WILMINGTON — A lifetime member of the Wilmington Regional Association of Realtors, Millard James “Jim” Fountain Jr., 87, passed away at 12:45 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021.
He was the husband of the beautiful Pearl Winner Fountain, and their marriage celebration of 66 years would have been in April. He was the proud dad of Diane Fountain and the “Pops” of Dr. Meares Green, Scientist Chaz Green (married to Nicole Harrison Green), and Dr. Bliss (Elizabeth) Green Leverette (married to Matthew Leverette). Bliss was born being the “Joy of his world.” He was the grandfather of William Fugazy (Dr. Heather) and Alexandra Fugazy and the great-grandfather of Penelope Marie Fugazy and William Alfred Fugazy. He was preceded in death by his dearly loved and missed son, Ricky Fountain.
Jim was the son of the late Millard and Dorothy. Fountain was born in Wilmington and graduated from New Hanover High School in 1951. He attained his B.S./B.A. Degree in Business Management at UNC-CH in 1955. While at UNC, Jim was junior class president; head cheerleader; member of CHI PHI Fraternity; and president of the university club, the Student Body Legislator. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1956 to 1962, where he flew Strategic Air Command, was an instructor, navigator, director of the officers club and the protocol officer.
He founded Jim Fountain Realty, with three departmental areas encompassing commercial, residential and property management. His involvement with his community included being president of WRAR in 1976, chairman of the Multiple Listing Service for three years, first chairman and founder of the Commercial and Investment Division of the board, chairman of the Bicentennial Celebration in 1976, president of Wrightsville Beach PTA, state director of the Cerebral Palsy Foundation, chairman of the Cerebral Palsy Campaign, Cancer Fund chairman, Heart Fund chairman, V.P. Cape Fear Sportsman Club and the division chairman of the United Way. He was a member of numerous clubs, chairperson of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce and the Committee of 100, Elks Club, Wilmington Executive Club, Jaycees, U.S. Propeller Club, Navy League, lifetime member of the Retired Officer’s Club and was named “Boss of the Year” by The American Business Women’s Association twice.
On a state level, Fountain was associate dean of the Realtor’s Institute for three years; dean of the Realtor’s Institute for two years; foundation director of the North Carolina Real Estate Educational Foundation Realtors Institute for seven years; foundation V.P. of the NCREEF for two years; and foundation president of NCREEF Realtor’s Institute for three years. Fountain served as V.P. and director of the ECU Business Foundation representing NCREEF and NCAR Grant, with a professor seat in real estate for two years; NCAR Regional V.P. for one year; NCAR Executive Committee for four years; and NCAR Finance Committee member for two years. He was a convention speaker, as well as traveling college speaker for NCAR. He served on several committees as chairman of NCAR: Education Committee, NCAR Legislative Committee, North Carolina Convention Committee and the NCAR Commercial/Industrial Committee. He was the originator, coordinator, lecturer of the Real Estate Course of the Southeastern Community College. On the national level, Jim was a member of NAR, the National Institute and the Realtors Educational Committee. He was a pioneer in the real estate, development and construction business. He built St. James, Plaza East and Federal Point shopping centers, while anchoring numerous chains and residential developments in New Hanover County.
His love and devotion to his faith saw many years of service at St. Andrews and St. John’s Episcopal Church. Most of all, he loved his beautiful wife, and not a day went by that one would not hear, “I love you, Pearl.”
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 26, at St. John’s Episcopal Church with the Rev. Eric Moulton, MATS, officiating. Masks will be required and appropriate social distancing followed. Burial will follow in Oleander Memorial Gardens with military honors accorded.
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