Ben Hillyer/The Natchez Democrat — White dove balloons are released into the sky Monday afternoon in front of McLaurin Elementary School in memory of Randy Foster, who died in June as a result of an accident on his horse. At top left, Taylor Champ hugs one of the balloons in memory of her cousin. Horse riding was one of Foster’s favorite things to do. At bottom left, McLaurin attendance clerk Tonika Green and Natchez-Adams School District teacher Nedra Hackett watch the balloons rise into the sky Monday afternoon.

Photo feature: In memory of a cowboy

Published 12:00am Tuesday, December 4, 2012

NATCHEZ — Students, teachers and family gathered at McLaurin Elementary School Monday to say goodbye — and happy birthday — to a cowboy.

Randy Foster, who was a McLaurin fourth grader last year, would have been 11 years old Monday. He died in June in a horse accident.

His classmates, teachers and family members paid tribute to Foster with a birthday cake, ice cream and balloons.

Tamra Ellis hands out balloons to the students, teachers and family members that gathered to celebrate Randy’s birthday and to pay tribute to his memory.