With great sadness, Ruby Christina Fletcher’s family announces that she left this Earth to be with her Heavenly Father on July 26, 2022. She was 56 years old.
Born on December 13, 1965 in Atlanta, GA, her parents, Dr. Gerald F. Fletcher and Lynn Wiggins Fletcher, who met at Emory University, had two children: David Ladd Fletcher and Ruby Christina Fletcher.
Christie achieved a lot in her life, graduating in 1986 from The University of South Carolina in Broadcast Journalism and Mass Media. She did well in Broadcasting, working first as a prime-time Anchor in News and Weather at WITF PBS in Harrisburg, PA. Then she moved back to her roots and became a morning Anchor at WIS-TV in Columbia, SC, followed by prime-time anchoring at KGUN-9 in Tucson, AZ, a Corpus Christi CBS Station, and K-EYE News in Austin, TX. She worked last at QVC in Philadelphia.
As a Broadcaster, she won The Gracie Award, for Outstanding Women in TV and Radio in 1998, named after Gracie Allen. She also covered the CMA Awards on the Red Carpet for K-EYE News, interviewing Vince Gill, Shania Twain, Randy Travis and many others.
The love of Christie’s life was always horses and dogs—-God’s Creatures. She started riding American Saddlebred Horses at 5, and by 7, had set her goal to win the UPHA Equitation Championship at the Kansas City Royal, which she achieved at the age of 16, in November 1983.
Christie also loved dogs and chose to get Rescues from the Humane Society as her pets. In Sarasota she started her dog Tampa in ‘Search and Rescue’ and loved doing it. She also presented adoptable pets from the Humane Society in Sarasota on the “Jones and Crane” Radio Show every week. After moving to Lancaster, she continued to train dogs and she put Tampa in a Therapy Dog program of visiting Nursing Homes to cheer up the residents. She also wrote a book about her beloved rescue dog Tampa, and contributed much of the sales from her book to the Humane Society and other organizations. “Tampa’s Story” can be found at The Pet Pantry in Lancaster, PA with all proceeds going to help pets in need.
Christie is survived by her brother, David Ladd Fletcher and sister-in-law Kelly Genelle Fletcher of Atlanta, GA, her mother, Lynn Fletcher Smith of Chatsworth, GA, her step-father Wm. Ronald Smith, and her 3 nephews, Hutchison Ralph Fletcher, Henry David Fletcher, and Hudson Burley Fletcher all of Atlanta.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Pet Pantry of Lancaster https://petpantrylc.org/ or PAWS of Atlanta https://www.pawsatlanta.org/ or a NO-KILL Shelter of your choice would be greatly appreciated.
Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, August 14, at 2:00 pm at Misty Creek Community Church located at 590 Mount Vernon Hwy N.E., Atlanta, GA 30328
To the family of my friend Christie Fletcher,
I was her co-worker at KRIS Channel 6 in Corpus Christi, TX. It was a rough transition for me moving from NYC to TX and Christie was one of my only friends at the station. Knowing my family was far away in New England, she and Fred invited me to their home for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I had my first anchoring experience by her side. I just learned of her death today as we lost touch but I will always remember her welcoming ways. May she Rest In Peace. Love, Sonja Weinkopf Bartlett
I just found out about Christie. My heart and prayers go out to your family. I lived in Latrobe Pa for a while and loved Christie’s snow posts and dog posts. She was a great inspiration to me and the whole Cantrell family. Because of her stories, I adopted a German Shepherd and did training with US Canine of Atl. She was beautiful inside and out. God Bless 🦮
Christie was the first love of my life.
She was a cheerleader and I was a football player.
High school sweetheart.
Fishing in Midville
Water Skiing at Hartwell
Hold on to 16 as long as you can changes come around real soon
Make us women and men
So terribly sorry to hear about Christie. We worked together at K-EYE in Austin and kept up on Facebook. She was always so much fun and I loved her deep laugh and wicked sense of humor. Gone too young and too soon. Hugs to her family, please know she made a difference in my world, too.
Greg and l send our sincerest condolences to Lynn, Ladd and the entire family. God bless!
Prayers for the family of christie. I watched her on qvc all the time and she seemed to be such a nice person. I cant believe she is gone already. Will miss seeing her with germack.
I became accustomed to seeing Christie on QVC representing the Germack Pistachio Company for several years. She was always so positive and happy. She became part of the QVC family and today, David Venable became emotional when he informed us of her passing on air. My sincerest condolences to the family and her beloved animals. Her passing leaves a hole in our hearts and will affect many, many people.
