Foster Gerrard

Born: Tue., Oct. 1, 1940
Died: Mon., May 11, 2015


10:30 AM to 11:00 AM, Mon., May 18, 2015
Location: First United Methodist Church South Campus

Memorial Service

11:00 AM Mon., May 18, 2015
Location: First United Methodist Church South Campus

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Hyram Foster Gerrard passed away at home on Monday, May 11, 2015 after a long illness at the age of 74.  He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Deanna Budd Gerrard and his two daughters, sons-in-laws and four grandsons.  Leslie Lischer and husband Dr. Garrett Lischer of Knoxville, TN and Kathleen Dean and husband Matthew Dean of Stilwell, KS;  grandsons: Graham Henry Lischer, Benjamin Gerrard Lischer, Owen Foster Dean and Samuel Richard Dean.

He was born in October 1, 1940 in Cleveland, Mississippi and was the only son of Hyram and Doris Bishop Gerrard.  He went to primary and high school in Anguilla, Mississippi where his father was the Superintendent of Schools and his mother was a 2nd grade teacher. Afterward, he attended and graduated from Mississippi State University in 1962 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and further studied at the Darden School at University of Virginia.  While at “State” he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Fraternal Order and was an avid Bulldog fan, keeping close watch on the outcomes of any sporting event from Starkville.

Foster was a devoted son, husband and father.  He was a true “Company-Man” and worked for Olin-Hunt, later Arch Corporation, for the entire 30-years of his employment.  In 2000, Deanna and Foster retired to Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Georgia.  During his career, he had the distinct reputation as something of a “turn-around artist” for manufacturing in chemical plants.   He moved his family many places during his career, serving as Plant Manager in Doe Run, Kentucky and Beaumont, Texas.  Then to Stamford, Connecticut, where he was named Director of Manufacturing over several locations. He said that he really enjoyed his last assignment in Suzhou, China, in Jiangsu Province, where he oversaw the building of a chemical plant. He said it was “someplace you’d never expect to see a country boy from the Mississippi Delta.”    

He received many company honors and awards during his career.  He was a member of the American Chemical Association and, while in Kentucky, he was named a Kentucky Colonel, by Governor John Y. Brown.  He liked to play golf with his wife and family during his free time. Foster always played in the Mens Golf League wherever he lived and only until he became too ill, did he stop. Deanna and Foster spent a great deal of time traveling after retiring.  With good friends, they enjoyed cruising and finding great restaurants BUT his favorite time was spent visiting his “girls” at their homes.

We will remember him always for his booming laugh and gentle spirit.  He was a true “Southern Gentleman” through and through. His lilting southern drawl and kind manner will be missed beyond words.  He was a man whose life was devoted to his family and his work.

Services will be held on Monday, May 18, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church South Campus, 4741 Carey Station Road, Greensboro, GA with Pastor Merry Grayson officiating. The family requests that memorials be made to First United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 216, Greensboro, GA 30642.   McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of local arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register.


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Gary & Pam Schade
   Posted Thu May 14, 2015
Pam & I are so sorry to hear about Foster's passing. He will always be in our prayers because he was a very good friend and boss who was always there to provide support and direction. We will definitely miss Foster and the conversations we would have during our morning coffee at work, personal gatherings and when playing golf.

God Bless and our prayers and thoughts will be with the entire family during this difficult time.

Russ & Heather Powell, Caroline & Weiler
   Posted Fri May 15, 2015
We are so sorry to hear about Mr. Gerrard's passing. What a wonderful man. We are happy to have had the pleasure to know him as Leslie's daddy and Graham and Ben's grandfather. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all - much love, The Powells

Richard & Emily Childress
   Posted Fri May 15, 2015
Deanna and Family, We are so saddened to learn of Foster's passing. You and Foster were so good to us when we moved to Doe Run. Thanks! We will always remember and cherish the "good times" in Brandenburg, the Guest House, good meals, Kentucky Derby and many more. Our thoughts and prayers will be with all of you during this difficult time. God loves you and so do we. Love, Richard, Emily and Melanie

sherry shepherd
   Posted Sun May 17, 2015
Dear Leslie and family,
Preston and I send our condolences to you and your family.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you!
Although I never had the honor of meeting your Father, it was apparent after reading his obituary ,he was a great man who enjoyed life to it's fullest!
I wish I was there to give you a hug!
Sherry Shepherd

Joseph and Joan Day
   Posted Mon May 18, 2015
It was with sadness that we learned of Foster's passing. We enjoyed the time spent together in Kentucky, Connecticut and Tennessee. We feel very fortunate to have known Foster and his family and hope that our heartfelt condolences will help in a small way through these difficult times.

"What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us." Helen Keller

Laura Tew
   Posted Fri May 22, 2015
Fond memories of Foster and the many things he did for me during our joint time at Olin Arch. Foster was a true mentor and friend, a caring and humorous gentleman.

Lisa Brodlie
   Posted Tue June 02, 2015
Deanna -
I was saddened to read of Foster's passing & I send my most sincere condolences to you & your daughters.
It was thoughtful of you to have the announcement placed in the Forum as we would not have known otherwise.
You will be in my thoughts.

Doris Fiotakis
   Posted Fri June 05, 2015
My dear Deanna, Leslie and Kathleen. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I always remember you as such a happy, loving family, and I know that is what you will hold on to during these difficult times. Wishing you courage and peace in time.

Sylvia Scyster Kerins
   Posted Sun August 23, 2015

I was thinking of you today and just learned of Foster's passing. I am so very sorry and I know you and the girls will really miss him. He was a wonderful man and a real "keeper". My thoughts and prayers are with you.-Sylvia