Funeral of Eliza Fletcher: Memorial services for jogger Slain Memphis announced

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The family of the slain teacher from Memphis Eliza “Liza” Fletcher announced details of her funeral just days after she was attacked, abducted and killed on her morning jog near the University of Memphis.

“Above all, Liza’s dearest role was that of wife and mother,” according to the obituary shared by the directors of Canale Funderal, where her parents made arrangements on Wednesday. “After meeting at Second Presbyterian Church, she married her beloved husband. She loved her family fiercely and unconditionally. Together, as a family, they enjoyed outdoor adventures, including boating boating, water sports, hiking, running and biking. She was deeply admired by her family and friends for her passionate dedication to motherhood.”

The teacher and the mother de deux was remembered as “a born athlete” and as an avid runner she had qualified for the Boston Marathon. “She channeled her competitive nature into enthusiastic participation in everything she undertook.”

His funeral will be held at Second Presbyterian Church at 10 a.m. CT on Saturday, September 10.

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Eliza Fletcher's father, James Beasley Wellford, leaves Canale's funeral home in Memphis, Tennessee on September 7, 2022.

Eliza Fletcher’s father, James Beasley Wellford, leaves Canale’s funeral home in Memphis, Tennessee on September 7, 2022.
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The family requests that memorials be sent to the Liza Wellford Fletcher Memorial Fund at St. Mary’s Episcopal School, Christ Methodist Day School and Second Presbyterian Church.

“She found great joy in morning runs with friends,” reads her family’s online obituary.

The photo released by Canale Funeral Directors shows Eliza Fletcher, her husband and children

The photo released by Canale Funeral Directors shows Eliza Fletcher, her husband and children
(Canale Funeral Directors)

Fletcher played football in college before transferring to Baylor. She went on to earn a master’s degree from Belmont University and later taught children at both Promise Academy and St. Mary’s Episcopal School.

ELIZA FLETCHER’S SUSPECTED KILLER CLEOTHA ABSTON HENDERSON SERVED 20 YEARS OF A 24-YEAR SENTENCE, HERE’S WHY

Memphis, Tennessee, USA September 7, 2022 Richie Fletcher and Eliza Fletchers family members leave Canale's funeral in Memphis.

Memphis, Tennessee, USA September 7, 2022 Richie Fletcher and Eliza Fletchers family members leave Canale’s funeral in Memphis.
(Matt Symons for Fox News Digital)

“She truly walked and molded the Christian life and trusted her unwavering faith,” the missive continues. “Liza was a light to all who knew her.”

Fletcher, 34, was congratulated by her school, St. Mary’s Episcopal Schoolin a Facebook post as someone whose “smile lights up every room she walks into.”

Several events honoring Fletcher will take place on his race course early Friday morning.

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Eliza Fletcher's father, James Beasley Wellford, along with other family members, arrive at the Canale Funeral Directors Building in Memphis, Tennessee on September 7, 2022.

Eliza Fletcher’s father, James Beasley Wellford, along with other family members, arrive at the Canale Funeral Directors Building in Memphis, Tennessee on September 7, 2022.
(Matt Symons for Fox News Digital)

Fletcher is survived by her husband, Richard James Fletcher III, whom she married on March 8, 2014, and two sons, Richard James Fletcher IV and Harry Wellford Fletcher, as well as her parents, Adele Orgill Wellford and James Beasley Wellford.

“His infectious smile and laugh could brighten up any room,” read the obituary. “Liza was pure of heart and innocent in a way that made her see the best in everyone she met. To know her was to love her and be loved by her. prayer groups, vigils held at the home of friends and family, church and school rallies, and memorial runs and walks held in his honor. The outpouring of love and grief would have surprised Liza, who never thought or acted like she was anything special – although she certainly was.”

DEATH OF ELIZA FLETCHER: MEMPHIS KIDNAPPING SUSPECT CLEOTHA HENDERSON HELD WITHOUT SECURITY

Eliza Fletcher's father, James Beasley Wellford, along with other family members, arrive at the Canale Funeral Directors Building in Memphis, Tennessee on September 7, 2022.

Eliza Fletcher’s father, James Beasley Wellford, along with other family members, arrive at the Canale Funeral Directors Building in Memphis, Tennessee on September 7, 2022.
(Matt Symons for Fox News Digital)

Fletcher’s suspected killerCleotha Abston Henderson, is being held without bond in the Shelby County Jail for kidnapping and first degree murder.

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He reportedly roamed the University of Memphis campus on the morning of September 2, then rushed Fletcher as she ran down Central Avenue.

After a struggle in which he lost his shoes, police say Henderson forced her into an SUV. Investigators found his DNA on the shoes, according to court documents.

Liza Fletcher, a 34-year-old teacher and mother of two who was killed on her morning jog last week, will be laid to rest on Saturday.

Liza Fletcher, a 34-year-old teacher and mother of two who was killed on her morning jog last week, will be laid to rest on Saturday.
(Jennifer Sink/Facebook, Memphis Police)

His criminal history includes five counts of aggravated assault, rape and kidnapping, all of which occurred when he was a minor. He was recently released from prison after serving 20 years of a 24-year sentence.

Henderson is due back in court on September 19.

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