ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WDHN) — The City of Enterprise mourns the loss of a pillar in their community.

On Friday, September 30th, Richard Fleming died at the age of 94. Fleming was a former Enterprise City Councilmember from 1972-1988, and also served as a fire and police commissioner.

Fleming served as a medic in the Navy during World War II. Years after, he opened Fleming Ford Tractor Company on Bellwood Road, supporting the Enterprise community for 60 years.

Also referred to as “the candy man,” Fleming was known to pass out sweets, especially on Sundays and Wednesdays at First Baptist Church.

Fleming was also an active member of the Lions Club until his health prevented him from attending functions. He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Ruth, in 2016.

“Richard was a champion for Enterprise. He was not only a prominent businessman, but he was a family man. He was always so good about helping people in the community. He will be missed by many, but the legacy he leaves behind will remain.”

Mayor William E. Cooper

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, October 2, 2022, at First Baptist Church of Enterprise. For more information, please visit the Searcy Funeral Home website at https://www.searcyfuneralhome.com/obituary/richard-fleming.