Fletcher Carl Derrick Jr.
1933 - 2020
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Fletcher Carl Derrick, Jr. M.D. Mt. Pleasant - Fletcher Carl Derrick Jr., M.D., 86, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, husband of Martha Langford Derrick, entered into eternal rest Monday, March 9, 2020. His funeral service will be held Friday, March 13, 2020 in First (Scots) Presbyterian Church, 53 Meeting St., at 2:00 p.m. Interment, Magnolia Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday in the J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Downtown Chapel, 232 Calhoun St. from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Fletcher was born August 24, 1933 in Edgefield County, South Carolina, son of the late Fletcher Carl Derrick Sr. and Ruby Ripley Derrick. He was born during the depression, and his parents lost their good jobs. They opened a small grocery store in Edgefield County and later moved to a larger store in Johnston, SC. Fletcher delivered groceries, picked peaches, packed peaches, worked in a mill, and worked with a newspaper printer. His mother said he went to Clemson selling peanuts on the street. He finished Johnston High School as President of his class, was in the Beta club, as well as played football and basketball. At Clemson University, he studied Textiles and then moved to Pre-Med. After that first year at Clemson, he hitchhiked across the country to California to help a young couple to build a house, which was the beginning of Habitat for Humanity. He loved adventure and helping people. At Clemson, he was the Deputy Regimental Commander in the ROTC; he also went to ROTC summer camp. He then got the call to come to Medical School after his 3rd year at Clemson. He immediately knew that he had found his calling in life. After his junior year, being a very religious young man, he helped his good friend, Bill Reames, lead a summer youth revival where Martha Langford was asked to play the organ and help with young people. There was no mistaking that they fell in love that week and were married the next summer for 63 years. During his senior year at the Medical University of South Carolina, he was a Lt. in the US Army. He then did his internship at Ft. Benning, GA. While there, he was recruited to be a covert courier for the US Army telling no one for 20 years - not even his wife. He traveled all over the world carrying orders and secret documents. He also carried cash to young GI's who were stationed in the field. He spent three years in Germany - one year as a surgeon for 8th division artillery in Baumholder, Germany where he accompanied the troops on field maneuvers, which he enjoyed very much. He then transferred to Landstuhl Army Hospital, which was the beginning of his urological career. Landstuhl was the Army Medical Center for Europe; he treated soldiers from all combat areas and traveled with them back to Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, DC. During the Cold War, his assignment was to go to East Germany as Commander of the Train bringing wounded from East Germany back to Landstuhl. In this capacity, he was gone for days, and no one knew where he was. At the end of this assignment, he was presented a certificate of excellence in the US Army by Colonel Wilfred Knobeloch who was a classmate of his wife's father at The Citadel. He then completed a urology residency at the Medical University of South Carolina and received an award as the Outstanding Resident. After completing his residency, he was on the faculty of MUSC, where he was on the team that initiated the Kidney Transplantation Program. He subsequently was Professor and Chairman of the Department of Urology at George Washington University from 1970-74; he was also an advisor to the Surgeon General of the Army. The family made a decision to return to Charleston, and he entered private practice with Dr. Raymond Rosenblum. Dr. Derrick and other urologists were instrumental in advancing urology care in both Roper and St. Francis hospitals. When Dr. Rosenblum retired, Derrick joined Lowcountry Urology Clinics. Dr. Derrick and his wife, Martha, traveled the world, often with children and or grandchildren. Many of those trips involved covert documents. His wife did not suspect anything out of the ordinary. They went on church mission trips to Nepal, Nigeria, and Panama, lecturing at other medical schools, and sightseeing many historical and significant landmarks on seven continents. In 2002, Fletcher was awarded the Order of The Palmetto, by the State of South Carolina and in 2014 was given the Presidential Citation by the American Urological Association for long-standing contributions to urological education, patient care, and superb clinical judgment and surgical skills. He was at that time the oldest practicing urologist in the USA. He was a part of the Charleston business and social community as a President of the Charleston County Medical Society, President of the Charleston Trident Chamber of Commerce, member of the Carolina Yacht Club, and a Rotarian. He was one of the founders of the Charleston Rose Society having grown more than 120 varieties of roses; he was also a rose judge for the southeastern United States. His skills as a Rosarian are well known and his gardens at 2 Gibbes and 12 Orange Streets were always on tour. Learning to paint with oils on canvas and linen in the year 2000, he completed over 100 paintings, many of which are on permanent loan to Roper and St. Francis and are hanging on the walls of the corridors and in the rooms of the 8th floor Rehabilitation Ward. Residents of Charleston can also see his artwork in banks and offices around the city. Fletcher also loved sports of all kinds. After intensive training, he climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro at the age of 70; he climbed with a team of 12 who asked him to give a motivational talk the night before the ascension and voted him to be first to stand at the top of the mountain. A Clemson alumnus, he was still serving as a Trustee Emeritus for the University. His emphasis at Clemson was an academic one focused on the Nursing and PreMed programs. Dr. Derrick has often said he witnessed and was a part of a great transition in medicine and surgery. He worked with the General Practice surgeons and watched as surgery and medicine grew into the current super specialization as information grew rapidly through his 61 years since he had graduated from MUSC. On June 30, 2019, Dr. Fletcher C. Derrick, Jr. retired from the practice of urology at Lowcountry Urology Clinics and also retired from the staffs of Roper and St. Francis Hospitals. He is survived by his wife, Martha Langford Derrick of Mount Pleasant, SC; one daughter, Martha (Mottie) Derrick Wieters (Paul) of Charleston, SC; one son, F. Carl Derrick III, M.D.(Melissa) of Beaufort, SC; eight grandchildren Eliza Rodrigue McElwee, M.D. (Tripp), Ronald R. Rodrigue, Jr., Derrick August Wieters, Owen Anderson Wieters, Heyward Fletcher Derrick, Crosson Bradford Derrick, Stuart Langford Derrick, Gabriela Sakzenian O'Quinn; one great-granddaughter, Louise Derrick McElwee; a sister, Betty Bland Dowd; and three nieces, Jewel Bland Carpenter, Cheryl Bland Brainard, and Sarah Bland Cleveland. He was predeceased by his grandson William James Derrick. Memorials may be made to Clemson University Foundation, 110 Daniel Drive, Clemson, SC, 29631 or Carolina Children's Charity, 1064 Gardner Rd, Charleston, SC 29407, or First (Scots) Presbyterian Church, 53 Meeting St., Charleston, SC 29401. A memorial message may be sent to the family by visiting our website at www.jhenrystuhr.com. Visit our guestbook at www.legacy.com/obituaries/ charleston

