Carrol Laray Fletcher, 73, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., was lifted into the arms of His loving Savior Monday, October 10, 2016 at St. Francis Hospital in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Surrounded by his loved ones, he accomplished a peaceful home going. He had been in declining health due to congestive heart failure this past year. This strong, hardworking father, Papaw, brother, uncle, and husband was loved by many, but became too weak to continue on his earthly journey.

Carrol was born August 29, 1943 in J Y, Missouri in New Madrid County and attended Essex Gray Ridge Schools. He enlisted in US Army in 1962 and served on active duty until May 1965. He served in the Army National Guard in the 206th Maintenance Company in Poplar Bluff, where he retired in 2003. He was employed by Roberts Plumbing for over 30 years until his retirement in 2006. He was of the Baptist Faith.

Carrol never met a stranger and was always willing to help others. He loved gardening and bowling, where he was a member of the Poplar Bluff Bowling Association for 40 years, a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan, and an avid fisherman who insisted the fish were always spawning for him.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Fletcher of Poplar Bluff, son, Christopher Fletcher of Belleville, MI, son, Casey Fletcher, of Poplar Bluff, and daughter, Stephanie Fletcher of Clearwater, FL. He has two grandchildren, Adrian Felder and Dacey Fletcher. He also has two surviving sisters, Glenda Johnson and Karren Eyrich, both of Winter Haven, FL. He loved, and was loved by his large, extended family with a passion.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Audrey Fletcher; brothers, James “Buddy” Fletcher, Ronnie Fletcher and Wayne Fletcher. In addition two sisters, Barbara Felker and Brenda Williamson also preceded him.

Visitation will be Friday evening, October 14, 2016 from 6 to 8 pm.  at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff.  The funeral will held Saturday October 15, 2016 at 10am in the chapel with Todd Allen officiating. Interment to follow in the Poplar Bluff City Cemetery with full military rites.

In Lieu of flowers the family requests donations to SEMO National Guard Reunion Fund c/o Cecil Brake, 2006 Lowery, Poplar Bluff, MO, or the SEMO Sportsman Association who sponsor the annual Fish and Fun day for children c/o Randy Daves, 497 CR 410, Poplar Bluff, MO