A Life Remembered – James Ball Fletcher

Remembering the death of someone I never knew may seem a little strange, but it’s an opportunity to honor someone who had a lot to do with my being here today.

James Ball Fletcher has been the topic of several posts on this blog. (See Happy 133rd Anniversary, Third Time’s the Charm, and My Great Grandparents for a photo.)

Today, 3 February, marks the date of his death in 1927.  In a conversation with my parents in April 1994, Mr. Harry Wells, who was 82 years old at the time, “observed that ‘Mr. Jim’ was a shouting Methodist.”[1]

A Confederate veteran who served 11 months at the end of the war in Co. F of the 10th Florida Regiment, James B. Fletcher was discharged at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, and received a pension from the state of Florida. The WPA Veterans Graves Registration is the only document I’ve been able to find so far that states his death date and burial place.

His grave marker can be seen at O’Brien Cemetery in Suwannee County, Florida.  His tombstone epitaph reads:

To him we trust a place is given

Among the saints with Christ in heaven

[1] Damato, Ray and Audrey Dukes Damato. As Much As We Know … About the Fletchers and the Lees. Self published,1995. Print.

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