Birth: Jan. 15, 1934
Death: Oct. 27, 2012
Rev. Dr. Henry C. Fletcher passed away Saturday, October 27, 2012. The Ironton, Ohio native was born January 15, 1934.
He was preceded in death by
his parents, W. Bradley Fletcher and Elizabeth "Bessie" Jones Fletcher;
former wife, Barbara Ann Bass Fletcher;
brothers, Earl, Bill, and Stan Fletcher;
three infant brothers.
He was a minister and Pastor of the Baptist faith for more than 50 years.
He attended and graduated from Ironton public schools, Tri-State Bible College, and Bethany Theological Seminary where he obtained his Doctorate of Ministry degree.
He also attended Ohio University and Marshall University.
He was a professional boxer nicknamed "Hank" in the featherweight class and well known throughout the tri-state in the 1940-50's. He was not only a regional boxing champion, but also a champion in New York City's Madison Square Garden. He was a member of the Ringside Brothers Boxing Club in Huntington, West Virginia.
After boxing, he joined the United States Air Force and then was called into the ministry pastoring several churches in the region.
He served as Moderator of the Providence Regular Missionary Baptist Association for eleven years.
Dr. Fletcher was an active participant in the early years of the Community Action Organization and an ardent campaigner for the Civil Rights Movement.
He is survived by two brothers, Joe Louis (Betty) Fletcher, Sr., of Ironton, Ohio and Charles Robert (Vivian) Fletcher of Dayton, Ohio;four children, April Majors of South Point, Melony (Ronald) Howard of Bradenton, Fla, Brian (Tami) Fletcher of South Point, Valerie (Danny) Johnson of South Point; special grandson, Ryan Henry "Hank" Fletcher;
eight other grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren;
a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral service at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Ironton, OH with Rev. Damion Snead officiating.
Interment in Woodland Cemetery with military rites conducted by VFW Post #8850.