David B. Fletcher

Published 8:03 am Monday, April 8, 2024

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June 12, 1939 – March 25, 2024

David Breckenridge Fletcher, 84, of Engelhard, passed peacefully at his home on Monday, March 25, 2024.

David was born in Washington DC on June 12, 1939, to the late John Stuart Fletcher, Commander, USN, (Ret) and Cabell Ducey Fletcher. He was married to the former Anita Fisher for fifty-seven years, who survives.

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David graduated from John A. Holmes High School, Edenton NC. As Co-Captain and tackle for the Edenton Aces football team, he and his team enjoyed “Gridiron Glory” as the Class A State Champions 1957-1958. He attended East Carolina University in Greenville, NC with summer employment as a seasonal Ranger at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. After teaching at Mattamuskeet School in Hyde County, he returned to Cape Hatteras National Seashore as the Park Ranger for Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands.

The family enjoyed living in the Chicamacomico Life Saving Station in Rodanthe, the Lighthouse Keeper’s Quarters on Ocracoke, and the Blue Ridge Parkway in Vinton, VA. Eventually choosing to leave the transient life they relocated to Ocracoke Island permanently. In those early years, he served as Fire Chief and Emergency Medical Technician and soon became a Law Enforcement Officer with the N.C. Marine Fisheries. For twenty-three years he was a friend and passionate advocate for commercial fishermen. He assisted the US Coast Guard with search and rescues and with his knowledge of the surrounding waters.

His retirement years were spent on the family farm in Lake Landing, NC where he enjoyed membership in the Engelhard Rotary Club, Southern Albemarle Association and ombudsman for the Cross Creek Nursing Home. He was a member and trustee of Watson’s Chapel Global Methodist Church and a board member of “Friends of Amity.”

“Dave” had many friends along the way. He was known for his easy-going personality and always had stories to make you laugh or calm a difficult situation. Having great respect and compassion for others, he never refused anyone needing help.

His legacy will be remembered.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, 2024, at Amity Methodist Church, 31655 US Hwy 264, Engelhard, NC with Pastor Jerald Craddock officiating. A private burial will take place at a later date.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters; Lamarr Fletcher Sallee (Greg) of Ocracoke, NC, and Molly Fletcher Hartmann (Edward) of Fischer, TX; a grandson, Walker Samuel Breckenridge Sallee; one brother, James Fletcher of Manns Harbor, NC; two half-brothers, Mark Pruden (Betty B.) and Dossey Pruden (Carlette) both of Edenton, NC. Nieces and nephews; John Fletcher (Dawn) of Greenville, NC, Donald Fletcher (Susan) of Charleston, SC, Ann-Cabell Baum of Raleigh, Inglis Walsh (Patrick) of New Bern, NC, Gibbs Baum of Melbourne Beach, FL, William Pruden of Edenton, NC, Manning Pruden and Caleb Pruden (Kat) of Raleigh, NC, Dossey Pruden of Edenton, NC, Carolista Pruden and Nissie Siler (Wesley) of Manns Harbor, NC.

He was preceded in death by his step-father, William D. “Billy” Pruden, brother John S. Fletcher II, sister, Carolista Baum, and half-brother, Christoper Pruden.

In Lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be sent to: Ocracoke Working Watermans Asso. P.O. Box 1689, Ocracoke NC 27960, www.ocracokewatermen.org, Ocracoke Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 332, Ocracoke, NC 27960 or Engelhard Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 296, Engelhard, NC 27824.

Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter.