VeteranWilliam Fields

William “Bill” C. Fields, 73, of Charlotte, Tenn., died Nov. 9, 2010, at Hillcrest Healthcare Center in Ashland City, Tenn.

He was born Aug. 11, 1937, in Isabel Township, Fulton County, a son of Ramon Gordon and Nelda Brianard Fields. He married Sue Fields. She survives.

Also surviving are four daughters, Holly Bianchi, Susan Vieira, Katie Matheson and Ruth Fields; one son, William Fields II; three stepdaughters, April Murphy, Audrey Dile and Jennifer Landais; two stepsons, James Chalifour and Jeremy Chalifour; two brothers, Donald Fields of Havana and Dale Fields of Saginaw, Texas; two sisters, Shirley Mayall of Arlington, Texas, and Betty Fields of Carrollton, Texas; six grandchildren; and five step grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Jesse Fields.

He was a United States Marine veteran, beginning in 1956. He was stationed in California.

He was an Astoria High School graduate of 1955.

His parents were musicians from Arkansas instilling in Bill the love of music. At age 10, he learned to play the guitar and started writing poetry. At age 12, he learned to play the piano. He had many public musical performances over the years. Throughout the years, he wrote over 300 songs. Later, he took the lead in opening several Jack-In-The-Box restaurants in several states.

His most recent employment was a security guard at Washington Square in Nashville, Tenn., from 2002-2009. He was honored with the Security Guard of the Year Award in 2009 for his professionalism, that was the first time a part-time guard was awarded this honor.

Services were held Saturday, Nov. 13, at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Dickson, Tenn., with Darrell Harrison officiating. Cremation rites were accorded. Nashville Services and Cremation Service in Nashville, Tenn., were in charge of arrangements.


Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 12/8/2010

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