Crash victim ‘found joy in everything’
By Bobby Bryant
Friends, family and faith were cornerstones for the 24-year-old man killed Dec. 13 in Darlington County when a pickup truck overturned on Oates Highway near Timmonsville, his family says. Chapman William Fountain (initial reports reversed his first and middle names) died about 1:50 a.m. in the accident. He was a passenger in the truck; two other passengers and the driver were injured and taken to an area hospital. Fountain “found joy in everything he did and brightened the lives of others,” his family wrote in his obituary, posted on the website of Norton Funeral Home. “Chapman created loyal, long-lasting friendships. His friends will always remember him for his big laugh and fun-loving spirit.” Fountain, a graduate of Robert E. Lee Academy, lived in Georgetown and worked for Nucor Steel in Berkeley, his obituary says. He was buried last week in Lamar Cemetery. Survivors include his mother, Elizabeth Hance of Hartsville, and father, Wayne Fountain of Lamar. His obituary says Fountain played Little League sports and played football and baseball at Robert E. Lee Academy. A USC football fan, Fountain “was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing and hunting.” The accident in which Fountain died was being investigated by the S.C. Highway Patrol, but Master Trooper Brian Lee said last week that the patrol could not yet release more details. He could not say how badly the driver and other two passengers were injured. But he said the patrol might have more information about the crash this week.