Retired Baptist Minister, Deryl Edward Fountain, 89, died September 1, 2012, at the Ardmore Veterans Center following an extended illness.
Son of the late Ernest P. and Hattie (Cruthards) Fountain, Rev. Fountain was born June 2, 1923, at Biloxi, Mississippi.
A graduate of Biloxi High School, the Class of 1941, he answered his country’s call and entered the U. S. Navy in 1942. A Seaman First Class, he served in the Asiatic Pacific Theater aboard the USS Safe Guard where he handled diving gear and tended divers beneath the surface. For his service he was awarded the American Theater Ribbon, the Asiatic Pacific Ribbon with 2 Bronze Stars and the Good Conduct Medal. He also received a letter of commendation from his Commanding Officer for his good and faithful service.
Following his military service he and the former Beverly Booth were married at Biloxi. He became a minister and served many Baptist Churches.
Following the death of his wife, in 2005, he moved to Ardmore from Weatherford, Oklahoma. He was a member of the Faith Southern Baptist Church.
Survivors include his daughter and son-inlaw, Derlyn and David Pope, Holdenville, Okla.; sons and daughters-inlaw, Wayne and Nancy Fountain, Moline, Illinois, Roy and Darla Fountain, Ardmore; a sister, Ruth Landess, Gulfport, Mississippi; grandchildren and spouses; Davida and Steve Bloomberg, Nathan and Rebecca Fountain, Kevin and Tracie Fountain, Kelli and Chad Tate, and Scott Fountain; greatgrandchildren, Hunter and Dalton Fountain and Ashton and Hayden Tate; brothers and sisters-inlaw, Gene Hassler, Jack and Kathy Booth, Don and Janie Ringer and Sue Hanks; several nieces and nephews.
A private burial service was at Resthaven Memorial Park, Shawnee, Oklahoma, and a family memorial service will be conducted at a later date.
The family appreciated the care and support of the Ardmore Veterans Center and memorials in his name may be made to the ‘Patient Benefit Fund’ of the Ardmore Veterans Center, PO Box 489, Ardmore, OK 73402.
Service arrangements have been entrusted to Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home and Crematory; where condolences to the family may be sent online at www.hdouglasfuneralhome.com.