Rayford Matthew Fountain, 79, of the Shady Grove Community, Nacogdoches County, passed away Saturday, February 18, 2017 at his home.
Services will be 1:00 p.m. Thursday, February 23, 2017 at Shady Grove Baptist Church in Nacogdoches with Pastor John Withem and Pastor Richard Skinner officiating. Burial will follow at Old Salem Cemetery in Center. Visitation will be prior to service beginning at 11 am at Shady Grove Baptist Church.
He was born February 11, 1938 in the Camp Worth Community in Shelby County to Walter William Fountain and Cora Lee (Love) Fountain. He worked for Blume Systems Tree Service for 15 years and was a heavy equipment diesel mechanic for 14 years and retired from Pilgrims Pride where he worked in maintenance for 11 years. Rayford accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior on Thursday, September 8, 2016 and was baptized at Shady Grove Baptist Church in Nacogdoches. He was a strong devoted son, brother, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle and friend. He cherished spending quality time with family, neighbors and friends. He loved planting a spring and fall vegetable garden to share with family and friends. His other great joys were hunting, fishing, farming, church, gospel music, singing, whistling and taking pictures for memories. Last of all Saturday night at VFW to dance the night away. Always a friend to all, helping with fencing, caring for livestock, and building whatever the community needed. He was selfless.
He is preceded in death by his Parents, Walter and Cora Fountain, Daughter, Brenda Sue Fountain Williams, Granddaughter, Naomi Nicole Fountain, the mother of his children, Frances Josephine Fountain, Brothers & Sister, Walter William Fountain, Jr., T.S. Fountain, Mary Survell Fountain Golden, William Richard Fountain and Mannon Fountain.
He is survived by:
Rose Fountain Sherrod & husband, James “Buck” of Humble
James A. Weaver & wife, Maria of Fountain, CO
Brittany M. Sherrod of Humble
Brandon M. Sherrod of Savannah, GA
Kelton G. Sherrouse of New Caney and Lilly J. Webster of Humble
Gabriella E. & Eilliana G. Weaver of Fountain, CO
Sara Alice Fountain Gathright of Homer, LA
Dorothy “Dot” Fountain of Spring
Dale Fountain, David Fountain, Ronald (Dip) Thorton,
Lauree Weeks, Jimmy Pipes & Robert Blanchard, Alternate, Fred Burmann
Kenny (T) Golden
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas