HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Dr. Gerry Cadenhead Fletcher passed away unexpectedly July 22, 2013, at Forrest General Hospital, Hattiesburg, Miss.
She is survived by her husband, Col. Tyler Fletcher, Hattiesburg, Miss.; brother, Jim Cadenhead (Betsy), Marshall, Texas; sons, Desmond Fletcher (Stacy), Hattiesburg, Miss., Hugh Fletcher (Jane), Mountain View, Calif., Dr. Gardner Fletcher (Carol), Hattiesburg, Miss., and Tyler R. Fletcher, Salado, Texas; grandchildren, Dr. Devon Fletcher, Richmond, Va., Darcy Keel (Darren), Atlanta, Ga., Leslie Fletcher, San Francisco, Calif., Lindsey Fletcher, Los Angeles, Calif., Stephen Fletcher (Whitney), Hattiesburg, Miss., and Currie Fletcher, also of Hattiesburg, Miss.
Dr. Fletcher was born August 6, 1939, in Marshall, Texas. She earned degrees at Baylor University and the University of Colorado before completing her Ph.D. at The University of Texas
at Austin. A distinguished scholar, she was permanent president of her nursing class at Baylor, designated a distinguished alumnus of Baylor and a member of the Baylor Line, as well as a member of several honor societies. An avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys and collegiate athletics, she was a member of The University of Southern Mississippi Athletic Foundation board, as well as the Circle of Champions and the President's Circle.
Her work experience included nursing at the Baylor Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, and Vice President of Memorial Hospital in Gulfport, Miss. She was the first Dean of the College of Nursing at The University of Southern Mississippi, a position from which she retired in 2000.
In lieu of flowers, Gerry would be most pleased if gifts were made to The University of Southern Mississippi Athletic Foundation and the Baylor School of Nursing.
Graveside services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 27, 2013, at Block Cemetery in Marshall, Texas. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Friday, July 26, 2013, at Downs Funeral Home in Marshall, Texas. Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home in Hattiesburg, Miss., is in charge of the arrangements.