Obituary

MINISTER JIMMIE LEROY FOUNTAIN
On Saturday afternoon, May 6, 2017, God, Our Father, in his wisdom closed the eyes of our beloved Jimmie Leroy Fountain, at St. Marys Hospital, Henrico, Virginia, surrounded by his family and friends. Although our hearts are saddened and heavy, we concur that God only picks the BEST.

Jimmie was born on January 4, 1942 to Mamie Lee James and Edward Fountain. He was raised by his grandparents, William and Cora James. Jimmie was one of five sons born to his parents and he was predeceased by three of his brothers: Clarence, Charles, and James.

In his youth, Jimmie received his formal education in the Hanover County Public Schools and later attended Virginia Union School of Theology.

Jimmie was baptized and joined the Bethany Baptist Church, Montpelier, Virginia, at an early age. In later years, he rededicated his life to Christ, with a mind to work out his soul's salvation. Throughout the years, Jimmie was very active in the church, serving in various capacities to include Usher Board, Male Chorus, Deacons' Ministry, Department of Christian Education, and Sunday School teacher. In every capacity he served with commitment, gratitude and pride because he loved the Lord. Under the direction of the Holy Spirit, Jimmie preached his initial sermon on May 29, 2011 and received his ministerial license to preach the word of God. As his health began to decline he was unable to act in all capacities, but even in ill-health, he attended worship services when he could.

On May 15, 1964, Jimmie was united in holy matrimony to the former Gertrude Henderson. God blessed them with four children: Cynthia (deceased), Beth (Bonnie), Thomas, and Princess. He was a loving and devoted husband and father. He was a hard and dedicated worker who was committed to providing for his family. For a number of years, Jimmie worked for Holly Farms, currently Tyson's Poultry in Glen Allen, and was later employed by Union Camp Corp., currently International Paper Industry in Richmond. In 2004, he retired from International Paper after 36 years of employment. Following his retirement, he secured a part time position with the Hanover County School system, in addition to he and his wife becoming foster parents, impacting the lives of numerous youth who resided in their home.

Jimmie was a loving and devoted follower of Christ, who was committed to developing and strengthening his personal relationship with the Lord. He was determined to share the word everywhere he went and with everyone he met. He wanted others to know Christ through him. To know Jimmie was to love him.

To cherish his loving memories are: His loving and devoted wife of 53 years, Gertrude; two daughters, Bonnie Jackson (Wesley) and Princess Tunstall; a son Thomas Fountain; two additional daughters that he raised, Keja and Kekala Bland; a loving brother, Alvin Fountain (Mary); three additional siblings, Charles Patterson (Annette), Shirley Patterson, and Vonda Gomez of Maryland; grandchildren, Anthony and Keith Houchens, Jamel Jackson, Javon, Cateva and Trinity Tunstall, and Barbara Jones (Brian Jones, deceased); two great-grandchildren, Keinya Houchens and Mya Jones; one aunt, Sarah James; two sisters-in-law, Leatrice Jackson (Theodore) and Linda Henderson; four God-children, Donna Henderson Giles, Jennifer Johnson, Korelle James, Dasmon Tyler; and a host of other relatives and friends, two devoted, Derrick Giles and Detral Bolden.