Roosevelt Lett, better known as “Goat”, was born in Tunnel Springs, Alabama on April 1st, 1932 to Ed and Mary Lee Fountain-Lett. He was the eldest of their three children and the oldest grandchild of Anthony and Luella.
During Goat’s formative years, he was raised by his grandparents (Anthony and Luella) with their children. Not uncommon in those days, Goat was older than two of his uncles (Scott and Tea) and one of his aunts (Carrie Dell); and was the same age as his Uncle Arto. He worked in the fields, had chores and got “whippings” just like them. But he hated whippings. One night he slept outdoors and in the woods to avoid being whipped by his grandfather. Because he was a little chubby as a kid and well known for doing his uncles’ chores in exchange for their food, his grandfather gave him the nickname Fat Sam.
Goat attended Rosenwald Jr. High School until he was approximately 12-13 years old when he moved to Pensacola to live with his parents and two younger siblings; Arzella and Curtis. In Pensacola, Goat attended Washington Senior High School until he was in the 10th grade. He dropped out of school like many of his male cousins during those days to work in construction.
Goat never received any formal education or training but taught himself brick masonry, was excellent at his craft and later established his own company – Lett’s Mason Construction. His hard work, determination to be his own boss and business savvy allowed him to run a successful business for 20 years. In the late 1960s, Goat fell in love and married Brenda Irby , and three beautiful daughters were brought into their union.
Well liked and widely known within the Fountain Family, Goat had a speech impediment (tie-tongued) and a great sense of humor. People were drawn to him, and the house that he purchased in the early 1980s called the “Hut” became a very popular spot for his friends and family to congregate. Goat loved life and people, and helped a lot of people along the way.
Goat’s life came to an end on June 12, 2009. He was 77 years old. He was survived by seven children; Latina, Jeneria, Rosalind, Eddie (Butch), Jenean, Tabatha and Carla. He also had twenty grandchildren and three great-grandchildren when he made his transition. His legacy of hard work, determination and love of life continues to live on in all of them.
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