Mickey Fountain, age 76, a resident of Crescent, GA, McIntosh County, left his earthly home peacefully on April 16, 2023, at Landmark Hospital, Savannah, GA following a brief illness. Born in Toombs County, Georgia and growing up in Montgomery County, he was a member of the 1965 Vidalia High School graduating class and had previously attended school at Bradwell Institute in Hinesville, GA. After graduation, he attended Southern Tech, Marietta, GA, Brewton Parker College, Mt. Vernon, GA and Georgia Southern College, Statesboro, GA where he graduated with a BA degree in Geology with a minor in Biology. He then attended the University of Georgia and graduated with a Master of Science degree, School of Forestry, Wildlife Management/Ecology.
His first job after college in 1972 was Manager, Little St. Simons Island, Glynn County, GA. In 1974, he began his federal career with the Department of Agriculture, Soil Conservation Service serving the areas of Pembroke, Baxley, and Hazlehurst, and then with the State office in Athens, GA. In 1977, he transferred to the US Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District, Savannah, GA working and writing environmental mitigations plans for Richard B. Russell Lake, Tennessee Tombigbee Waterway along with many other projects and waterways. After working as Chief of Environmental Division, he was selected to serve as Chief of Emergency Management Division, Savannah District where he worked disasters such as tornadoes, flooding, and hurricanes. In 2003, he was selected as a Disaster Program Manager ESF-3 Team Leader for Headquarters, US Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, DC. He worked disasters in all 50 states plus the Caribbean and the American Territories in the Pacific Ocean. He found his passion for working by being able to help those who had suffered so much from these disasters. During his federal career, he received numerous Achievement Metals, Superior and Meritorious Civilian Service Awards, The Bronze Order of the DeFleury Metal-Army Engineer Association Award and was the nationwide Civil Emergency Manager of the Year 2001, US Army Corps of Engineers. He retired from federal service after 33 years in 2007.
Mickey dearly loved his wife, family and friends. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need. He loved to fish the coastal waters in his airboat or just be out on the water enjoying the scenery and taking pictures of nature in all its beauty. He was a jack-of-all trades, and if he didn’t know how to do something, he would learn how to do it.
Mickey is preceded in death by his parents Charles David (Sr.) and Betty Kate Joiner Fountain; his paternal grandparents Milton H. (Sr.) and Lois Maybell Palmer Fountain, his maternal grandparents John Olen and Jennie Mae Willis Joiner.
Mickey is survived by his wife of 55 years, Loretta Fountain, Crescent, GA; brother Charles David (Jr.) (Jean) Fountain, Oxford, GA; two sisters Linda Fountain, Savannah, GA; Kathy (Gary) Roberson, Juliette, GA; and several brothers/sisters-in-law, nieces, nephew, cousins, and friends.
The funeral service will be held Thursday, April 20th, at 3:00 p.m. in the chapel of Ronald Hall Funeral Home with Pastor Brian Durden officiating. Burial will follow in The Allmond Family Cemetery, Kibbee, GA.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday afternoon from 1:00 until just prior to the service.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Allmond Family Cemetery Fund, c/o Libby Hutcheson, 4306 Thompson Pond Road, Tarrytown GA 30470, or the charity, church, or an organization of your choice, or flowers will be accepted.
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