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Fletcher Carl Derrick, Jr., M.D.

Fletcher Carl Derrick, Jr., M.D.
  • August 24, 1933 - March 9, 2020
  • Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
  • Memorials may be made to
  • Clemson University Foundation
    110 Daniel Drive
    Clemson, SC 29631
  • Carolina Children's Charity
    PO Box 30068
    Charleston, SC 29417
  • First (Scots) Presbyterian Church
    53 Meeting Street
    Charleston, SC 29401

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“To the Derrick family:Please accept our deepest sympathy in the departure of an incredible servant of God on this earth! What an impressive life...Read More »
1 of 29 | Posted by: Marta T Hampton - Charleston, SC

“I return for a second comment. I just finished reading Dr. Derrick's autobiography, Surgeon Spy. I am even more impressed how much this fine man...Read More »
2 of 29 | Posted by: John G. Black - Lexington, SC

“I'll always be thankful to Dr. Derrick because his surgery on my kidney helped me have two wonderful children. God bless you. ”
3 of 29 | Posted by: Randolph Edwards - Bluffton, SC

“Martha, Mattie, and Carl,I do not have your addresses but wanted you all to know that I have been thinking about you and your families during this...Read More »
4 of 29 | Posted by: Susan Jackson Davenport - SC

“Martha, I have tried calling you, but must have the wrong number. Please know that we have been thinking about you. We send our most heartfelt...Read More »
5 of 29 | Posted by: BOBBIE AND HERB ROTHSCHILD - SC

“Martha and children,We were classmates in medical school and both of us were Youth Pastors at Citadel Square Baptist Church and part of the Outreach...Read More »
6 of 29 | Posted by: Danny Blackwell - Kershaw, SC

“Dr. Derrick was truly a professional, warm, kind, and gracious gentleman. He was an asset to our Community and to our Country. He had an infectious...Read More »
7 of 29 | Posted by: Martha Holmes - CHARLESTON, SC

“Fletcher was an outstanding American and South Carolinian and will be greatly missed. His many contributions to mankind will be forever remembered...Read More »
8 of 29 | Posted by: Tom Marchant - Pawleys Island, SC

“Martha, You married the "renaissance" man. Fletcher was such a talented and dedicated person. Fletcher taught me how to grow and appreciate roses. He...Read More »
9 of 29 | Posted by: Dewey Wise - Green Pond, SC

“Dr. Derrick performed surgery on my father, Swift C. Black, MD, in the late 1980s for kidney cancer. We all knew that we had an excellent surgeon at...Read More »
10 of 29 | Posted by: John G. Black - Lexington, SC

“Wonderful doctor,awesome rose planter.RIP Doc. Thank you ”
11 of 29 | Posted by: Roosevelt Thomas - Summerville, SC

“I am thankful to have known Fletcher as my hometown(Johnston) friend, my physician and my Clemson buddy. He was a kind, gentle man of great faith and...Read More »
12 of 29 | Posted by: William B. Edwards, DMD - SC

“Great doctor, wonderful Christian and loving family man. Heaven has received a beautiful voice to praise the Lord. Was blessed when he and his sister...Read More »
13 of 29 | Posted by: John Edwards - Greenville, SC

“Appreciated the wonderful obituary for such great doctor and Christan family man. Must note one trait not mentioned- his talented voice. So enjoyed...Read More »
14 of 29 | Posted by: John S - Friend

“I grew up in Johnston, atttended Baptist church with the Derrick family,and shopped at Derrick's grocery store. Fletcher was a "favorite son" of our...Read More »
15 of 29 | Posted by: Becky Hash - chapin, SC

“We were blessed to know Dr. Derrick through my grandparents, Mary and Bob Masse. Fletcher and Martha were their back door neighbors while he was in...Read More »
16 of 29 | Posted by: Kim Wanner - Clemson, SC

“Dr. Derrick is one of the truly great physicians with whom I have been associated. He was always available to help other physicians as well as his...Read More »
17 of 29 | Posted by: hutson davis - bluffton, SC

“i had the pleasure of having doctor derrick as my urologist for over 30 years.he treated me when i had kidney stones over the years and discovered my...Read More »
18 of 29 | Posted by: gary richter - charleston, SC

“What an amazing Man.I knew Dr.Derrick from my work in the Medical Field.I know he was met at Heavens Gate by so many People he knew and loved him.I...Read More »
19 of 29 | Posted by: Linda Brennan - Summerville, SC

“Martha l am heartbroken to hear of Fletcher's death! My sincere sympathy and love to you, Mottie, Carl, and all of the family members! I wish so...Read More »
20 of 29 | Posted by: Joyce Rheney - Orangeburg, S.C.

“Martha,Mary Helen and I and all the Sieglings have you and your dear family in our hearts and our prayers. We have such fond memories of the rose...Read More »
21 of 29 | Posted by: Lanneau Siegling - West Columbia, SC

“Sending love to the Derrick family. Dr. Derrick was always so kind to my father. Carl, I am thinking of you and your family. Guerry ”
22 of 29 | Posted by: Guerry Glover - Johns Island, SC

“Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever. ”
23 of 29 | Posted by: Doris Garner - John,s Island, SC

“My condolences to Mrs. Martha Derrick and family. Dr. Derrick was a pleasure to work with and will be missed greatly. ”
24 of 29 | Posted by: Lisa Fairman - Charleston, SC

“I was an RN in the operating room at St. Francis from 1976 to 1979. I remember Dr. Derrick as a kind person with a good sense of humor...always a...Read More »
25 of 29 | Posted by: Medora Johnson - SC - Coworker

