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Thomas Elmore Fountain, age 92, of Waycross, Georgia and formerly of Austin, Texas passed away on Saturday, September 1, 2007 in Waycross, Georgia. The Reverend Thomas Elmore Fountain was born in Henderson, North Carolina on February 10, 1915 to Clarke Otis Fountain and Mary Mortimer Elmore Fountain. He married Iona Fraser on September 11, 1940 (deceased in 1993) and in April 1942 they, along with their first child, went to Mexico as missionaries. Tom was a teacher, pastor, author, and linguist and owned a publishing company in Mexico for over 20 years. He wrote and published textbooks in biblical interpretation, hermeneutics and exegesis which are still used in Latin American theological schools. He also authored numerous Christian Books and teaching materials in English and Spanish which were particularly directed to the readership level of the newly literate adult. He got his Master of Arts in Linguistics from Syracuse University and then went to Honduras as a missionary whose emphasis was teaching illiterate adults to read using the Laubach Method of “Each One Teach One.” He taught follow-up reading courses over the radio and emphasized reading the Bible. During his linguistics work in Mexico he spent many years putting the Nahuatl (Aztec) language into stories and excerpts which he had translated into the Nahautl and then turned his manuscripts over to the Wycliffe Bible Translators to complete the translations. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Iona Fraser Fountain Reverend Thomas is survived by his second wife, Ruth Richardson Johnson and her three children Ruthie Conner, Raymond and David and their families. His six children, Sarah Willingham and daughter Peggy Willingham of Wimberley, Lois Fountain-Head and her husband Benjamin Fountain-Head of San Marcos, Dr. Joanna Fountain of Austin and daughter Stacey Chambers of New York City, Sharon Fountain Mallia of Kyle and her sons, Scott Wilkes of Austin, Larsen Wilkes of Kyle and Charles Mallia of Kyle, John R. Fountain and his wife, Lynn Preston Fountain of North Beach, Maryland, Debi R. Fountain of Capitola, California; great-grandchildren, Midian Wilkes and Carsten Wilkes, Garret Grantham and Haylee Grantham; two sisters, Margaret Taylor of Manchester Center, Vermont and Ann McBain of Fresno, California. Visitation will be held from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm on Tuesday, September 4, 2007 at Wilke-Clay-Fish Funeral Home. The family will have a private Graveside Service.