Fletcher Herbert, a member of Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, died on Saturday, June 22, 2019. He was 81.
He was born on June 5, 1938 in Philadelphia. He was the third of four sons born to the late William Herbert Sr. and Susie A. Williams Herbert.
He was affectionately called “Fletch,” “ Pop,” “Grandpop,” “Cool Breeze” and “Grill Master.”
His family said he was an energetic and responsible child. He was the football team manager of the Uber Street Jets team and a member of Royal Vals Photography Club at 12-years-old. Herbert was an innovator and an entrepreneur. As a young boy, he and his friends coordinated fundraising events to buy dark room equipment for their photography club. He also created a job for himself managing inventory for the neighborhood businesses.
Herbert was an excellent student and was educated in the School District of Philadelphia. He attended James L. Claghorn and he was in the first graduating class of George Washington Carver Elementary School. He attended Thomas Fitzsimons Junior High School and graduated from Simon Gratz High School in 1956.
Herbert was baptized at an early age at his family church, Second Pilgrim Baptist Church, and was a faithful Christian. Later in life he was a faithful member at Greater White Rock Baptist Church where he served with his time, talents and tithes. He transitioned his membership to Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church where he was a member for over 15 years. He always talked about the powerful sermons given by Pastor Alyn Waller and how they touched his heart.
Herbert worked many jobs in the supermarket industry where he excelled from a clerk to management. His first job as a teenager was at Ben Corson Corporation Plant on 44th Street and Belmont Avenue where he worked each day after school. He then worked at Food Fair Supermarkets, Publix Thriftway and Ace Shop N Bag. His last position was at Cherry Hill Shoprite Supermarket where he retired in 2000.
He met his wife, Mary L. Aydlett, “Reds” as he affectionately called her, in 1957. They both loved and studied jazz. They enjoyed seeing some of their favorite artists such as Miles Davis while visiting jazz clubs in the Philadelphia area. They were also avid play goers, having enjoyed their first play “A Raisin in the Sun” in Philadelphia in 1958.
He and his wife were married on Aug. 29, 1959. They began their family in Nicetown and settled in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia in 1971 where they raised three sons.
“Fletcher was the ultimate hard worker, provider and teacher,” his family said in a tribute. “He was able to provide wisdom and had a unique perspective on all situations brought to him by his family.”
Herbert always saw that his parents were taken care of and later in life, he then ensured the care of his baby brother.
Herbert was a jazz aficionado. He was well versed in all types of jazz and listened to many different musicians, but especially loved hard bop and bebop jazz.
Herbert was an avid traveler. He and his wife traveled very often to places such as Spain, South Africa, Alaska, Las Vegas and other destinations. He also loved family vacations where they visited various campsites and beaches each summer and enjoyed creating family memories. When his grandchildren arrived, they continued camping and most recently visited New Orleans. Herbert also traveled to the Wilson Lake Herbert Family Reunions all throughout the country each year.
He was preceded in death his parents and brother, William Herbert Jr.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by: his sons, Darryl (Susie), Michael and Christopher (Denise); grandchildren, Christopher, Michael, Dara, Denzel, Devyn, Mary, Kyra, Stephen and Stephanie; brothers, Ralph Sr. and Earnest Sr. and other relatives and friends.
Services were held July 1 at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, 230 Coulter Ave. Viewing was at 8 a.m. Services followed at 10 a.m. Burial was private.
Beckett-Brown and Hodges Funeral Home handled the arrangements.