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Willie J. Fountain

1932 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Willie J. Fountain Obituary

June 1, 1932 - March 25, 2017

On March 25, 2017, at the age of 84, Willie James Fountain (Pete) of Linda, CA, passed away peacefully at the Lincoln Meadows Care Center. He was born in Marked Tree, Arkansas to Malcum Gorden and Johnnie Mae Fountain. He was one of eight children born to this union.

Willie married Yvonne Fountain of Bakersfield, CA on May 2, 1960. They raised four wonderful children. Prior to moving to California, he worked for the Union Pacific Railroad in Michigan.

Willie also was drafted into the United States Army as a Combat Engineer, serving an overseas tour of duty in Korea, during the Korean War. He received an Honorable Discharge and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, and the Korean War Service Medal. After his military career and tour of duty in Korea, he made his home in California. He was a long-time resident of Yuba County, where he worked in many vocations. He worked construction at Beale Air Force Base, constructing base housing quarters for officers and enlisted personnel. He also worked many hours assisting with the construction of Bullards Bar Dam, located near the town of Dobbins in Yuba County. Willie was a hard worker and tried his skillful hands at many other jobs, including working in Northern California as a rose grafter, often saying, "He could cross bred roses to get any color you desired."

Finally, after he decided to settle down and make Yuba County his place of abode, Willie applied for employment with the City of Marysville and was immediately hired as a general laborer. After many promotions, Willie was hired as the lone Heavy Duty Sewer Truck Operator, working throughout the Yuba-Sutter areas. With twenty-two years of outstanding service, Willie decided to retire and was recognized for distinguished, honorable and exemplary service to the City of Marysville.

Willie loved his dear wife Yvonne with unconditional love and provided for his family; always ensuring they never went without their needs. His favorite passions were listening to gospel, jazz, and plain old school music. He also loved watching his favorite T.V. shows, which were westerns, action packed movies, and yes, In the Heat of the Night, and the Price is right. He was affectionately called the Raider-man by many of his friends and family.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife Yvonne, daughter Savon Nichols, mother and father, Johnnie Mae Fountain and Malcum Gorden, and stepfather Tommie Lee Fountain, sisters Leola Belcher, Etta Mae Cotton, and brother Herman Fountain.

Willie is survived by his daughter Sheila (Evangelist Michael) Gray, sons James M. Fountain, and Carl M. Fountain.

Services will be held Saturday April 8, 2017, at the Gospel Christian Center in Linda, CA. Visitation will be from 11 :00 am to Noon, with services starting at 12:00 Noon. Pastors Ruth and Arthur Catlin, Officiating. Burial will follow at Sierra View Memorial Park with Military Honors by the U.S. Army. Arrangements are under the direction of Ullrey Memorial Chapel.

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Published in Appeal Democrat on Apr. 4, 2017
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