Joel Franklin Fletcher, Sr
December 26, 1936 – October 11, 2020
A native Atlantan, Joel was born December 26, 1936 at Georgia Baptist Hospital to his parents Frank Amos Fletcher and Catherine Causey Fletcher. Joel passed away peacefully October 11, 2020 at Redmond Hospital in Rome, GA. His mother died in childbirth and when Joel was seven his father re-married and Annette Marie Fletcher become a wonderful life-long step-mother. Joel grew up in the North Decatur area and graduated from Druid Hills High School. He was an athlete in high school in both football, track and cross-country. He attended North Georgia College for two years and graduated from Georgia State University in 1961 with a double major in history and English. He graduated from Atlanta Law School in 1966 earning an LLB degree. Joel worked in the insurance industry for forty-two years, the last twenty of which he founded and operated Fletcher Insurance Agency in Gwinnett County. Upon retiring from insurance, Joel turned his photography hobby into a second career as a portrait and wedding photographer, which he enjoyed for eleven years. During retirement Joel tried writing and published two books which were well received. Joel had several other books that were not yet completed. He was a lifelong student of literature, history, theology, and music. Along with his beloved wife of 60 years, Joel and Mary Jean lived in Rome, GA for 16 years where they enjoyed its many cultural and educational opportunities. He was a member of Rome First Baptist Church serving on several committees and especially loved being a part of the O.M. Cates Sunday School Class known as the “Scrap Iron Class”. Joel played violin with Rome’s Capitoline Ensemble and saxophone with Seven Hills New Horizon Band for four years. Joel developed his musical abilities after retirement. Over the years Joel served in the Georgia State Defense Force, a branch of the Army National Guard, several civic organizations, historical societies, and the Northeast Georgia Civil War Roundtable. He was also a past board member of the DeKalb Association of Life Underwriters. Joel’s happiest times were with his beloved family and he enjoyed golf, boating, fishing, and dear friends. He was an avid reader of literature, history, and theology. He took his Christian faith seriously completing a 4 year study of theology offered through the University of the South, Suwanee, entitled Education for Ministry. Joel was a true “Southern Gentlemen”. To know him was to love him. Joel is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Mary Jean Callaway Fletcher; Son, Joel Franklin Fletcher, Jr. (Heather); Daughter, Joellen Fletcher O’Neill (Peter); Grandchildren, Evan and Olivia Fletcher, Claire and John O’Neill; Brother-in-law, Spencer Callaway (Gisela); Niece, Christina Noulis (David); Nephew, Daniel Callaway (Lea); Great-niece, Abigail Noulis; and many beloved cousins. A private family inurnment and grave-side service will be conducted Saturday, October 17, 2020 at Westview Cemetery in Atlanta Georgia. In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to First Baptist Church, Rome, P.O. Box 1189, Rome, GA 30162; Samaritans Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607; or Salvation Army P.O. Box 5188, Rome, GA 30162 The family would like to express special gratitude to the Rome Cancer Center, especially Dr. Dilawar Kahn, Harbin Clinic; Dr. Barrett Gilbert, Dr. Shalini Reddy; Redmond Hospital's Cardiac Care Unit, second and third floor staff; and Chattanooga Hospice. Daniel's Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.
Private Family Inurnment
Joel Franklin Fletcher, Sr
October 13, 2020
Dear Fletchers and friends of Joel:
It has been a blessing to get to know Joel and Mary Jean over the last several years. Even though Joel is a second cousin to my late mother, Ouida Dickey, I did not know him or lovely MJ until they moved to my hometown, Rome, GA.
I have spent my pleasant times with them over the years, whether in their home or at Mother's house. I am grateful for the opportunity to have known Joel and to share his passion for history and genealogy. I will miss you, Cousin Joel!
So sorry for our collective loss,
October 12, 2020
Jay and I are saddened by your loss . We were lucky to be able to get to know Joel through our sister in law Joellen and enjoyed meeting him at family events when we were able to make it to Georgia . We enjoyed talking to him about his interest in history. We send our deepest condolences .