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Nov 21

Fletcher-Day Celebrates 125 Years!

Posted on November 21, 2018 at 3:58 PM by Jamesan Stuckey

*The following was taken from a history of Pasley-Fletcher Funeral Home, written by James P. Fletcher, 1993*

2018 marks a whopping 125 years of business for Fletcher-Day Funeral Home!

This family owned business had its beginnings in 1893 as a livery stable. Mr. Charles M. Pasley Sr. opened the stable on the corner of North Center and East Thompson Streets. A 1905 Sanborn Map of Thomaston shows it to be across the street from the current location of the post office. *Note that what is listed on the map as Railroad St. is now Hightower St. & what was Gibson is now Gordon St.*


Business included selling livestock and renting buggies, mules, and horses. Pasley was also called upon to use his equipment to transport caskets to and from the family residences of deceased individuals. It was around Christmas time when Mr. Pasley was asked to not only provide his horse and buggy, but also a casket for the deceased. Afterward he decided to make caskets in advance so not to interrupt his daily routine. By 1918 his son Charles Jr. joined the business which eventually led to the name change of C.M.  Livery, Feed, and Sale Stable to C.M. Pasley & Son. In 1921, Charles Jr. married Jewell Barron and she quickly became involved with the funeral business. Together they began married life in the Pasley Hotel. Unfortunately, it was destroyed by fire in 1928. The couple persevered and built a boarding house on the same site as the hotel and it opened in 1929. It’s said that Charles Jr. had the idea of one day converting it to a fully functioning funeral home which is exactly what happened in 1937. After Charles Sr.’s death in 1940, Charles Jr. changed the name of the business to Pasley Funeral Home.

In 1957, Jimmy J. Fletcher joined the staff of Pasley Funeral Home. He was a welcome addition as he was Charles Jr.’s son in law, marrying Ann Pasley in 1952. Jimmy also graduated from the Cincinnati College of Embalming and received his Georgia Funeral Director’s License in 1957. By 1961 he became a full partner and the name was changed to the longstanding Pasley-Fletcher Funeral Home. Ann Pasley Fletcher also became active in the family’s business in 1968 until her passing in 2017.

In 1972, Pasley-Fletcher Inc. moved to its current location on 628 North Church Street. It was the first building in Thomaston designed and built from the ground up exclusively as a funeral home. Second generation owners, Charles Jr. and Mrs. Jewell continued to work in the business for the rest of their lives. Charles passed in 1976 while Jewell passed in 1991. Later Jimmy and Ann’s sons, James P. and Robert H. Fletcher, took over the funeral home after their father retired. Mr. Jimmy later passed away in 2002.

In recent years, longtime employee Mr. Darren Day became Vice-President of the firm while Bob Fletcher is President. In 2015 the name was changed to the current Fletcher-Day Funeral Home, Inc. What an impressive history of this longstanding family business.

Thomaston Timees, May, 1963

Thomaston Times, June 27, 1963

(Pasley-Fletcher Funeral Home, Lateral Files: History, Thomaston-Upson Archives)

Nov 01

World War I Exhibit : Available 11/1/2018

Posted on November 1, 2018 at 8:53 AM by Jamesan Stuckey

Come check out our new WWI exhibit. This Veteran's Day marks 100 years since the Armistice that effectively ended all fighting in The Great War. Available to view today!
Oct 04

World War I : John Thad Ellington

Posted on October 4, 2018 at 12:05 PM by Jamesan Stuckey

It was this day 100 years ago. Many Thomaston folks went about their normal routine of opening their weekly newspaper, only to receive a profound shock.

Months before it had been reported that local man, John Thad Ellington, only 22 years of age, had been killed on the battlefields of France. He was said to be the first Upson boy to die in combat. From the Thomaston Times, August 16, 1918: “John Thad Ellington was killed in battle on July 28, in the desperate fighting of the Soissons-Rheims drive in which American troops played such a glorious part. He was a member of the 151 Machine Gun Battalion, Company A, which suffered such severe casualties in the recent battle, and which made such a magnificent record in that fighting.”

No doubt, the community mourned the loss of John Thad Ellington. Only, when October 4th rolled around, Thomaston found out that Ellington was in fact, still alive. He had been captured and was held in a German prison camp at Bayreuth.

In a letter written to his mother dated March 13, 1919, Ellington revealed that he was recovering in a New York Hospital. Though the Great War had ended, it still took a while for soldiers to return home. Ellington tells his mom that he lost his foot, but was so lucky to be alive.

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JohnThadEllington-TT-1918-10-04Thomaston Times, October 4th, 1918

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Thomaston Times, March 21, 1919