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Charles "Poppa Charlie" Alfred Fletcher

December 23, 1935 ~ February 11, 2024 (age 88) 88 Years Old

Charles "Poppa Charlie" Fletcher Obituary

Charles Alfred Fletcher passed away on Sunday, February 11, 2024. He was born in Kingsport, Tennessee, December 23, 1935 to the late Charles Leonard and Mildred Kiehl Fletcher. Mr. Fletcher was educated in the public schools of Kingsport and later graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree. After College, he served as an officer in the United States Army Chemical Corps. In 1959 he began work as a design engineer with the Tennessee Eastman Company in Kingsport, TN. In 1967 he was transferred to Carolina Eastman Co. where he worked as an engineer, production supervisor and management trainer before retiring in 1990. During his early professional career, he married his childhood sweetheart, Geraldine (Gerry) Carmichael and together they raised three sons: Scott Charles, David Michael, and Matthew Kiehl. He taught them all how to build, camp, fish, fix, hike, hunt, love, pray, and worship Jesus Christ whom he well knew as his personal Savior.

As a churchman, he served Christ with many gifts including encouragement, leadership, teaching, and giving in several local parishes around the Midlands including: All Saints Episcopal Church, Cayce; St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Lexington; Church of the Apostles, Anglican Church, Columbia; and finished his earthly ministry at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Irmo, SC. He was a true friend to many.

Mr. Fletcher was active in hiking and conservation organizations including the Appalachian Trail Club, Sierra Club, Palmetto Trails Club, Nature Conservancy, North American Fishing Club and the Cousteau Society. He was also active in community organizations including Boy Scouts of America, United Way of the Midlands, Boy’s Clubs of America, West Columbia Kiwanis Club.

Surviving are his beloved wife, Gerry; sons,  Scott (Dawn) of Greenville, SC, David (Joy) of Cayce, SC, and Matthew (Page) of Cayce, SC; six grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren, who lovingly call him “Poppa Charlie.”

Mr. Fletcher was predeceased in glory by his sister, Sarah Jane Morrow.

A memorial service will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 17, 2024 at Mount Olive Lutheran Church. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be sent to Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 1541 Lake Murray Blvd, Columbia, SC 29212. Barr-Price Funeral Home and Crematorium, Lexington Chapel is assisting the family.


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Memorial Service
February 17, 2024

11:00 AM
Mt. Olive Lutheran Church
1541 Lake Murray Blvd.
Irmo, SC 29063


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