Earl L. Fields, 80, of Waynesville died at 8:18 p.m. Friday (Nov. 3, 2017) at St. Clara's Manor in Lincoln.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Waynesville Christian Church with Mr. Dave Taylor officiating.
Visitation will be held from 9 until 11 a.m. on Wednesday prior to the service.
Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery. Military Rites will be accorded by Waynesville American Legion Post #1189.
Earl Lewis Fields was born on Oct. 23, 1937 in rural Dewitt County, the son of Lewis and Mildred Preston Fields. He was united in marriage to Marlene Taylor on June 29, 1958. She survives.
He is also survived by his daughter, Robin Talley and grandson, Dalton Talley, of Minier; four sisters, Dortha Terrell of Waynesville, Nellie Nelson and Sara Campbell of Clinton and Verna Friedmansky of Lexington; 13 nieces and nephews; special great niece Teresa (Eric) Hoff and great-great nephews, Conner, Kelhan and Owen.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, and one sister.
Earl graduated from Atlanta High School in 1956. He served in the United States Army from 1961 to 1963, being stationed in Heidleberg, Germany.
He was employed at Stetson China Factory, Cutler-Hammer (Eaton), Koberlein Hog Production, and later, owned and operating Fields Food Fair Grocery Store and co-licensed owner/operator of Fields Day Care.
He was an active member of the Waynesville Christian Church, serving as chairman of the board and on the buildings and grounds committee.
Earl was an avid Cubs fan.
Earl was loved and will be greatly missed by my friends, loved ones including his fur baby, Piper. A special thank you to the Waynesville Fire department and all the staff at St. Clara's Manor for the special loving care they gave to Earl this past year.
In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Waynesville Christian Church or Waynesville Fire Department.
Quiram Peasley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.