Kyle “Tooter” Fletcher, 90, of Slidell, died Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, in Slidell.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the First Baptist Church in Slidell with the Rev. Bobby Cates and Gerre Joiner officiating, along with his grandson Eric Fletcher. Burial will be in Slidell Cemetery under the direction of Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be David Wilson, Jack Sandford, Wes Fowler, Glen Cassidy, Johnny Zuniga, Strike Franklin, Danny Taylor and Bodie Cole. Honorary pallbearers are Charles Montgomery, Steve Balthrop, Ronnie Hickerson, Reggie Hickerson, Bert Pruett, Bill Davis, Bill Taylor and Steve Pruett.
Tooter was born Sept. 15, 1923, in Slidell to James Hugh and Myrtle Mae (Amyx) Fletcher. He married Mayme Lou Lasater June 26, 1943, in Fort Worth.
Tooter enlisted in the U.S. Army, 7th Army 3rd Division in 1944. He was trained at Fort Hood and was deployed overseas to Germany and France where he entered into combat during World War II. Tooter received the Campaign Ribbon with three Bronze Stars, Bronze Star 3rd Infantry Division, Good Conduct Medal, Army of Occupation Medal-Germany, Victory Ribbon and three overseas service bars, Combat Infantry Man badge, Army Presidential outstanding unit citation with two Bronze Clusters, the French Four Ragere, along with others.
Upon his return home, Tooter went into the feed and trucking business. He was owner of Fletcher Feed Mill and Trucking for 63 years.
He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Mayme Lou Fletcher; son Tim Fletcher and wife, Darlene; grandsons Eric Fletcher and wife, Brandy, and Chris Fletcher and wife, Courtney; granddaughters Camille Franklin and Bridget Knight and husband, David, all of Slidell; great-grandsons Halen, Jaxsyn, Zhakry and Bralyn Fletcher; great-granddaughters Camryn and Carley Franklin, Mylee and Macklyn Fletcher and Kynslee Knight; sister Bobbie Ruth Cantrell of Gainesville; foster son’s wife, Maurine Lovejoy and children, Weldon Lovejoy and Dana Kilburn and her son, Tyler.
Tooter was preceded in death by his parents; brothers G.H., Hugh D. and Jack Fletcher; sisters Hazel Fletcher, Juanell Schertz and Wanda Wood; and foster son Wayne Lovejoy.
Memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 E. 33rd St., New York, NY 10016, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, NY 10163 or to the charity of choice.