James Everett Fletcher

August 14, 1926
- December 02, 2010

MILO - James Everett Fletcher, 84, died peacefully Dec. 2, 2010, surrounded by his loving family at his home. He was born Aug. 14, 1926, in Brownville Junction, to James and Lottie (Greene) Fletcher. He was married to his high school sweetheart and soul mate, Shirley Hodgson, for 64 years; they raised two daughters. Jim was educated in Brownville Junction schools and was very proud of his Junction roots. He was a dedicated employee at CP Rail from his teen years until his retirement, where he was dispatcher, telegrapher and station agent. He loved his collection of CP Rail memorabilia and trains. Jim was a loyal New York Yankees fan his entire life, and relished the lively discussions he would have living in Red Sox country. In earlier years, Jim enjoyed summers with family and friends at Schoodic Lake. He and his wife spent his retirement traveling on bus tours, snowbirding in Myrtle Beach, S.C., with their friends, and spending time with their children and grandchildren. His many hobbies included growing an extensive garden, making homemade pickles, golfing, woodworking and visiting Civil War historical sites. He was a member of United Methodist churches and Masonic orders in Brownville and Milo, and Order of Railroad Telegraphers. Jim was very proud of, and felt he had the most wonderful family. Although his presence will be deeply missed, he has left the family with a lifetime of memories that will be cherished forever. His family will remember him as a loving and dedicated husband, father and grandfather. In addition to his wife, Shirley, he is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Diane and Robert Abrams of Cutler and Nancy and Wallace Russell of Brownville; nine grandchildren, Becky Widen and husband, Kurt, Matthew Grant and wife, Tara, Jill Morey and husband, Ben, Adam Grant, Kerri Wiles and husband, Brian, Nick Abrams and wife, Jessica, Megan Dean and husband, Justin, Rob Abrams and wife, Caitlin, and Molly Abrams; nine great-grandchildren, Noah, Justin and Isaiah Widen, Jude and Gabriel Grant, Carly and Nealie Morey, and Lucy and Eve Wiles; a special sister, Helen Cobb and her daughter, Donna Cobb and husband, Larry, all of Brownville Junction; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents; brothers, Danny and George; and two sisters, Etta and Hazel. The family extends a special thanks to Dr. Susan Luthin and the staff at Sebasticook Family Practice, Dover-Foxcroft. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, at United Methodist Church, Brownville Junction, officiated by the Rev. Isaac Leshy Paynter, with a reception afterward. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Ronald McDonald House of Bangor, 654 State St., Bangor, ME 04401. Arrangements are in the care of Lary Funeral Home. Messages of condolence and memories may be expressed at www.laryfuneralhome.com.

Published in Bangor Daily News on December 4, 2010

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