Christie along with her morning co-anchor Rosenda Rios made made KEYE’s morning show fun. We shared a love of horses. I’m glad she was able to pursue her passion as a dog trainer, save rescues and help others along the way. I’m saddened to hear of her loss and offer my sincerest sympathies to her friends and family.
My sweet friends, how very sad to her of Christie’s passing. My God’s comfort dwell with you all.
My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Christie. She was always a breath of fresh air when we saw her on TV. Her love of animals especially dogs is something we all aspire to. God Bless her, and may Peace be with her, and all those she called “her family”. She will be missed.
As Christie’s TV co-anchor at KEYE-TV in Austin, I developed a deep respect and fondness for her. She was not only a dedicated professional, but she was a delight to be around — smiling, upbeat, always curious and engaging. Very talented and caring. We are saddened to learn of her passing so early in her life. Please convey our heartfelt sympathy to her family and loved ones. Rest in peace, Christie.
Neal thank you so much for your kind and caring message. Christie loved working with you and the folks at K-EYE and she loved your since of humor too. Her years in Texas were some of her happiest.
This is “Father Crane” as I was known on the air in Sarasota. My daughter and good friend of Christie, Christina Crane, was the originator of “Crane’s Critters” at the radio station and also starring Christie. They had a 100% adoption rate. I first met Christie when she was helping to train my daughter for a horse-riding competition. I am sorry for the loss of Christie to so many.
Christie was the girl that every girl wanted to be. Beautiful, smart, great personality… She was blessed beyond. I know you all were so proud of her. Words cannot express the loss you all are dealing with. She was so loved and admired by many. God bless you all and know she is at peace.
Christie was a brilliant star, I had the honor of working with her at KEYE. We had just recently reconnected and was planning a trip to visit her. I remember our trip to cover the CMA’s in Nashville. She actually sent me a copy of the DVD of our coverage. We had a great laugh recalling our trip. She was loving, caring, and had an amazing connection with each person she meet and more so with the animals she helped. Please do let me know if I can do anything.
Thank you for reaching out. We are trying to put a slide show together for her memorial service. If you have any still photos of the news team or her at work at KEYE, we would appreciate you sharing them with us via email. Please use email email@example.com to send photos. Thank you in advance for any help you can provide.
Lynn and Ron Smith
I’m so sorry and shocked to find out this news. It’s more intense knowing she was so young. I pray for peace and comfort for the entire family. I love you guys 💗
I am so sorry for your loss
Lynn, Gerry and Ladd: So sorry. We have so many fond memories of our time with Christie that I will never forget. Keith Wright
Christie was a brilliant star, loving, caring, and had an amazing connection with animals. She has left us too soon. Our sincere condolences to her family for this tremendous loss. Our hearts are broken.
Christie and I had some nice chats on FB…enjoyed her talents in the show ring circa 70s-80s… what I admired about Christie was her deep love for Human’s Best Friend..the ever forgiving sinless Rescue Dogs.. my condolences to the family.. you had a swell daughter and Kind Lady…I Cry…Samuel Harris Brock Prishtina Kosovo
Lynn , Ron and Ladd, my heart and prayers goes out to you all. From reading all she has done , I can tell that she was a very smart young lady Just like her mother. She was raised up by the best, you did well with her Lynn. She will be missed by so many that knew her and loved her. Big hugs and prayers to all of you, I’m so sorry for your loss. 🙏
I am so sorry for your loss. I just learned of Christie’s passing today (Nov. 2, 2922) as I was thinking of last colleagues that I have worked with over the years. We worked together at WITF in the early 1990’s. Christie was friendly, fun and smart. Just a joy to be around.
Please accept my condolences.
Maria Gabriel Scapellato
I’ll miss speaking to her. We had reconnected the last year after being in high school together. As a pastor I wish you all the blessings of God’s love
My heartfelt prayers are with you and
I will always cherish my memories with Christie. Christie and I became fast friends when we both lived in Austin, TX….
Although our lives took us to other states we reconnected on Facebook and picked up conversation as if time had not passed.
It was a blessing to call her friend.
Lynn and Ladd, I am so sorry to hear of Christie’s passing. She was a beautiful girl and person. I loved watching her show her horses, she was a beautiful rider. She will me missed.
Love, Candi Allison Walker
I am so sorry to hear. Love to all of you. Love, Cheryl Tiedemann 🌹
Christie was adored by her QVC family. A perfect example of a kind and warm human being. Always smiling. Always filled with grace and goodness. She will be sadly missed. Thank you for sharing her with all of us.
Lynn and Ladd,
My heart is just breaking. May Gods love surround you and give you peace in the coming time ahead