George County High mourns death of student killed in crash

GEORGE COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A smart guy and brilliant musician.  That's how students and staff at George County High are remembering 18-year-old senior Joseph Foster.  The graduating senior was killed 24 hours ago when his car ran off the road while traveling on Highway 613 just north of the Jackson-George County Line.

Flags flew half staff outside of George County High a day after 18 year old Joseph Foster was killed in a car accident.

"I couldn't believe it, I couldn't believe it," a student said.

As students and staff arrived to school, they carried with them heavy hearts. They said Foster was an all around great guy.

"He was always honest," a student said.

The senior was also known for his extraordinary musical talent. In fact, his band directors said Foster was their shining star.

"He would excel at any instrument he tried to play, and he was a fantastic base singer," assistant band director Scott Smith said.

"Just from a band point of view, if this was on a baseball team he would definitely be a utility player. He played five different instruments from marching band, concert, and Jazz band. He was a big motivate for the band program and he was always somebody we can look to," lead band director Anton Rayburn said.

George County High's Principal echoes that sentiment.  Principal Kiley Hughes said Foster's musical talent will also be missed by his senior classmates.

Foster would have been graduating with the class just in two weeks.

"To have a loss of a teenager right at the beginning of really his life, he is fixing to go off to college. To lose your son or daughter is just a difficult time for everybody. Being here for his four years of high school, he was part of community and a family and it is sad," Hughes said.

As the George County high family continues to heal from this untimely death, they promise to always honor Foster's memory.

"Our counselors are speaking with students, we actually called in the entire band and the show choir in one room and we talked to them. We didn't want to grieve the loss, we wanted to celebrate we accomplished here."

Funeral arraignments have been set for Foster.  The visitation will be Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Sigler funeral home in Lucedale.  The funeral will be held the following morning at the same place starting at 10a.m.

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