James Patterson Fleming, dad, was born to Ruth Patterson Fleming and James Benjamin Fleming in Baltimore, Md. On April 14, 1933. He spent his childhood in Charlotte, N.C. and was an only child until he was joined by his brothers John and Jay 15 and 16 years later. He graduated from high school where he was a flute player in the band and a member of Demoly. He graduated from Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C. in June of 1955, while there he decided to pursue a Career in Ministry and was a member of the Blue Key National Leadership Fraternity. His theological training was at Columbia Theological Seminary in Dacatur, Ga. where he graduated in June of 1958. It was during his senior year that he met his beloved “Libby” and they were married on July 11, 1958. The following years were spent ministering to fellowships at Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, and Bethesda Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, Md.
During these years he received a Master’s Degree in Christian Education from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Va. Where Libby worked as a 6th grade teacher and put him thru school. While Associate Minister and Minister of Education at Bethesda Presbyterian Church he and Libby decided to start a family and adopted Jeff who was born in October of 1963 and Wendy who was born October 1964. Laura followed in July of 1965 and by October of that year he was called to St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church in Orlando. The year 1973 led him to a ministry in Homestead, Fla. He and Libby in 1986 with the children grown he and mom needed “the break” and went to Clarksville, Ark. to be pastor of Clarksville Presbyterian Church where he finished his full time pastoring. His beloved “Libby” passed in August of 1990 and in February of 1992 he began a new chapter of life when he met and married Jeanne Haney. He spent his “retirement” years pastoring at a small congregation in Huntsville, Ark. He and Jeanne spent their years together taking trips to far away places and spending time with kids and grandkids. He also enjoyed and took pride in being a Mason, having a lifelong member of the Masons and was active in the Huntsville Masonic Lodge. Through the years and the many hundreds of baptisms, weddings, and funeral he presided over he became a beloved member of every community he was a part of. His favorite place to visit was Blowing Rock, N.C. where he will be interred. The last few years of his life were spent with his children in Homestead, Fla. He will be missed by many family and friends but even more by his three children who loved him with all their hearts. Thank you dad for so many wonderful memories and rest in peace. We love you.