Born April 8, 1925, in Gideon, son of the late Louis Bennett and Marie McComb Fletcher, he was a U.S. Air Force Veteran, having served in WWII and a graduate of Gideon High School and the University of Missouri. He served on the Gideon School Board, served as supervisor for the Little River Drainage District, he worked for Fletcher's Gin and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Malden, Mo.
On June 8, 1947, in Russellville, Ky., he married Maxine duBarry, who preceded him in death on July 2, 2005.
Survivors include two sons, James Fletcher, Jr., and wife, Cynthia, of Savannah, Ga., and Carter Fletcher, of Gideon; one brother, Jack Fletcher, of Gideon; one sister, Marian English, of Fulton, Mo., and seven grandchildren, Sarah, Abigail, James Samuel, Allison, Angela, Emily and Lucy Fletcher.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., today, Wednesday, Aug. 30, at the Bradshaw Funeral Home in Malden.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 31, at the First Presbyterian Church in Malden with the Rev. Bob Phillips officiating.
Burial with military rites will follow in the Memorial Gardens Cemetery at Kennett.
Memorials may be made to the Fallen Hero Fund.