Who is the billionaire family of missing teacher Eliza Fletcher?

Missing Memphis teacher Eliza Fletcher comes from a pedigreed Tennessee family that founded a private $3.2 billion hardware business and is well known in the city.

Fletcher, 34, disappeared on Friday after being violently abducted during her morning jog. Cleotha Abston was charged on Sunday with particularly aggravated kidnapping and tampering with evidence, but her motive remains unclear and Fletcher has yet to be located.

His grandfather, the late Joseph “Joe” Orgill III, ran Orgill Inc., a hardware supply business that currently employs over 5,500 people.

Orgill, who died at age 80 in March 2018, was a respected Memphis businessman and philanthropist, according to his obituary in the Commercial Appeal newspaper.

The newspaper describes Orgill Inc. as an “under-the-radar company”, stating that “most people in Memphis have no idea the reach of Orgill Inc.”

Kidnapping victim Eliza ‘Liza’ Fletcher (right) and her husband in an undated social media photo.
Instagram/Liza Fletcher
Eliza Fletcher
Fletcher, now a mother of two young boys, married her husband, Richard James Fletcher III in a lavish ceremony in 2014 that seemed to spare no expense.
Instagram/Liza Fletcher

The company claims it is “the world’s largest independent distributor of sustainable products, providing retailers in North America and more than 60 countries around the world with access to more than 75,000 retail products and services. at the forefront of the industry”.

Under his grandfather’s leadership, Orgill Inc. grew from a regional company to a global leader in hardware supplies.

Forbes ranked Orgill as the 143rd largest private company in the nation in 2021, generating $3.2 billion in revenue that year.

Fletcher herself seemed like an avid runner who loved the outdoors.  Memphis Magazine described her as a
Fletcher herself seemed like an avid runner who loved the outdoors. Memphis Magazine described her as a “natural” girl – nature, athletic, and warm.
Instagram/Eliza Fletcher

According to Historic Memphis, Orgill is the oldest continuously operating business in the city, founded in 1847.

Fletcher, now a mother of two young boys, married her husband, Richard James Fletcher III in a lavish ceremony in 2014 that seemed to spare no expense.

Local event planners “without hesitation” declared it the most memorable wedding of the year, according to Memphis Magazine.

“There hasn’t been another wedding like this in Memphis,” wedding pros Russell Whitehead and Ruthie Bowlin told the magazine.

His grandfather, the late Joseph
His grandfather, the late Joseph “Joe” Orgill III, ran Orgill Inc., a hardware supply business that currently employs over 5,500 people.
Orgil inc.

The service took place at a church where the couple met, and the party that followed was held in a custom-made tent with hand-painted wood floors.

Fletcher herself seemed like an avid runner who loved the outdoors. Memphis Magazine described her as a “natural” girl – nature, athletic, and warm.

In a particularly chilling social media post from 2020, Fletcher asked his Facebook friends for recommendations for their favorite true-crime podcast.

“Loved Tom Brown’s body,” she commented of the show investigating the 2016 disappearance of a popular high school student.

“We love true crime,” she wrote in another comment.

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