George Henry Fletcher, 90, of Rachel, died Friday (April 29, 2016) at Fairmont Regional Medical Center.
He was born June 3, 1925, in Sunshine, a son of the late Warren Curtis "Buck" Fletcher and Ellen (Beuglass) Fletcher.
He is survived by three children, Ed Fletcher of Friendly and friend Monica Knight, Carol Jones and husband Danny of Fairmont and Diane Swiger and husband Robin of Grantown; two granddaughters, Sherrie McDaniel and husband Bill of Jonesborough, Tennessee, and Jennifer Parker and George Butler of Fairmont; step-granddaughter, Sabrina Turcotte and husband Michael of Grantown; great-grandsons, Malik Kinzer, Donaven Kinzer, Malichi Parker, Julius Butler and Elijah McDaniel; step-great-grandson, Chase Eppenbaugh; great-granddaughter, Holly Lindner of Jonesborough; step-great-granddaughters, Katelyn Eppenbaugh and Faith Turcotte; great-great-granddaughter, Kylee Linder; great-great-grandsons, Benjamin Lindner and Liam Lindner; two brothers, Ed Fletcher of Elanger, Kentucky, and Bob Fletcher of Warren, Ohio; and a sister, Betty Napalo of Rachel (with whom he made his home).
In addition to his parents, George was preceded in death by his wife, Pauline (Jolliffe) Fletcher, whom he married Aug. 17, 1946, in Mannington, and she passed June 18, 2001; a son, George Henry "Buddy" Fletcher Jr.; an infant great-granddaughter, Danika Parker; five brothers, Curt, Bill, John, Jim and Joe Fletcher; and four sisters, Lottie Lapinsky, Sarah Watson, Dorothy Fletcher and Helen Hawthorne Baker.
George served in the U.S. Marine Corps during Iwo Jima and the Pacific Theatre. He was a member of the UMWA, having worked at Joanne mines in Rachel, where he retired from when it closed. He was a member of the Joanne Sportsman Club, the American Legion in Mannington and the Marion County Senior Citizens. He loved fishing and hunting, stamp collecting and going to auctions. George had to quit school in the eighth grade to help support his family.
Family and friends may call from 2-8 p.m. today at Masters Funeral Home, Mannington. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home with the Rev. William E. McDaniel officiating. Full military rites will be accorded by the U.S. Marine Corps and the Marion County Veterans Council. Interment will follow at Viewpoint Cemetery in Rachel.
Online condolences may be left at www.mastersfuneralhomewv.com.
Published on April 30, 2016