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Clarence Fountain, founding member of the Blind Boys of Alabama, was born on November 28, 1929, to the late Mr. Willie and Ida C. Fountain in Tyler, Alabama. Clarence departed this life on Sunday, June 3, 2018 at Our Lady of the Lake hospital in Baton Rouge, LA. In 2015, Clarence joined the Promise Land Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, LA, under the leadership of Dr. Perry Wright Jr. Clarence loved his church and thought no one could preach like his pastor. He was a dedicated member and appreciated the church for accepting him for who he was. On May 16, 2018, he performed his final performance with the Blind Boys of Alabama at the Manship Theatre in Baton Rouge, LA. Clarence impacted lives all over the world, and for this, he will always be remembered! He leaves to cherish his memory his loving and devoted wife of 19 years, Barbara Fountain, and a host of family and friends. Final viewing will be held at Promise Land Baptist Church on Monday, June 11, 2018, from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Musical to follow at 6:00 pm. Funeral Services will be held at Mt. Pilgrim Life Center on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at 11:00 am.

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Published in The Advocate from Jun. 9 to Jun. 12, 2018.
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February 21, 2019
Marchill Maxwell
August 5, 2018
The gospel world has lost a legend. I grew up on the Five Blind Boys' music and Clarence Fountain was a joy to see and hear. Thank you Lord for blessings.
CJ Mitchell
Friend
July 11, 2018
I recall to mind how Gospel artist, Fred Hammond, sampled Clarence Fountain's voice from the Five Blind Boys of Alabama's song of the 1960's, "Our Revival Time" into his 1991 song, "I Came To Jesus As I Was." It was my first time hearing a Gospel tune sampled into another Gospel song. I still like both songs to this day. Thank God for the gift of Clarence and his anointed voice, and for giving us hope of eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Richard Brown, Jr.
June 29, 2018
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Annette
June 15, 2018
one of the best now rest in jesus name . amen
eugene carter
June 13, 2018
"And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away and be at rest."

Condolence to Mrs. Barbara Fountain and Family. You have a beautiful bank of memories that you can withdraw from at any time. Baton Rouge is honored to have had Bro. Fountain make this his home and have a little part of the History of this great legend. My family have been fans for over 60 years. We wish God's blessing on you and your family in your hour of bereavement.

The Green, Morgan and Thompson Family of Baton Rouge.
Prenellia Thompson
June 12, 2018
Our prayers are with the family and the group.
PastorNorie and Carolyn Scott
June 12, 2018

My heartfelt condolences and prayers for the family of Clarence. May God grant solace and strength during this most challenging time. Clarence was truly a brilliant and accomplished man. He will truly be missed. With Love & Prayers
A Caring Neighbor
June 12, 2018
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Minister Charles Chambers
June 12, 2018
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Ruth Chambers
June 11, 2018
Extending our heartfelt condolences and praying the love of God, family, and friends enfold you as you journey through your bereavement.
Ginger F. Smith & Family
June 11, 2018
Brenda & Family, our deepest condolences go out to you. Any time you lose a loved one is very hard. Cherish the fond memories. May God bless you and heaven shine upon you. Stay strong, and you all will definitely be in our thoughts and prayers.
Jessica Magee & The Magee Family
Jessica Magee
Friend
June 11, 2018
My Prayers and Condolences to the Fountain Family...Wife, Barbara Fountain; Daughter, Brenda Fountain-Johnson and family.
Janet White
June 11, 2018
Barbara,
Please accept my condolences on the passing of Clarence.
His deep baritone voice will be missed in live concert, but anyone blessed with the opportunity to see him perform gospel live, will have lifetime memories of his consummate artistry and craft.
I'm glad I've had multiple opportunities to witness the power of his gifts in the states and abroad.
He leaves quite a legacy in his body of work.
Blessings to you, the family members and friends.
Sincerely,
Veta Frazier Banks
Long Beach, California
Veta Frazier Banks
June 10, 2018
Our sincere condolences and payers are with you and family. We so admire his choice to continue his journey to use his gift to praise God.
Bob & Laura Butler
June 10, 2018
May the peace of God keep you in perfect peace as you keep your mind stayed on Him.
Rev. Ruby Paynes
June 10, 2018
To the family I pray that God keep you in perfect peace. Now he will join my great uncle Louis Dicks and they can start a new group. To my cousin Chis be strong in the Lord he will direct your path.
Sandra Dicks
June 10, 2018
I'm Jewish, but I have never felt the spirit more than when listening to Clarence Fountain and the Blind Boys of Alabama.

It is such a blessing that we can all continue to be uplifted by his honest and righteous voice through recordings and videos.

