Fletcher Louis Estes was born December 19, 1935 in Danbury, North Carolina. On Tuesday, March 10, 2020 he heard the Master’s Voice saying, “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Fletcher peacefully made his transition.
Fletcher was predeceased by his parents, Otis Estes and Emma Benton; brothers, Paul and Grant Estes; and his “Loving Wife” of 61 years, Bertha Estes.
Fletcher served over 30 years in the military, in the US Navy with both active and reserve duty, where he retired as a First Class Electrician’s Mate. Fletcher received numerous awards while in the Navy which included; National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, w/3 Bronze Stars, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. He was also a member of the fire team at NAS Oceana.
Fletcher was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, and playing softball, as well as supporting his favorite football team, the “Oakland Raiders”!
Fletcher was a member of St. Mark AME Church Virginia Beach where he supported his church with his time, talent and treasure. For many years he taught the Adult Sunday School Class, and served as a member of the Male Usher Board as well as the Men’s Fellowship, where he served as Chaplin. He also served as a trustee for over twenty years.
Fletcher leaves to cherish his memory his daughter, Dianna L. Estes of Virginia Beach, Virginia; two loving grandchildren, Lisa Anne Christian and Emmanuel Jay Christian, both of Virginia Beach, Virginia; goddaughter, Monica M. Miller; and a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, extended family, friends, and caring neighbors.
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