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Barry Foster

Barry Kent Foster

Tuesday May 9, 1961 - Saturday January 16, 2021
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RUSH SPRINGS, OK: Barry Kent Foster, 59, passed away Saturday, January 16, 2021 in Oklahoma City.

Barry was born Tuesday, May 9, 1961 in Pauls Valley, to Coach S.J. and Betty (English) Foster. After graduating from Lindsay High School in 1979, he furthered his education, earning an Associate’s Degree while playing baseball at Eastern Oklahoma State College in Wilburton and East Central University in Ada, where he continued his baseball career and earned his Bachelor's Degree. Barry met the love of his life, Lesa Jennings, and they married on October 19, 1985 in Rush Springs, and recently celebrated 35 wonderful years of marriage. He worked as a teacher and coach until his retirement. Barry coached at Rush Springs, Marlow, Cache, and Duncan schools throughout his career. He was also a proud member of the Rush Springs church of Christ.


His 30 years of coaching accomplishments include: Oklahoma High School All State coach (West) 1998; Oklahoma-Texas Oil Bowl head coach 2008; OCA Football Coach of the Year 2007; Oklahoma Football Coaches Association (OFBCA) Past President 1999-2000, President 1998-1999, Vice President 1997-1998, Secretary 1996-1997, OCA Region 5 Rep 1994-1996; Oklahoma Coaches Association (OCA) President 2004-2005, Vice President 2003-2004, Region 5 Rep 2000-2003; in 2018, he was inducted into the Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame.


Once happily retired, Coach Foster spent time running his own lawn mowing business with his son, Kyle, taking care of numerous yards across South Central Oklahoma. He had a servant’s heart and enjoyed buying gifts for loved ones, babysitting grandchildren, making food for others, and calling and talking to people to show he cared. Barry never failed to attend sporting events for his son, son-in-law, and grandchildren. Most importantly, and above all, was his love and faithfulness to God.

Survivors include, wife, Lesa Foster of the home son, Kyle Foster of the home, three daughters, Skye Wortham and husband Caleb of Marlow, Stormi Patterson and husband Trent of Yukon, and Summer Hale and husband Austin of Chickasha, 8 grandchildren: Avery, Barrett, Deacon, Callyn, Madisyn, Lane, Tatum, and Sutton, mother, Betty Foster of Lindsay, two brothers, Joe Keith Foster of TX, and Kevin Foster of OK, sister, Beth Anne Legare of Lindsay, and a host of family members. Other survivors include his best friends, Coach Joe Tunnell, Coach Kyle Fowler, and Robert Carlton.

Barry was preceded in death by his father, Coach S.J. Foster, his grandparents GW and Jessie Foster and JT and Bea English and three angel granddaughters, Amilia, Ava, and Harper.


Honorary Pallbearers: Kyle Foster, Austin Hale, Caleb Wortham, Trent Patterson, Avery Foster, Barrett Wortham, Deacon Wortham, Lane and Tatum Patterson, Roy Jennings, Cody Foster, Joe Kyle Foster, Joe Tunnell, Kyle Fowler, Robert Carlton, Todd Peterman, Todd Dilbeck, Greg Gothard, Jim Holloway, Donnie Husband, Mike Reffett, Dan Cocannouer, the 1998 Rush Springs Redskins state championship team, all former players, and coaching colleagues.
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Danny, Alexa and Angela Wootten and Blake, Danielle Caldwell

Posted at 09:30pm
Barry was a wonderful and kind man. We are so sorry to hear of his passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers

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Susan Gassaway

Posted at 12:39pm
Barry always helped watch out for me when I was a neighbor and he will be greatly missed. HUGS to his family. Susan Gassaway
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Steve Ford

Posted at 05:14pm
Saddened to hear of Barry’s passing. As a proud member of Lindsay Leopard Football (Class of ‘72), the entire Foster family (Coach, Mom and kids) became a huge part of my experience as a Leopard. Remember the Foster boys hanging around learning and preparing for the next step in the journey. In Barry’s case, that path led to a lifetime doing what he loved…teaching the game of football. He had total access and learned from the best…his dad and Coach Tunnell and others…that football is more than a game. It’s about understanding and helping people realize their full potential to be a part of something bigger than themselves. Those early experiences likely formed the foundation that shaped Barry’s life and coaching philosophy.

It’s been years ago but remember Barry walking up to me at Coach Tunnell’s retirement and, before even saying hello, he began the conversation with “do you remember when my Dad asked you how you could play an entire football game in a torrential downpour, the field was nothing but a big mud puddle and you didn’t even get your uniform dirty…except for your knees?”. Just for context, he may have been drawing comparison to my brother who was a get down and dirty, border line mean football player while I was more strategic using brain over brawn…didn’t have much of the former and even less of the latter. Not sure if he was saying I didn’t have much to show for my effort or just acknowledging that people can still make a contribution to the team just in a different way. Can’t remember exactly when the question was asked but Barry must have been right there making a note in his book of experiences. Would bet that Barry used that line during a similar situation during his coaching career.

Lastly, my brother has stayed in touch with Coach Tunnell over the years and know that Barry had always been there for him…a life-long friendship based on love and respect. That is the mark of a truly great man! Knowing love is one thing, showing love is an entirely different level. His legacy will be apparent in the many lives he touched, just as I continue to be an extension of those who made a positive impact in my life. May God Bless His Soul!

Steve Ford
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Mark Terrell and family

Posted at 12:12pm
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Mark Linney

Posted at 10:55am
Absolutely one of the best people I have ever had the pleasure of calling my friend! Met Barry at Eastern and continued our friendship for years. My thoughts are with his family. The coaching profession lost a great one in Barry!
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