VERONA - Louie Lee Foy, 95, of the Verona Community, died peacefully in his home on Monday, July 19, 2021. Funeral services to celebrate his life will be held on Friday, 2 PM, at Jones Funeral Home, Jacksonville Chapel with Rev. Charles McKinney and Elder Stacy Pierce officiating. Burial will follow at Onslow Memorial Park.
Born and raised on what is now Camp Lejeune, Louie was one of the few remaining survivors of the “Former Landowners of Camp Lejeune Organization”. He enjoyed talking about living on this land and telling stories of how life was for his family in the 1930’s and 40’s, and the many struggles the displaced families went through when the government took over the coastal portion of Onslow County. Due to these circumstances on May 15, 2021 he was finally awarded his Dixon High School diploma-Class of 1944, a proud celebration not only for himself but his entire family.
For 36 years Louie served as Fire Warden for International Paper Company at the Angola Warden Station. He then began his second working career as a heavy equipment operator/bridgetender on Camp Lejeune for the next ten years. He loved the outdoors and was not one to spend much time inside. There were two hobbies he took great pride in—the half-acre garden that he and his wife, Edna worked for countless hours every day during the summer, harvesting and canning their vegetables and fruits and sharing with family and friends. The other being a well-respected, self-taught bee keeper for the past 60 years. Louie loved talking about bee keeping and was always happy to share his knowledge with anyone, right to the very end of his life.
Married for 73 years, he and Edna in their younger days loved to square dance, loved to take spontaneous day trips taking all the back roads “to see the countryside” as he explained it, and drove across the United States three times. Louie was known by many in Onslow County as “The Honey Man”, also in the Verona community he was the “Mayor”, appointed by the town council that met every morning at the round table in Jacks Store where all the world’s problems were solved daily.
A special thanks to all who have provided support to the Foy family for the outpouring of love and care that has been shown to us, especially the past two years as their health began to decline. Louie and Edna could have never spent the latter part of their lives in a more loving and supportive community than Verona.
Louie was born June 14, 1926 at Stones Bay, which is now Camp Lejeune. He is preceded in death by his wife Edna Sandlin Foy; his parents Cader and Gertrude Cooper Foy; siblings Hubert Foy, Alice Foy Allen, and Louise Foy Baugus. He is survived by two daughters Brenda Foy Silance (husband Ricky) of Jacksonville, and Rebecca Foy Sewell (husband Raeford) of Swansboro; four grandchildren, Ricky Silance, Jr., Lane Silance (Kristy), Timmy Silance (Carolyn), and Aaron Sewell; four great-grandchildren Wyatt Silance, Kaylee Silance, Landon Silance and Jaxon Silance; and many nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends Friday prior to the service, from 1:00 until 2:00 pm at the funeral home