James H. Fields, (Jim), died peacefully in his home on March 31, 2020 from congestive heart failure at 95 years old.
His beloved wife of 73 years, Carolyn was at his side, along with family and friends including his two best friends, Aubrey Burnette and Frank Jones, and his pastor Ron Capes.
Jim was born on February 27, 1925 in Newnan, Georgia. He was the youngest of 10 children born to Eliza Long Fields and Robert Lee Fields. He was preceded in death by his parents and all of his brothers and sisters, and by his treasured son Andrew Lee Fields. He is survived by his wife Carolyn Hale Fields, sons Stephan Alan Fields, (Cookie) and Kenneth Hale Fields, (Liz), daughter Mary-Catherine Fields; grandchildren Brian Andrew Fields, Jenny Maddox,(Brandon), Melissa Latil, (Nathan), and Stephanie Rittenhouse, (Trey); great grandchildren Oliver, Ian, Noah, Elle, Jake, Harper, Dalton, Ritt, and Wyatt; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
After graduating from Newnan High School and earning an Associate Degree from Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee, he entered the Army Air Corps and began pilot training. During WWII he was a B-24 and a B-29 instructor pilot at Maxwell Air Force in Montgomery, Alabama. He met his wife Carolyn Hale at a Capitol Heights Methodist Church picnic in Montgomery and they were married five years later.
After the birth of their first son Andy, he began active duty to support the Berlin AirLift, which he flew for 2 years. After finishing his tour of duty in Germany, he retired from active duty and entered the Air Force Reserves. He began flying for Delta Airlines in 1950 starting on the DC-6. After 35 years, flying various airplanes he retired in 1985 as a Captain on the Lockheed L-1011. The last 12 years of his career he flew weekly to Frankfurt, Germany and London, England. He was a dedicated member of the Palmetto First United Methodist Church in Palmetto, GA for 65 years. During that time he served in a number of different positions, including member of the Administrative Board, Chairman of Board of Trustees, Church Treasurer for 25 years, and he was instrumental in building the church parsonage.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on July 24, 2021 at Palmetto First United Methodist Church, at 504 Church Street, Palmetto, Georgia. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m., with the service beginning at 2 p.m.. Those who wish to honor Jim in a special way may make gifts in his memory to Palmetto First United Methodist Church.