Jack Morris Fletcher
MOULTRIE, GA. -- Jack Morris Fletcher, 96, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 3, at Haven Hospice in Gainesville, Florida, after a short period of failing health. Loving family members were by his side.
The family will receive guests on Saturday, February 9, 1:00-2:00 PM, at Cobb Funeral Chapel, 2441 Camilla Highway, Moultrie, Georgia. A funeral service, with military honors will be held 2:00PM Saturday, February 9, 2019 at Cobb Funeral Chapel to celebrate Jack's life with the Rev. Wayne Woods officiating.
Casketbearers will be Jon Fletcher, Isaac Fletcher, Michael Christie, Robert Beaver, Andy Valladon and Maury Jackson.
Jack was born on April 17, 1922, to Wiley Morris and Katye Maye Fletcher in Moultrie, Georgia, where he lived until he enlisted in the US Air Force in 1943 as a commissioned officer.
He was a P-51 Mustang ace fighter pilot in World War II and the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross, a military decoration awarded for heroism and extraordinary achievement. He also was awarded the WWII Victory Medal, the AF Air Medal for heroism and meritorious achievement, the EAME Euro-African-Middle Eastern campaign medal, and occupation medal (Germany). After the war, Jack served as a test pilot at Muroc Army Air Field and was also a performance pilot for Air Force flight exhibitions. He later served as a flight instructor contracted by the US Army. He logged over 20,000 flight hours during his remarkable career.
Jack met and married the love of his life, Sally Faye Alderman, of Adel, Georgia, in 1949. They lived in numerous locations until Jack's retirement in 1983. They then returned to Moultrie where they were active members of First Baptist Church and stayed busy with various creative hobbies. Upon the loss of his wife of 67 years in 2016, Jack moved to Lake Butler, Florida to reside with his son and daughter-in-law and be near his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a cherished part of their life during the three years he spent with them.
In addition to his wife and parents, Jack was preceded in death by his brother, Earl Fletcher, and sister, Wyley Maye Gibbs. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Gail and Robert Beaver, as well as his son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Elaine Fletcher. Jack had two grandchildren, Jon Fletcher and Kelly Fletcher Christie, and three great-grandchildren: Klara and Isaac Fletcher and Mia Christie.
Jack's family thought of him as their personal living history book. They loved hearing countless and often repeated stories about his amazing career, including play-by-plays of every air battle he ever fought. They also enjoyed learning about the speed, agility, and engine specifications of every automobile he ever owned. He entertained the family with his strong opinions about politics, world events, religion, the economy, and pretty much any other topic that was brought up in lengthy chats around the dinner table following every family meal. Each story he told and discussion he led was a lesson in integrity, patriotism, faith, perseverance and the high standards held by one of the few remaining members of America's greatest generation.
His loved ones valued and will always remember his big smile, contagious laugh, sharp wit, compassionate heart, encouraging praise, and the Christ-centered example he demonstrated in everyday life.
In lieu of flowers, Jack would have wanted you to honor his memory by contributing to your favorite charity, spending time with your family, or helping someone less fortunate than yourself.
Cobb Funeral Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements.
Please sign the guestbook at www.cobbfuneralchapel.com.
Published on February 5, 2019


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