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Fred Gerald Fletcher

January 12, 1931 — February 8, 2023

Fletcher, Fred Gerald, beloved husband, father, grandfather, son

and brother, passed away in Fayetteville, Ga. on Wednesday, Feb. 8,

2023 at the age of 92. Fred was born on January 12, 1931, in Carroll

County, Ga, to the late Grady Franklin Fletcher and Grace Camp Fletcher.

He attended Tech High and O'Keefe High School in

Atlanta, and proudly served in the United States Navy, active duty and

reserves. He attended Georgia State University and graduated in

1959 with a B.A. degree in Business Administration. Fred worked for the City of

Atlanta in the finance department, worked briefly for Shell Oil in New

Orleans, then continued to work for the City of Atlanta until his

retirement, as the Director of the Bureau of Airport Administration and

Planning at Hartsfield International Airport, under Mayor Maynard


During his retirement years, Fred worked for two local beverage

distributorships and later, earned his real estate license, working with

commercial real estate companies and in residential real estate with

Karofotias Realty. He served as Deacon Chairman at Clairmont Hills

Baptist Church (now Bridgepoint Church at Toco Hills) and served for

many years as an enthusiastic volunteer, helping in the kitchen and

attending mission trips.

Fred met the love of his life, Betty Jo Payne, in 1945, and they

married on Nov. 3, 1950, at the Baptist Tabernacle in Atlanta. Fred

loved his family and friends dearly and valued time together,

organizing golf days with buddies, barbecued ribs dinners with his

siblings, and nights playing cards with other couples.

He and Betty were ardent collectors of antiques and traveled the

backroads, seeking the next refinishing project. Fred never met a

stranger and spoke to nearly everyone in his path. He loved to share a

story, pray for a hurt or listen to a tale and he admired a well-planned

prank. Fred was a good, good friend to many.

He will be remembered as smart and witty, caring and wise, and a

true lover of people, American History, and his Christian faith. And let it

be known, no one has driven a cut-through on the back roads of old

Atlanta with more expertise. Fred Fletcher leaves an irreplaceable

void in the hearts of those who knew him. In addition to his wife, Betty,

and two children Jody Kitchen and Dana Chitwood (Dirk), Fred is

survived by his Grandchildren, Beau Fulton (Sharilyn), Anna Fulton

Kemp (Ross), Alex Kitchen and Sarah Kitchen; brother Buddy Fletcher

(Marsha); his sister Barbara Sue Haller; many nephews and nieces;

and more friends and colleagues than one could count.

In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation to God's Eyes Inc, a

charity he loved to support. Services will be

Saturday, February 11th at A.S. Turner & Sons Funeral Home in

Decatur, GA at 11:00AM. Arrangements by A.S. Turner & Sons.

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Saturday, February 11, 2023

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

A. S. Turner & Sons Funeral Home & Crematory

2773 North Decatur Road, Decatur, GA 30033

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