“Remember him fondly always was nice. Grew beautiful roses. Former St Francis Employee Dee Vandekamp (Dee Judy) ”
26 of 29 | Posted by: A friend

“Praying for all of you. May God strengthen you today and in the days ahead. ”
27 of 29 | Posted by: Sandra and Maurice Cannon - SC

“Thinking of all the family during this time. --Leslie&Glenn Carson ”
28 of 29 | Posted by: Glenn Carson - Brentwood, TN

“One of the greatest Urologist in the Charleston area. He treated me in 1966 when I was at the VA Hospital when I returned from Nam and many times...Read More »
29 of 29 | Posted by: Ronald Kizer - Fayetteville, NC

Fletcher Carl Derrick Jr., M.D., 86, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, husband of Martha Langford Derrick, entered into eternal rest Monday, March 9, 2020. His funeral service will be held Friday, March 13, 2020 in First (Scots) Presbyterian Church, 53 Meeting St., at 2:00 p.m. Interment, Magnolia Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday in the J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Downtown Chapel, 232 Calhoun St. from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Fletcher was born August 24, 1933 in Edgefield County, South Carolina, son of the late Fletcher Carl Derrick Sr. and Ruby Ripley Derrick. He was born during the depression, and his parents lost their good jobs. They opened a small grocery store in Edgefield County and later moved to a larger store in Johnston, SC. Fletcher delivered groceries, picked peaches, packed peaches, worked in a mill, and worked with a newspaper printer. His mother said he went to Clemson selling peanuts on the street. He finished Johnston High School as President of his class, was in the Beta club, as well as played football and basketball.

At Clemson University, he studied Textiles and then moved to Pre-Med. After that first year at Clemson, he hitchhiked across the country to California to help a young couple to build a house, which was the beginning of Habitat for Humanity. He loved adventure and helping people. At Clemson, he was the Deputy Regimental Commander in the ROTC; he also went to ROTC summer camp. He then got the call to come to Medical School after his 3rd year at Clemson. He immediately knew that he had found his calling in life. After his junior year, being a very religious young man, he helped his good friend, Bill Reames, lead a summer youth revival where Martha Langford was asked to play the organ and help with young people. There was no mistaking that they fell in love that week and were married the next summer for 63 years.

During his senior year at the Medical University of South Carolina, he was a Lt. in the US Army. He then did his internship at Ft. Benning, GA. While there, he was recruited to be a covert courier for the US Army telling no one for 20 years - not even his wife. He traveled all over the world carrying orders and secret documents. He also carried cash to young GI's who were stationed in the field. He spent three years in Germany - one year as a surgeon for 8th division artillery in Baumholder, Germany where he accompanied the troops on field maneuvers, which he enjoyed very much. He then transferred to Landstuhl Army Hospital, which was the beginning of his urological career. Landstuhl was the Army Medical Center for Europe; he treated soldiers from all combat areas and traveled with them back to Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, DC. During the Cold War, his assignment was to go to East Germany as Commander of the Train bringing wounded from East Germany back to Landstuhl. In this capacity, he was gone for days, and no one knew where he was. At the end of this assignment, he was presented a certificate of excellence in the US Army by Colonel Wilfred Knobeloch who was a classmate of his wife's father at The Citadel.
He then completed a urology residency at the Medical University of South Carolina and received an award as the Outstanding Resident.

After completing his residency, he was on the faculty
of MUSC where he was on the team that initiated the Kidney Transplantation Program. He subsequently was Professor and Chairman of the Department of Urology at George Washington University from 1970-74; he was also an advisor to the Surgeon General of the Army. The family made a decision to return to Charleston, and he entered private practice with Dr. Raymond Rosenblum. Dr. Derrick and other urologists were instrumental in advancing urology care in both Roper and St. Francis hospitals. When Dr. Rosenblum retired, Derrick joined Lowcountry Urology Clinics.

Dr. Derrick and his wife, Martha, traveled the world, often with children and or grandchildren. Many of those trips involved covert documents. His wife did not suspect anything out of the ordinary. They went on church mission trips to Nepal, Nigeria, and Panama, lecturing at other medical schools, and sightseeing many historical and significant landmarks on seven continents.

In 2002, Fletcher was awarded the Order of The Palmetto, by the State of South Carolina and in 2014 was given the Presidential Citation by the American Urological Association for long-standing contributions to urological education, patient care, and superb clinical judgment and surgical skills. He was at that time the oldest practicing urologist in the USA.

He was a part of the Charleston business and social community as a President of the Charleston County Medical Society, President of the Charleston Trident Chamber of Commerce, member of the Carolina Yacht Club, and a Rotarian. He was one of the founders of the Charleston Rose Society having grown more than 120 varieties of roses; he was also a rose judge for the southeastern United States. His skills as a Rosarian are well known and his gardens at 2 Gibbes and 12 Orange Streets were always on tour. Learning to paint with oils on canvas and linen in the year 2000, he completed over 100 paintings, many of which are on permanent loan to Roper and St. Francis and are hanging on the walls of the corridors and in the rooms of the 8th floor Rehabilitation Ward. Residents of Charleston can also see his artwork in banks and offices around the city.
Fletcher also loved sports of all kinds. After intensive training, he climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro at the age of 70; he climbed with a team of 12 who asked him to give a motivational talk the night before the ascension and voted him to be first to stand at the top of the mountain.

A Clemson alumnus, he was still serving as a Trustee Emeritus for the University. His emphasis at Clemson was