The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

August 14, 2013


March 8, 1934 – August 12, 2013


TARBORO — TARBORO — Bracey Frederick “Fred” Fountain, Jr., 79, died Monday, August 12, 2013.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 17, at Calvary Episcopal Church in Tarboro. Private interment in the churchyard of William & Mary Hart Presbyterian Church in Leggett will follow for immediate family members.

Fred was born in Edgecombe County on March 8, 1934 to Bracey F. Fountain of Leggett, Edgecombe County, and Elizabeth McGwiggan Fountain Darrow of Enfield, Halifax County.

Fred attended The Virginia Episcopal School in Lynchburg, Va., The Presbyterian Junior College, in Laurinburg, N.C., North Carolina State University in Raleigh, and graduated from East Carolina University in Greenville where he majored in social studies. In addition, he served two years in the U.S. Army.

Early in his career he was employed as personnel manager at Jefferson Mills in Williamston, N.C. where he was also a Cub Scout Pack Master (where both of his sons earned the rank of Eagle Scout). Fred also served in his community as a church lay reader at Church of the Advent (an Episcopalian Parish), Rotary Club, and as president of the Chamber of Commerce. In that capacity, he was the lead speaker for the region in support of the formation of the medical school at ECU. As part of the formation team for Jefferson Mills in Williamston, he formulated and implemented a child care center for the employees, the first of its kind in North Carolina.

He pursued work in the textile industry until 1977 when he returned to Tarboro and opened The Wood Box, a building supply store. Later, he joined the staff of the Town of Tarboro as a personnel manager, eventually retiring in that capacity.

Fred enjoyed boating, fishing, woodworking, photography, travel, classical music and was an avid reader.

He is survived by his first wife, S. Sherrod Bryan, of Tarboro, and their two sons, Bracey Frederick Fountain, III, of Asheville and William Bryan Fountain of Kennesaw, Ga.; his second wife, Margaret Sherrod Fountain and her daughters, Mary Ruth Pupa, of  Durham  and Elizabeth Dempster, of Raleigh; his brother, Arthur Whitfield Fountain, of Tarboro and his grandchildren, Bracey Frederick Fountain, IV and Emma Clelia Fountain, both of Asheville.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made in Fred’s memory to the Boy Scouts of America (East Carolina Council), P.O. Box 1698, Kinston, 28503.    

Arrangements are by Carlisle Funeral Home, Inc. of Tarboro.

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