Edward "Boe" Lewis "Boe" Fontaine

January 14, 1941 - January 17, 2021
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Edward “Boe” Lewis Fontaine of White Hall, Arkansas, went to be with the Lord Sunday, January 17, 2021 at the age of 80. He was born January 14, 1941 to Edward and Edna Brackelsburg Fontaine.
Current Jefferson County Sheriff Lafayette Woods, Jr. released the following statement.
“Sheriff Fontaine began his initial employment with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office in 1980 as deputy sheriff assigned to the Uniformed Patrol Division. After completing basic training at the Arkansas Law Enforcement Academy in the summer of 1980, he quickly rose through the ranks, ultimately being elected the 30th Jefferson County Sheriff and serving from 1999-2006. Also, during his tenure, Sheriff Fontaine served as a Commissioner on the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training (CLEST), appointed by then Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee in 2001.
“He was a leader whose ethics matched the culture of the men and women of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Fontaine embodied the mantra that “As leaders, you set an ethical standard and become an example to the whole organization.” He was the epitome of that ethical standard. He kept his promises and ended his time in office leaving the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office better than when he started.”
Prior to his employment with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Fontaine was one of the most decorated American combat soldiers known to the State of Arkansas. The U.S. Marine Corps recognized him with multiple awards for his bravery, heroism, and military service. Sheriff Fontaine’s most notable awards include 4 purple hearts within a short span of two years (1971-1972) in addition to the Silver Star and the Bronze Star with Combat “V”. He retired after 21 years as a Gunnery Sergeant.”
Sheriff Woods went on to say, “Hemingway described courage as “grace under pressure.” There is no one who embodied that description more than Sheriff Fontaine. He lived his life and led soldiers and deputies alike with courage, grace, and dignity. Sheriff Fontaine bravely closed his life in the same manner. When he endorsed my candidacy for sheriff in 2018, along with then-Sheriff Gerald Robinson, who succeeded him in office before being elected County Judge in 2018, Sheriff Fontaine reminded me to remain humble, steadfast, and always focused on the people. When we last spoke, Sheriff Fontaine was full of life and his deep love and appreciation for the people of Jefferson County was still very much evident. His legacy will endure for many years through all those he mentored and entrusted with helping him lead the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office into a newfound era.”
Boe was always willing to help. For many years he mowed and helped those in need. He enjoyed doing yardwork and being outdoors.
In his younger years, he and his wife raced cars. Boe never met a stranger and always had a story to share.
He was a member of Bethany Missionary Baptist Church.
He is preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Doris Ilene Bierman.
Survivors include his loving wife of 60 years, Maye Winston Fontaine, and a daughter, Kim Fontaine of White Hall.
Viewing at Robinson & Fuller White Hall Funeral Chapel will be Friday, January 22, 2021, 1:00 to 4:30 P.M. The family will receive friends at a drive thru visitation from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Bethany Missionary Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be Saturday, January 23, 2021, at 10:00 A.M. at Bethany Missionary Baptist Church with Reverend Jonathan Witcher and Reverend Tony Williams officiating. Burial will be at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Sheridan following the service.
Memorials may be made to CARTI Cancer Center, Honor of Edward Lewis “Boe” Fontaine, 8901 CARTI Way, Little Rock, Arkansas 72205 or to the Arkansas State Police in care of Arkansas State Police Association, Honor of Edward Lewis “Boe” Fontaine, 5702 Dreher Lane #2, Little Rock, Arkansas 72209.

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  • Visitation

    Friday, January 22, 2021 | 1:00pm - 4:30pm
    Friday, January 22, 2021 1:00pm - 4:30pm
    Robinson and Fuller White Hall Funeral Chapel
    8302 Dollarway Rd
    White Hall, AR 71602
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  • Second Visitation

    Friday, January 22, 2021 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, January 22, 2021 5:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Service

    Saturday, January 23, 2021 | 10:00am
    Saturday, January 23, 2021 10:00am
    Bethany Missionary Baptist Church
    7122 Sheridan Road
    White Hall, AR 71602
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  • Interment

    Memorial Gardens Cemetery-Sheridan
    1403 West Center Street
    SHERIDAN, AR 72150
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Homer Wilson

Posted at 12:06pm
Maye and family, I am sorry for your loss. When I was on the Sheriff Dept.,Boe was my Sergeant. I am proud to have served under him. Boe was a great leader and true friend. Boe will be missed greatly. My prayers are with the family

Posted at 07:40pm

Maye and family, Richard and I are so very sorry for your loss. Boe was a wonderful person. He was kind and always willing to help anyone. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.
May God Bless, Richard and Beth Wilson

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Posted at 03:12pm
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Jessica Lynn

Posted at 10:48pm
Mr Boe was one of my mom's good friends and he's knew me as I have grown up, I'm going to miss him coming in Larry's Pizza asking for sunflower seeds knowing he ain't supposed to have them. My heart goes out for the family.

Jack L. Lock

Posted at 09:19pm
I met Boe back in the late 70s when he was a Marine recruiter and I guess he was the first Marine I ever met in person and I was impressed how he presented himself. I then met up with him again in the mid eighties and beyond on different law enforcement functions. He treated everyone with respect and honesty. I believe that is why everyone respected and admired him. He will be greatly missed. Prayers to the family and especially Kim, your dad was a great man.

April Via-Grinstead Posted at 12:16pm

Prayers for the family! My husband and I always enjoyed visiting with Mrs maye and boe at lybrands in white hall. Boe always made us smile with his stories and he always treated us like family he will be missed. April and Robert Grinstead

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