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Published in Charleston Post & Courier from Mar. 11 to Mar. 12, 2020.
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May 11, 2020
To the Derrick family:

Please accept our deepest sympathy in the departure of an incredible servant of God on this earth! What an impressive life history and we are very honored to have worked with him in medicine. He will not be forgotten!! We will keep you and the family in our weekly prayers and candle lighting ritual.
Warmest regards, Marta and Lex Hampton
Marta T Hampton
Acquaintance
March 26, 2020
I return for a second comment. I just finished reading Dr. Derrick's autobiography, Surgeon Spy. I am even more impressed how much this fine man did during his life on this earth. The book reveals quite a life story. It is amazing what he has accomplished. Bravo! John G. Black, MD
John G. Black
March 26, 2020
I'll always be thankful to Dr. Derrick because his surgery on my kidney helped me have two wonderful children. God bless you.
Randolph Edwards
Friend
March 23, 2020
Martha, Mattie, and Carl,
I do not have your addresses but wanted you all to know that I have been thinking about you and your families during this difficult time. My deepest sympathy to you.



Susan Jackson Davenport
March 22, 2020
Martha, I have tried calling you, but must have the wrong number. Please know that we have been thinking about you. We send our most heartfelt sympathy. Fletcher was truly one of the kindest, sweetest persons we know. We only hope that your wonderful memories will get you through and that you will be back at the bridge table if we ever get through this awful virus. Hang in there and be safe. Our arms are around you.
BOBBIE AND HERB ROTHSCHILD
Friend
March 15, 2020
Martha and children,
We were classmates in medical school and both of us were Youth Pastors at Citadel Square Baptist Church and part of the Outreach to College Students. Fletcher had many talents and he used the for the Lord. Your gardens we beautiful at both of your homes.
I finished medical school the year before I was supposed to graduate 1957 and can remember if Fletcher finished with us or in 1958.
Fletcher has left a wonderful Legacy for all to follow! My wife died five years ago and I have been in this home since 1975. God is good and he knows when He wants one of His own to come home Betty Lou was on the Board of the State Garden Club and Chairman of Restoring the Gardens at the Governor's Mansion and The Gardens at Riverside Srk and Zoo. God always plucks the beautiful flowers for His Gardens!
May the Holy Spirit fill your heart with love, joy any peace!
Fondly,
Danny
Danny Blackwell
Classmate
March 15, 2020
Dr. Derrick was truly a professional, warm, kind, and gracious gentleman. He was an asset to our Community and to our Country. He had an infectious smile and endearing demeanor. He will be missed by many. His legacy shows his love of Country and humanity. My condolences to the family.
Martha Holmes
Acquaintance
March 14, 2020
Fletcher was an outstanding American and South Carolinian and will be greatly missed. His many contributions to mankind will be forever remembered.Sympathy to the family!Tom Marchant 379 Golden Bear Drive, J2 Pawleys Island, SC 29585
Tom Marchant
March 14, 2020
Martha,
You married the "renaissance" man. Fletcher was such a talented and dedicated person. Fletcher taught me how to grow and appreciate roses. He was always smiling and positive in everything he did, from medicine to flowers to Clemson University.
My prayers for you and your large family. We have lost a great man.
Dewey Wise
Dewey Wise
Friend
March 13, 2020
Dr. Derrick performed surgery on my father, Swift C. Black, MD, in the late 1980s for kidney cancer. We all knew that we had an excellent surgeon at that time and appreciated his skill and bedside manner. None of us knew the extent of his experiences and accomplishments in his long life. HIs life story and legacy are much more complete than the vast majority of us could ever expect. Our thoughts are with the family in this time of loss. John G. Black, MD (Past President of South Carolina Medical Association)
John G. Black
March 13, 2020
Wonderful doctor,awesome rose planter.RIP Doc. Thank you
Roosevelt Thomas
March 13, 2020
