Rinehart & Sons
Charley Ray Fletcher
Clewiston, Florida‚--Charley Ray Fletcher, 75, of Clewiston, Florida, died July 25, 2019, at 11:24 p.m. surrounded by his loving family following a courageous battle with cancer.
He was a lifelong resident of Clewiston, graduating from Clewiston High School Class of 1963. He owned and operated his own auto mechanic business for many years, often saying that, if it hadn’t been for the Ford Motor Company, his family would have gone hungry. He retired from the city of Clewiston in 2015 after 15 years of making sure the golf carts were mechanically sound and the greens were well-maintained. He took pride in every job he ever had, no matter how big or how small, his family said.
He was born on Sept. 22, 1943, in Meigs, but when he was 1, his family moved to Clewiston. Except for the seven years he lived in Georgia, Clewiston would remain his home.
He was an active member of Clewiston Gospel Ministries, right up until his health declined. He was a very spiritual man, his family said and his personal relationship with the Lord will forever influence the lives of any and all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Montine Fletcher; a sister, Shirley Cotton; a nephew, Dewayne Cotton; a sister-in-law, Dianne Fletcher; and a grandson, James Ray Sewell.
He leaves behind his loving and devoted wife of 36 years, Marlin Fletcher; daughters, Debi (Edward) Smith of Clewiston, Cindy (Raul) Valdez of Jesup, Pam Fletcher and her significant other, Lois Mullen, of Fort Myers, Florida, Karen (Donny) Shaw of Clewiston, and Leann (Jeremy) Pilarski of North Port, Florida; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Ronald Fletcher of Lewiston; and a sister, Faye (Junior) Dixon of Clewiston; a sister-in-law, Donna (Monte) Montgomery, and her three children; and seven grandchildren of Screven, whom he loved as His own grandchildren. He was without a doubt their papa, and he loved his babies, big or small,” his family said. He is also survived by a special nephew and niece, Stevie and Tammy Cotton, of Clewiston; a host of other family and friends; and the mother of his four girls, Ann Lowery, of Clewiston.
A celebration of his life was held July 30 at Clewiston Gospel Ministries, where Brother Jim Yates officiated.
Graveside services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in Screven City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial donations to the American Cancer Society made in Charley Ray Fletcher’s name.
Akin-Davis Funeral Home in Clewiston is in charge of the Florida arrangements, and Rinehart Funeral Home is in charge of the Georgia arrangements.