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James "Jim" Wayne Fields

July 27, 1946May 12, 2020

James “Jim” Wayne Fields, age 73, of White Lake, died Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at his home, surrounded by his loving family. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Anita; his three children: Amy (Aaron) Grzymkowski, James (Tina) Fields, and Mark A. (Shari) Fields; nine grandchildren: Jackson, Harrison, Abigail, Pierce, Coleman, Esmé, Asher, Gracie, and Audric; his siblings: Lorraine Huddleston, Edward (Corrie) Fields, and Freda (Larry) Holt; a myriad of brothers and sisters-in-law and many nieces, nephews, and extended family members that he held so very dear in life.

Jim was born July 27, 1946, in Middlesboro, Kentucky, the son of James Coleman and Ruth (Fuson) Fields. As a teenager, Jim was introduced to Anita Varney at Shiloh Free Will Baptist Church in Detroit. Jim and Anita started dating, fell in love, and were married on August 23, 1969. From 1966 until 1968, Jim proudly served his country in the U.S. Army, stationed in Fort Hood, Texas. After his discharge, he went on to a successful career with the Chrysler Corporation for 43 years until his retirement in the fall of 2008. Jim was a dedicated Christian who served his churches faithfully in the role of Deacon and Sunday School teacher alike. In his free time, Jim enjoyed crossword puzzles, playing mahjong, going fishing, and road trips and cruises all over the United States and the Caribbean. However, above all else, Jim loved to spend time with his family; especially his beloved grandchildren!

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, James Coleman and Ruth, and his sister Marylou Thomason.

Jim will be buried at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan, at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. In lieu of flowers, those desiring may consider memorial contributions in his honor to the Oxbow Lake Baptist Church in White Lake.


  • Burial

    Tuesday, May 19, 2020


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Cynthia Mose

May 16, 2020

My late husband and I loved Jim Fields not only as a Sunday School teacher but as a good friend. I will always remember his sense of humor and love of life. Both he and Anita have done so much for so many.

It is a blessing to know he is now home with God and that this is not "goodbye" but just "see you later"! I know he and Vic are both fully healed and enjoying the life we are looking forward to.

Charlie Varney

May 15, 2020

Dear Uncle Jim will be missed,he was such a great Uncle that loved me like one of his own .I will always remember his funny stories and his big powerful laugh. Here is picture of him and Aunt Anita with my sister Teresa back in 1966

Gwen Collins

May 15, 2020

I'm so sorry for your loss. I have so many precious memories of Jim and your entire family. We've had many good times together. We worshipped the Lord together for many years at Shiloh Free Will Baptist Church in Detroit. He was a very dedicated Christian man and loved the Lord and his family. Just remember "to be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord". We will all see him again. Love and prayers, Gwen


May 14, 2020

It was with a heavy heart I heard of Jim's passing he was a wonderful man who will be missed by all. I have known the family for more years than I can remember and everyone who has ever crossed their paths have felt their love and faith. God has definitely received another angel. His loss will be felt deeply within his family and by those that loved him but we will all meet again some day and rejoice in heaven. God Bless you Anita, Amy, James, Mark and families we love you.

Peggy Carter

May 14, 2020

So sorry to hear of Jimmy’s death. You are in my thought and prayers. Peggy Carter

Jason Hoover

May 14, 2020

Mr Fields was an excellent man, and father to my best friend Jim Fields! In his sons and daughter you see a reflection of his own life! The Fields family is faithful, loving and fiercely loyal! Their commitment to their Christian faith is a testimony to their fathers life well lived!
I recall a week or so after my friend Jim joined the Army I visited Mr. and Mrs. fields to check in on them and probably because I was feeling pretty down myself knowing my friend was gonna be gone for a few years! Mr. Fields did nothing to make me feel better saying “ jason it’s never gonna be the same, you’ll probably never see him again” he said this of course because he himself was missing his son so much but in the moment I was upset by the despair! He was wrong, maybe for the first time ever, Jim and I have remained great friends and he continued to be proud of his sons and daughter.... I on the other hand, no longer felt guilty for drinking Mr Fields private stash of chocolate milk every time I visited.
I love you dearly Fields family, your father and Husband was a unknowing example to me and all of us boys!
I’m humbled knowing he precedes is in the glory of salvation, and I long for the peace he now KNOWS more clearly than we can hope to imagine!


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