David William Fosbury

12/30/1928 - 09/14/2023


Obituary For David William Fosbury

David William Fosbury, 94, of Southport, NC passed away peacefully September 14, 2023 at CarePartners Hospice Solace Center, Asheville, NC. A life well lived and an English gentleman, he had a profound impact on those fortunate enough to have known him and shared in his passions of teaching, sailing, and travel.

He is survived by his two sons, Michael (Belle Maloy) and Hugh (Lisa Mahoney); granddaughter Melissa (Sean White); grandsons James (Becca Theriault), Jonathan, and great-granddaughter, Olivia. His England family, nephews Richard (Carole) Baker and Christopher (Sean) Baker; great nephews and great niece, James, Andrew (Hridi), Matthew and Elin Baker. David was predeceased by his beloved wife of 66 years, Deborah Elizabeth Sykes (Elwell) and his sister Rita Baker of Shropshire, England.

David was born on December 30, 1928 in Halifax, England to William and Elsie Fosbury. Upon graduating with a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Birmingham University, he and Debs married in Abingdon in 1955. Shortly after, he choose his first job with DuPont, U.S.A. and soon sailed across the Atlantic. They lived in Kinston and Grifton, NC, Hendersonville, TN, Signal Mountain, TN and finally Southport, NC. His last professional job was teaching Chemistry via the internet for Chattanooga State Community College until the age of 90. He also taught boating safety and navigation with the US Power Squadron in Chattanooga and Southport. They were members of the Episcopal church. He and Debs loved to entertain with friends and family throughout their lives; reading, learning, sailing, and family, including their many pets, all enriching his life.

As we mourn the absence of David in our lives, we also celebrate the brother, husband, father, grandfather and consummate teacher he always was through out his life. The family will hold a private memorial ceremony.

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  • 11/01/2023

    Michael, Sorry to hear of your loss. Mary Ellen Maycann

  • 10/28/2023

    I worked for several years with Mr Fosbury wife Debs. She was by far one of my faborite people in the world. I looked for her. Googled her and asked other therapists regarding where she and David were .... Two years ago I found her obituary and was very saddened. She and David gave Port Raulston .... . Then my fiancé. A lovely wedding shower on signal mountain when they lived in in Boston Branch. What memories. You sons were blessed to have such fabulous parents. I loved them both dearly. May Gods peace be with each and every one of you during this tragic time.... The world was a much brighter place with them in it!!!!!!! Stay blessed ❤️🙏

  • 10/27/2023

    Dear Michael and Hugh, News of your dad's passing was published in this mornings news paper where we also learned that your mother had passed. We extend our condolences for your loss. We lost contact with your mom and dad after they moved from Signal Mountain, but we have many fond memories of evenings spent with them. They were great friends and delightful dinner partners. We have missed them both, and are saddened to learn of their passing. We hope you both are doing well. Fondly, Charlotte and Charlie Landis

  • 10/27/2023

    I remember Mr. Fosbury helping out with our Boy Scout Troop 60 on Signal Mountain. He was very kind and supportive. My deepest sympathy to Michael , Hugh, and the entire family. Les Nation

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