On April 30, 1942, early in the morning, a beautiful angel, an adorable little girl was born to Kermit Lee and Marion (Clark) Strickland in Towns (Telfair County), Georgia. She was named Cornelia Mae Strickland. Cornelia grew in love, grace and mercy! She was well-nurtured and protected as the only child in the family.
Cornelia attended and graduated from the public schools in Telfair County, Walker Business School, Florida State College of Jacksonville and the University of Florida. She’s a retired educator of 33.5 years with the Duval County Public Board of Instruction and Education. She was married to Deacon John H. Fountain and together, they’ve shared 44 years full of happy memories.
Cornelia was a true servant of God and a life-long, devoted member of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. She served faithfully and enjoyed her work as an Exhorter, Stewardess, Missionary and Lay Council member on the Local, District and Region levels. She was a renowned, excellent expounder on the Word of God and also a well-structured organizer for workshops, especially Stewardess workshops. She worked tirelessly on the Local, District and Region levels and traveled to many Connectional meetings in support of her love for the CME Church.
Cornelia passed peacefully on Saturday, March 9, 2019 and was preceded in death by her parents, Kermit and Marion Strickland; and her sister, Sharon Strickland.
Cornelia memories will be forever cherished by her family members: husband, John H. Fountain; daughters, Patricia (Ernest) Washington and Myrian Wilkes, both of Jacksonville, FL; sons, Reginald K. (Carmen) Wilkes, Patrick Air Force Base, FL, John E. Fountain, Albany, Ga, and Lawrence (Sandra) Wilcox, Jacksonville, FL; grandchildren, Shantell, LaTonya, Garrica (Charles), Corneisha, Nichole, Christopher (Jasmine), Kelvin, Terry, Reginald (Brittany), Tony (Sheree), Nicholas and Malcolm; great-grandchildren, Imari, Deja’, Rashad, Enijah, Tony, Alani, Ky’Nya and Myra Lyn; one aunt, beloved brother/sister-in-laws, David (Gloria) Fountain, Larry (Viola) Fountain, Rev. Willie J. (Patricia) Fountain, Aaron Fountain. Bishop Paul (Carolyn) Fortson, Norma J. Thompson, Brenda Fountain; devoted cousin, Helen (the late Dr. Elliot L.) Strickland; there are nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and classmates, too numerous to name. Cornelia will be long-remembered and forever loved by them all.
The funeral service for Cornelia Fountain will be held 11AM, Saturday, March 16th, 2019 at the Central Metropolitan C.M.E. Church 4611 North Pearl Street. The visitation will be 5 - 7PM, Friday, at the church. Interment in Edgewood Cemetery. Please sign the family guest book and view the video tribute @ www.tswarden.com. Arrangements in care of Tyrone S. Warden, FDIC, 4315 N. Main Street, 765-1234
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