April 3, 2003

(2/10/1950 - 3/29/2003)

Neil Fountain, 53, of Memphis and Williamstown died Saturday morning, March 29, 2003, at his home in Memphis.

He was born the son of Nolan and Pearl (Walker) Fountain of Colony, MO, on February 10, 1950 in Kirksville, MO.

On July 14, 1971, he married the former Donetta Jean Norton at Colony. She survives.

Neil attended grade school in Colony and graduated from Knox County High School. He served in the United States Army after high school. Neil was self-employed for many years as a mechanic, dozer and trencher operator, as well as being an over-the-road driver. Ill health forced his early retirement.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a half-brother, Delmar Fountain, and a half-sister, Dorothy Fountain.

He is survived by his wife, Donetta, of Memphis; two sons: Nolan Fountain and wife Torrie of LaPlata, MO, and Jason Fountain of the home; three grandchildren: Haily, Hollie, and Erik Fountain of LaPlata; a sister, Shirley and husband Glen Klocke of Edina; two brothers: Burbert Fountain of Rutledge, MO, and Herbert Fountain and wife Maggie of Colony; three half-brothers: Duane Fountain of Edina, MO, Don Fountain of Denver, CO, and Dale Fountain, of Pocatello, ID; numerous nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, April 1, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. in the Gerth Funeral Chapel in Memphis with the Rev. Richard Van Bebber officiating. Serving as pallbearers were Rick Pinson, Donnie Small, Tim McDuffie, Danny Norton, Danny Walker, and Randy Norton, Jr. Honorary bearers were Randy Brown, John Shannon, Nolan Fountain, and Jason Fountain. Interment was in the Colony Cemetery in Colony, MO, with military graveside rites by the Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial Post #4958 of Memphis. Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association or to the Family.

Gerth Funeral Service handled the arrangements from their Memphis chapel.

Condolences may be sent to the Fountain family via email at gerths@gerths.com.

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