Obituaries

Billie Ruth Fountain

Billie Ruth FountainFuneral services for Billie Ruth Fountain were Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Denton Missionary Baptist Church in Mount Vernon with burial in the adjacent Denton Cemetery.

Rev. Fergus Jacobs, minister at the CME church, and Rev. Dwight White, pastor at Denton church, conducted the service, with music by Bro. Keitron Fountain and assistance from Sister Reta Evans.
Mrs. Fountain was born Aug. 6, 1930 in the Purley Community of Franklin County, Tex. to Perry Dunlap and Allie Maye Hargrave. She joined the Mt. Zion Christian Methodist Episcopal Church as a young teen and continued as a member there until her death on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017.
She attended the community school at Purley before joining the workforce as a food service worker for 40 years. She was employed about 25 of those years at R.B. “Preacher” Cates’ Tiger Grill Cafe’ and through Jordan Health Services for seven years.
She married Millon Wesley Fountain in 1946. The couple had 12 children. Ten children survive, including six sons, Elmer Dunlap, Milton L.B. Fountain, J.C. Fountain, Samuel Fountain, Mark Fountain, Tony Fountain, and four daughters, Lona Fountain, Stella Shields, Deborah Fountain, Lucinda Fountain. as well as 39 grandchildren, a host of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Fountain is also survived by four brothers, Marvin Dunlap, T. C. Fountain, L.G. Fountain, Perry Ray Dunlap; three sisters, Helen Bell, Kozetta Deloney, Katie Fountain; and a host of uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces cousins, in-laws, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, a son, four grandchildren, two sisters, and three brothers.
Pallbearers for the service were Seddrick Sims, Freddrick Fountain, Carl Fountain, Jason Fountain, Mark Fountain, Jr., and Benny Fountain. Mrs. Fountain’s great-grandchildren were recognized as honorary pallbearers.