Willaphene Fletcher, 87 of Amarillo went to be with the Lord on Monday, July 16, 2018. Celebration of Life service will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Monday, July 23, 2018 at Saint Stephen United Methodist Church, 4600 S. Western St., with the Dr. Jim Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Blackburn Shaw Funeral Directors, 8310 S. Coulter Street. Viewing times are Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21, from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, July 22 from 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Willaphene was born on June 18, 1931 in Lubbock, Texas. Daughter of Elbert E. and Mittie A. (Ince) Sartor, Willaphene was the youngest of five children.
She married Edward W. Fletcher, the love of her life, August 18, 1964 at Las Vegas, Nevada.
Willaphene was a loving, kind and generous Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother and Friend. She treasured her family and friends. Her “I love you” was always on her lips and genuine from the heart response. All of her family was special to her and she took great pleasure in spoiling them. She gave God credit for everything in her life and constantly vocalized “Thank God” or “Thank You Lord”. She was a self-taught pianist and could read music as well as play by ear. Her children often joked that if you could hum it, she could play it. Her family also enjoyed singing along with her as she entertained them on the piano. Willaphene and Edward were active faithful members of Saint Stephen United Methodist Church since March 7, 1965. They were also active members of the Pathfinders Sunday School Class. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Willaphene was preceded in death by her parents, Elbert & Mittie Sartor, her husband Edward, grandson Johnny McCurry, son-in-love Pierce McCurry, two sisters Dorothy & husband Tom Durham, Oleta & husband James Leonard, two brothers Winford & wife Reba Sartor, Stin & wife Ruby Sartor.
Those left to cherish her memory are five children, Milton McNeely & wife Charlotte, Velvet McCurry, Kathy Fletcher & Greg Lopez, Carlton Fletcher & wife Pam, Lenny Monson; six grandchildren, Gene McNeely, Kara Green & husband Todd, Matt McCurry & wife Beth, Katresa DeBault & Brad Finch, Greg Fletcher & wife Natae, Bryan Fletcher & wife Kelsey; eleven great-grandchildren, Kristen McCurry, Kaelee McCurry, Gaven DeBault, Dylan Fletcher, Landon Green, Cason Green, McKenna Green, Scout Finch, Taegan Fletcher, Oakley Fletcher and Kelton Fletcher who is expected to arrive in October.
In lieu of flowers the family suggest memorials be made to Hospice/Olivia's Angels or a charity of your choice.