Louise Fountain Koonce, affectionately known as ""Doobie,"" entered into eternal rest at sunset on Saturday evening, April 12, 2014.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 18 at Blooming Hill FWB Church, Richlands with Bishop McKinley Smith officiating. Interment will follow in Onslow Memorial Park. Viewing from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday April 17 at Mills Funeral Home, Kinston.
She died of natural causes at Carolina Rivers Nursing and Rehab Center, Jacksonville. She was not only the oldest living person in the history of her family, but was also the oldest living resident of Onslow County (106 years, 9 months, and 24 days). Sister Louise Koonce, like her parents, was thus of historic distinction. She was born June 19, 1907, to the late Peter and Sallie Fountain of Richlands. Her mother, Sallie Cox was the first person in her family to be born free. The Petersburg community where Louise was born and grew up was named after her father, Peter Fountain.
Sister Louise Koonce was as solid as a rock in her faith and commitment to church, community, and family activities. Sister Louise received her early education in the public schools of Onslow County. She was married to the late Rev. Arthur Koonce who was Vice Moderator of the Free Will Baptist Conference. Her brother, Bishop O.G. Fountain was the founder of the Holy Bible Way Churches with 13 small churches throughout eastern North Carolina. Sister Louise supported both of these ministers in their churches, Sunday Schools, and Women's Auxiliaries. Additionally, she was a life-long member of Blooming Hill Free Will Baptist Church. She served as church treasurer for many years until she lost her eyesight due to glaucoma. She was a Charter member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Richlands Chapter and continued her support as a life-long member. Sister Louise Koonce received several life service achievement awards and citations from President Barack Obama, President George W. Bush, Governor Beverly Purdue, and from many other churches and community organizations.
Preceding her in death were three sisters, Annie Jenkins, Nanny Foust, and Daisy Green; and two brothers, Bishop O. G. Fountain and Henn Jenkins. Those who remain to share her memory are her nephew, J.C. Fountain; niece, Maybelle Kemp; great-nephew, Bobby H. Miller (Bertha); great-niece, Linda A. Tokuta (Alade); great-great-nephew, Shean Tokuta; and a host of other relatives and friends. She will be greatly missed.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at millsfh.com.
Mills Funeral Home, Inc. in charge of arrangements.