Celeste Fletcher King, age 49, passed away November 15, 2017 in College Station, TX.
Celeste was born on July 25, 1968 in Montgomery, AL, and was raised in Tuscaloosa, AL. She attended the Tuscaloosa Academy and the University of Alabama, where, in addition to being a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma social sorority, and the Young Republicans, she counted attending Alabama football games as her favorite activity in college. In 1993, Celeste graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.
In 1997, Celeste received her Juris Doctor from Western Michigan University's Thomas M. Cooley School of Law. While in law school, Celeste was selected, along with six others, from over 100 first-year law students to participate in a project similar to the nationally known “Innocence Project”. As part of this team, Celeste assisted nationally-known trial and appellate lawyers in the investigation, review, and preparation of an amicus curae brief in support of a new trial for a woman wrongfully condemned to death in Illinois. Once completed, the brief was submitted to the Illinois Supreme Court.
At the time of her death, Celeste owned a family-law practice in Bryan, Texas.
Celeste was most passionate about her son, her beloved pets (many named after Alabama football heroes), beach trips to the Alabama-Florida gulf coast, and her many close friends and family members. Celeste was charming, enthusiastic, sociable, and had a terrific sense of humor. She will be missed.
She is survived by her son, Fletcher O'Keefe King and her parents, Erin and James Kracht of College Station, TX; her sister, Lillian Fletcher Anderton, of Tuscaloosa, AL; brothers Jonathan Kracht of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Charles (Heather) Kracht of Highlands Ranch, CO; and nieces and nephews, James Anderton, Margaret Anderton, Maddison Kracht, Benjamin Kracht, Amee Kracht, and David Kracht.
She was preceded in death by her father, Frederick Fletcher.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 21st at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Bryan, TX. There will be a private memorial and inurnment of ashes in Tuscaloosa at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Celeste's name to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Endowment, 217 W 26th Street, Bryan, TX 77803 or the Aggieland Humane Society, 5359 Leonard Road, Bryan, TX 77807.