Jackie D. Fields “Jack” Fields, 89, of Freetown died Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, at his home.
Born Nov. 24, 1933, in Jackson County, he was the son of Herchel “Monk” and Gracie Lee Fields, both of whom preceded him in death. On Dec. 24, 1955, he married Barbara Joan Fish, and they were married for more than 51 years until her death in 2007.
Jackie graduated from Clearspring High School in 1951. He attended Freetown Church of Christ for many years and enjoyed many friendships and much good fellowship.
During his working years, he was employed with Arvin Industries until it’s closure. He then went to work at Cummins Engine Co. and retired from Ford Motor Co. in Bedford. During several summers,he also grew pickles for Paramount Pickles, giving many local kids some hard-earned pickling spending money. He served in the United States Army mostly in California and Germany. In his earlier healthier days, he had a great passion for raising and training Brittany spaniel bird dogs. He hunted with many good friends for many years. One of his favorite things to do was spending time hiking the hills and hollers in search of quail and grouse, no matter the weather.
He still remembered the names of most every dog he had owned or trained. Jack also moved to Georgia for a few years to train dogs and horses but always considered Jackson County his home. He loved being outdoors when his health permitted, and he loved mowing his yard, planting flowers and planting a garden.
In his indoor time, he enjoyed Westerns and watching college basketball. His favorite team to watch was IU although this year his favorite thing to say was “they sure were sorry looking.” Yet he continued to watch and be hopeful. After his wife’s death, he became a good hand at making apple and pumpkin pies. He also became the family noodle maker. Hers were the best but his were a mighty close second.
Jack was a good and kindhearted man. He would do anything he could for anyone. He genuinely loved talking to people and made many good friends in his lifetime.
He was a great and loving family man and full of love for everyone. His grandkids, Zach and Lexi, were his pride and joy, and he always participated with them in whatever ways he could whether it was playing games or going to amusement parks or choir shows or just sitting and chatting. He was always proud, always supportive and always loving. He will be loved and missed dearly always.
Survivors include his daughter, Lisa (Kenny) Williams; two grandchildren, Zach and Lexi Williams; and many nieces and nephews including one in particular, Brenda, who was like another daughter in the family.
Besides his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Bob and Donnie Fields.
The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Freetown Church of Christ with Doug Pogue officiating. Military graveside rites will be held at Freetown Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 10 a.m. until time of service Friday at the church.
Memorials may be given to the church.
Winklepleck-Weesner Funeral Home in Brownstown handled the arrangements.