Brian Douglas Fields

April 22, 1945May 2, 2014
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Brian Douglas Fields, 69, of Van Buren, died May 2, 2014 in Fort Smith. He was born April 22, 1945 in Fort Smith to James Dudley and Catherine G. Connaughton Fields. He was a retired Colonel from the 188th Fighter Wing, Arkansas Air National Guard, and he retired as Vice Commander after over 30 years of service. He spent his career flying fighter jets such as the F-100, F-4, and the F-16. Brian loved the Lord, and his faith in God and focus on Him were the hallmarks of his life. He attended City Christian Fellowship Church and was active with United Blood Services and Habitat for Humanity in Fort Smith.

He is survived by his wife Kathy of the Home; one daughter, Angella and her husband Adam Baker of Fort Smith; two sons, Marc Fields of Fort Smith and Heath and his wife Julie Conley of Van Buren; one sister, Jadean Keller of Forney, TX; one brother, Michael Fields of Fort Smith; seven grandchildren, Patric Brennan, Noah Baker, Emma Baker, Isaac Conley, Abraham Conley, Lily Conley, and Megan Shouse; and three great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Cissie Fields; and sister, Mary Golofski.

Funeral service will be Monday, May 5, 2014 at 10:00 AM in the City Christian Fellowship Church with burial to follow in Roselawn Cemetery all under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Dwayne Bell, Doug Lamb, Johnny Johnson, Charles Angel, Bobby Burns, and Justin Blasingame.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Ralph Obana, Robert McKenzie, Danny Udouj, Leon Sparks, and Gary Udouj.

The family will greet friends at Edwards Funeral Home on Sunday from 2-4 PM

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  • Visitation Sunday, May 4, 2014
  • Funeral Service Monday, May 5, 2014

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Dwayne Bell

October 30, 2014

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Jay Poppe

September 19, 2014

A faithful man with a heart for his missions in life, be it the service to his country or to his community with Habitat for Humanity. We are all saddened by your families loss. I owe a great debt to Brian for his faith he had in me 12 years ago. May God bring Brian into his loving embrace.

Dwayne Bell

May 12, 2014

“For as high as the heavens are above the earth, So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him. ... For He Himself knows our fame; He is mindful that we are but dust. As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes. When the wind has passed over it, it is no more, And its place acknowledges it no longer. But the lovingkindness of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children's children, To those who keep His covenant And remember His precepts to do them.” (Psalm 103:11–18)

Brian you finished your race well, and fought the good fight. You were a loyal and treasured friend. The Lord's blessing on your family in this season, and forever.


May 6, 2014


Helen Narisi

May 6, 2014

May your loving memories be long and your sorrows short. Brian shared with me through emails his love for The Lord and his strong faith. He explained his beliefs and his favorite Scriptures. He knew that he was in God's loving care. I am Blessed to have been a friend. Helen Ann Narisi Naples, Florida

Dan & Paula Udouj

May 5, 2014

May the Lord bless you Kathy and family. Paula and I will be praying for you and your family for the Lord's comfort and grace.

Mike Jansen

May 5, 2014

Knew Brian from high school and flew with him in the 70's - F101 and F100. I have only the best of memories from our days at the 188th. My condolences to Brian's family. He was truly a good one.

Joe Wewers

May 5, 2014

My deepest sympathy to Kathy and family. I knew Brian from St Anne's Academy. Also served with him in the 188th Fighter Wing for many years. I will always remember our telephone conversations that would go for 30-45 minutes. He loved the Lord and had the greatest faith. He was an inspiration for me. He will be missed.

May 4, 2014

Deepest sympathy to Brian's family. I attended St. Anne's with Brian. I will keep your family in my prayers.

Janie Sue McNally

May 4, 2014

Deepest sympathy to the family of an old friend. Richard Rogers (Greensboro, NC)