Funeral services will be at 3:00 pm Saturday March 30, 2019 at Glencoe-Hokes Bluff Chapel, for Phillip Fletcher, age 85, of Ball Play, who passed away on Wednesday March 27, 2019. Rev. Mark Gidley will officiate. Burial will follow at Union #3 Cemetery. Glencoe-Hokes Bluff Funeral Home and Cemetery is in charge of services.
Phillip was a 1951 graduate of Hokes Bluff High School where he lettered in football. He was a member of Croft Ferry Baptist Church. In his younger years he was a boxer in the Gadsden Boxing Club-Golden Gloves and he played American Legion baseball. At 18 years old he went to Detroit to work at a car plant for a short time. After that he went into the Army “101st Air-born” during the Korean Conflict.. Afterwards he attended Trade School where he got an associate degree as a diesel Mechanic. He worked for the Alabama Power Plant in Gadsden. He worked for the Federal Government Bureau of Prisons for 20 years, next he went to work for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company for 11 years where he retired from the Power House. He was one of the Fletcher Brothers, who are in the Alabama and Georgia Bluegrass Hall of Fame. He played around the Southeast and also with a band called “A Touch of Blue Grass” of Montgomery, Alabama. After retiring from Goodyear he operated a small sawmill for many years. One of his favorite sayings was “when the going gets tough, the tough gets going”. When he was sick he wouldn’t show it, when he was hurt you wouldn’t know it. He was kind, selfless, and loving. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather.
He is preceded in death by his wife Sue Smith Fletcher; parents: Colonel and Ruth Fletcher; brother: James Fletcher.
He is survived by his children: Darlene (Danny) Coffelt, Julie (Steve) Watson, Barry (Ronda) Fletcher, James (Lynette) Fletcher, and Forrest Fletcher (Nicole Lukima); grandchildren: Deidre (Johnny) Taylor, Jana (Nathan) Bryant, Wesley Coffelt, Britanie (Mark) Salierno, Carson (Sumer) Watson, Jacob Watson, Jennifer Fletcher, Nolan Fletcher, Jesicca (John) Greenhalgh,, Cindy Farmer , Ashton Faith Davis, Triston Smith Fletcher; 19 great grandchildren; brothers: Frank Fletcher, and Glenn Fletcher and a host of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be family and friends.
Special thanks to Amedysis Hospice, Angela Payne, Randi Green and caretaker Susan King.
Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to Croft Ferry Baptist Church.
The family will receive friends Saturday at the funeral home from 1 to 3 pm.
Condolences may be offered at www.ghbfuneralhome.com