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James Ray Fletcher
February 1, 1960 ~ September 12, 2023 (age 63) 63 Years Old
James Ray Fletcher, also known as ‘Fletcher’ to those near to him, was born on February 1, 1960, in Liberty County, Texas, to the late Jewel Ethel Willaby and the late James Nathan Fletcher, and passed peacefully on September 12, 2023.
He grew up around the Houston area and laid down roots in New Caney, Texas, where he met his wife, Wanda Fletcher, working for the same company; him on the cranes and her in accounting. He began his career as an iron worker when he was 15 (but told them he was 17 so they’d hire him), and later moved to Dallas and joined the Crocker family. He worked for Crocker Crane for over 30 years. In 1992, the family moved to Avinger, where he would later build his forever home on 63 acres of tall pines, surrounded by the sounds of nature. This would be his final resting place.
James is survived by his beautiful wife, Wanda, and four children, Aaron Fletcher of Fairfield, Texas; Larry Carter of Edna; Texas, Jennifer Floyd, and husband Kenny, of Kilgore,Texas, and Lamonte Baukman of Avinger, Texas. Grandkids, Austin, Brianna, Landen, Alicia, and Rhoen.
He built two families in his 63 years of life; one on the home front, and one in Dallas. He spoke of so many of you throughout the years, sharing stories of laughter and friendships made. He will be deeply missed by so many.
“Dad, your talent with iron was nothing short of an art form. At least we know God’s got a good hand to call on when the pearly gates need repair. See you soon.”
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, September 30th from 12pm-2pm at his home in Avinger, Texas.