was preceded in death by her beloved husband, David A. Ryggs, Sr. Surviving are her daughter, Cynthia R. Pierce (Rickey); son, David Anthony Ryggs, Jr. (Brenda); seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. A funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel with Rev. Eddie Evans officiating. The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Arcadia United Methodist Church, 117 Boulevard Rd., Clemmons, N.C., 27012. Online condolences may be made at