In 1949, Lawson’s father-in-law, H.P. Clements, opened a bank and named it the Bank of Ray City. Mr. Hod P. Clements and Lawson Fountain operated the state chartered bank until Mr. Clements was forced to retire due to ill health. Then Lawson Fountain served as President of the bank.
In 1959, Lawson Fountain served on the City Council of Ray City.
From a 1973 bank newsletter:
Lawson Fountain returned from Jacksonville, Florida to his hometown in 1956 and helped start the Bank of Ray City. He continued his banking career with the Citizens Bank after it purchased The Bank of Ray City.
” I have always enjoyed banking,” Lawson said, ” and knowing just about everybody in this area is an added pleasure in my work. People like banking at home because it saves out-of-town trips for banking services. We are open five days a week from 9 until 4, and the drive-in opens at 8:30 every morning.”
Lawson is married to the former Mildred Clements, and they both grew up in Ray City. Their only son, James, now lives in Oregon.
Fishing is Lawson’s favorite pastime, and he said he enjoys the many good fishing places around Ray City.
The Fountains are active in Ray City United Methodist Church.
Lawson Fountain’s knowledge of the people and their needs in the Ray City area adds a personal touch to banking at the Bank of Ray City Office of the Citizens Bank.
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