Thank you Clarence, for a life well spent..and making the World just a little bit better.
Brad Nelson
June 10, 2018
Sis Fountain You And The Family Are In Our Prayers...Brother Fountain Brought So Much Love and Joy To Those He Would Be In The Midst Of...He Truly Loved Serving God ...And Also Loved Serving His Fellowman...Sending Our Condolences Melvin and Maria Davis
Maria Davis
June 9, 2018
Praying for the family
Robirda LANDS
June 9, 2018
Rest in Jesus arms Amen!
I love the 5 Blind Boy's Of Alabama
Charlotte Howard Williams
June 9, 2018
With heartfelt condolences rest in heaven.
Charlotte Williams
June 9, 2018
We offer our deepest condolences. May you find comfort in God's promise of a better world for all those we have lost in death. (Isaiah 35:5)
Michelle Smith
June 9, 2018
Mrs. Fountain, your husband, Mr. Clarence presence will truly be missed. I know how much love and care you showered on him. Now God has him in His care, there are no better hands to be in. The psalmist states: ...yea though you walk through the valley of the shadows of death, fear no evil for God is with you... It is not easy, but it gets better. May you find comfort in your memories. It is with sincere condolences that we express these words. May God bless you and your family. One of my favorite song they recorded is: "It could have been me."
Arleen Robertson and Family
June 7, 2018
With deepest sympathy.
Nancy Hopkins / Gospel Broadcaster
Orangeburg,SC
90.3 FM. South Carolina State University
1440 am Holly Hill ,SC
June 7, 2018
Clarence Fountain
Family
June 7, 2018
Well done ..... Rest !
Anita Johnson
June 6, 2018
To the FOUNTAIN FAMILY:
Words cannot express the value of Mr. Fountain's work in gospel music. Legendary is the only way to describe, Mr. Fountain. The world has been blessed by the music of Clarence Fountain and the Five Blind Boys of Alabama.
God bless his soul. God bless and keep you during this difficult time.
Anthony Hines, I
June 6, 2018
Such a great loss. God knows what is best. I was blessed to hear this great singer a time or two and was truly inspired. I thank God for allowing this great man to share his talents with the world. God bless you family and keep you during this time and always.
Machelle Vaughan
June 6, 2018
One of the greatest gospel singers I have ever known
Ima Gunn
June 6, 2018
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort
Thanks for sharing Mr. Fountain over the years.
Elise Florence
June 6, 2018
My deepest condolences to the Fountain Family.
Mr. Fountain was a true Legend. RIH
MARVIN REED
June 6, 2018
So very sorry to hear of the loss of Mr Fountain.A leader in the industry of gospel music.Any singer or group sang a many of their songs.My father had their records and we constantly listened to them along with the Mighty Clouds of Joy and many others.Mr Fountain paved the way for our contemporary gospel singers .May the family find peace and comfort from our God of tender mercies.He will be remembered.And in those days the eyes of the blind opened,the lame will walk the Bible tells us.
C S
June 6, 2018
Brother Clarence, we light this candle for you and we Thank you for you're dedication to Gospel Music. GOD Bless your soul!

Charles & Nancy Frederick
Charles & Nancy Frederick
June 5, 2018
I was very heartbroken to hear about the transitioning of Bro. Clarence Fountain. I've been a fan of his since I was four years old...wow...46 years. I love his song, "How Far Am I From Canaan" so much that it's been my ringtone on my phone for a few years now. In honor of his legacy, it will remain permanent. Rest on Bro. Fountain, I'll meet you in the resurrection.
Johnny Mae Holmes
June 5, 2018
PRAYERS AND BLESSINGS
Valenda Newell
June 5, 2018
Rest with God Mr. Fountain. Job well done, Alabama is so very proud of you! Talladega will always be true to you, and very thankful. God Bless, and heal all Family.
CM
June 5, 2018
Thank you sir for your faithfulness and wonderful music and sharing the gospel around the world. May you enjoy your eternal reward in heaven as you SEE the wonder and beauty of it all.
Hope
June 5, 2018
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
June 5, 2018
Clarence miss u Liz and Dorothy hickerson from talladega ala
Elizabeth Griffin
June 5, 2018
In memory of a great singer. Mr Clarence Fountain.
Mary
June 5, 2018
A long career doing what you loved beings fulfillment. The family and friends will have many things to discuss in fond memories of good times. My sincere condolences for your loss.
June 5, 2018
As a lover of Gospel and Quartet music I applaud the contributions of Mr. Fountain to the quartet music I enjoy today. Life well lived!
Donald Lovette
June 5, 2018
Mr Fountain's music legacy will be cherished by many. May the God of comfort soothe your hearts during the loss of your dear loved one.
JMS
June 5, 2018
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
K. McDowell (Isaiah 25:8)
June 5, 2018
Thank you for the beautiful music.
Susan
June 4, 2018
I grew up listening to The Blind Boys Of Alabama on Ernest Record mart broadcast out of Nashville, Tennessee on a Sunday night at 9:30 pm. I Bought my first album by them "It So Sweet To Be Saved loved this album. IT been a blessing to have known Mr Fountain I met him in person back in the 70's He has reletives in my hometown he came to do a concert. To the family you have my condolence may God keep you in his care Blessing An Ohio fan by the way of Alabama
James McMillian
June 4, 2018
Oliver Armstrong
June 4, 2018
What a blessing to have been born in a time to grow up hearing the powerful and inspiring sound of Gospel as delivered by Mr. Clarence Fountain and the Five Blind Boys of Alabama. May you, his family, receive our love, prayers and gratitude to God for the gift shared by this legendary icon of true Gospel. The Blessings of the Lord be upon you!
Stephen Smith
June 4, 2018
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