I am thankful to have known Fletcher as my hometown(Johnston) friend, my physician and my Clemson buddy. He was a kind, gentle man of great faith and honor. My sincere condolences to Miss Martha, Mottie, Carl and Betty.
William B. Edwards, DMD
Friend
March 13, 2020
Great doctor, wonderful Christian and loving family man. Heaven has received a beautiful voice to praise the Lord. Was blessed when he and his sister Betty sang duets in our home church at Johnston First Baptist. Prayers of comfort for Martha and family. John and Chere Edwards
John Edwards
March 13, 2020
Appreciated the wonderful obituary for such great doctor and Christan family man. Must note one trait not mentioned- his talented voice. So enjoyed the duiet of he and his sister Betty singing at his home church Johnston First Baptist. Prayers for the family, John and Chere Edwards, Greenville, SC
John S
Friend
March 13, 2020
I grew up in Johnston, atttended Baptist church with the Derrick family,and shopped at Derrick's grocery store. Fletcher was a "favorite son" of our small town and we all loved him, his parents and sister, Betty. I treasure his signed copy of his book, SURGEON SPY. My deepest sympathy to Martha, Betty, and their families.
Becky Edwards Hash
Becky Hash
Family Friend
March 13, 2020
We were blessed to know Dr. Derrick through my grandparents, Mary and Bob Masse. Fletcher and Martha were their back door neighbors while he was in med school. We all love the Derrick family and will always remember Dr. Derrick's warm presence, caring smile, and humble spirit.
Kim Wanner
Classmate
March 13, 2020
Dr. Derrick is one of the truly great physicians with whom I have been associated. He was always available to help other physicians as well as his own patients. More than this, he was a man of the highest integrity and a true southern gentleman. It was a privilege to have known and worked with him. God Bless him and those he loved. May he rest in peace.
hutson davis
March 13, 2020
i had the pleasure of having doctor derrick as my urologist for over 30 years.he treated me when i had kidney stones over the years and discovered my prostate cancer.he was a life saver and will be missed.my prayers go out to him and his entire family.
gary richter
March 12, 2020
Sending love to the Derrick family. Dr. Derrick was always so kind to my father. Carl, I am thinking of you and your family.

Guerry
Guerry Glover
Friend
March 12, 2020
What an amazing Man.I knew Dr.Derrick from my work in the Medical Field.I know he was met at Heavens Gate by so many People he knew and loved
him.I had the honor to work with his amazing Son.God bless them all.
Linda Brennan
March 12, 2020
Martha l am heartbroken to hear of Fletcher's death! My sincere sympathy and love to you, Mottie, Carl, and all of the family members! I wish so much that l could join you tomorrow for his service! I will be praying for you, God Bless You! Joyce Rheney
Joyce Rheney
March 12, 2020
Martha,
Mary Helen and I and all the Sieglings have you and your dear family in our hearts and our prayers. We have such fond memories of the rose garden downtown and being neighbors on Sullivan's Island . Our wonderful Dr. Fletcher will be greatly missed by all.
Lanneau Siegling
March 12, 2020
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
Doris Garner
March 12, 2020
I was an RN in the operating room at St. Francis from 1976 to 1979. I remember Dr. Derrick as a kind person with a good sense of humor...always a gentleman!
I am sorry for your loss and that of the Charleston community. He will be missed!

I purchased his book and really enjoyed reading of his secret life. Medora
Medora Johnson
Coworker
March 12, 2020
My condolences to Mrs. Martha Derrick and family. Dr. Derrick was a pleasure to work with and will be missed greatly.
Lisa Fairman
March 12, 2020
Remember him fondly always was nice. Grew beautiful roses.

Former St Francis Employee
Dee Vandekamp (Dee Judy)
March 12, 2020
Praying for all of you. May God strengthen you today and in the days ahead.
Sandra and Maurice Cannon
March 12, 2020
Thinking of all the family during this time. --Leslie&Glenn Carson
Glenn Carson
March 12, 2020
One of the greatest Urologist in the Charleston area. He treated me in 1966 when I was at the VA Hospital when I returned from Nam and many times there after for kidney stones. My prayers go out to his entire family.
Ronald Kizer
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