Jerry Fields Obituary
Jerry and Tom pulling Max ( in white shirt) in the wagon. Even at 2 years old Jerry liked cars and trucks

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In Memory of

Mr. Jerry Bill Fields

September 8, 1925 - July 24, 2014
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Jerry was born on September 8, 1925 at home by Dr. Cheetam in Diamond Missouri. His parents were Frank C and Alice Fields. Jerry was raised in Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. He was raised to be warm, caring and friendly and even as a child, Jerry had the ability to lift the spirits of all those around him. Always a good playmate, Jerry was easygoing and fun loving. He managed to lighten the mood wherever he was, even during family squabbles. He seemed to have a knack for bringing compromise and erasing tense situations around the house. Due to a generous dose of common sense, Jerry managed to find a satisfying solution to basic problems. Jerry was raised with four siblings, hid older sister Lavern and three younger brothers Tom, Frank and Max. All of Jerry's playful good humor carried over into his childhood. He was possessed with an outgoing personality, a lively imagination and a mellowed enthusiasm for life that allowed him to be constantly on the go. As a result, Jerry experienced a rather active childhood, and this suited him very well. In high school he played trumpet in the band and was a member of the 4-H club. Another one of Jerry's memorable achievements included being the lead actor in his high school play "Miss Adventure". Jerry enjoyed others’ laughter and the sounds of his friends and acquaintances having a good time. Experience was Jerry's best teacher and he enjoyed hands-on learning. You could say he...
Jerry was born on September 8, 1925 at home by Dr. Cheetam in Diamond Missouri. His parents were Frank C and Alice Fields. Jerry was raised in Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. He was raised to be warm, caring and friendly and even as a child, Jerry had the ability to lift the spirits of all those around him.

Always a good playmate, Jerry was easygoing and fun loving. He managed to lighten the mood wherever he was, even during family squabbles. He seemed to have a knack for bringing compromise and erasing tense situations around the house. Due to a generous dose of common sense, Jerry managed to find a satisfying solution to basic problems. Jerry was raised with four siblings, hid older sister Lavern and three younger brothers Tom, Frank and Max.

All of Jerry's playful good humor carried over into his childhood. He was possessed with an outgoing personality, a lively imagination and a mellowed enthusiasm for life that allowed him to be constantly on the go. As a result, Jerry experienced a rather active childhood, and this suited him very well. In high school he played trumpet in the band and was a member of the 4-H club. Another one of Jerry's memorable achievements included being the lead actor in his high school play "Miss Adventure".

Jerry enjoyed others’ laughter and the sounds of his friends and acquaintances having a good time. Experience was Jerry's best teacher and he enjoyed hands-on learning. You could say he applied the “practical” approach to knowledge. Jerry attended Lancaster High School and Duncanville High School. During his senior year, Jerry was called to service. He was happy to defend his country during WWII. Upon his return home, he studied rigorously to receive his GED.

Jerry never actually encountered a stranger in his dealings with people. He was drawn to individuals and crowds, using his gregarious, adaptable and outgoing personality to make conversation with just about anyone over just about anything. This quality allowed Jerry to continually develop new relationships, ever widening his circle of friends. Jerry utilized his interest in others as a great way to connect with them. While growing up, some of his best friends were Billy Jenkins, Dorothy Jenkins and Betty Clark. Later in life, he became friends with Donnie and Carol Dixon, DW and Henri Eves, Ann and Bruce Davis, Charlie and Kate Hicks, Lannie and Faye Bushong, Paul and Nan Lloyd, June and Orville Hairston. Jerry loved sharing life and having his home filled with people he knew.

The gift of being emotionally expressive and outwardly affectionate made Jerry very easy to approach. So easy in fact that he met the love of his life on a blind date about 65 years ago. On May 5, 1950 Jerry exchanged wedding vows with Dixie Cooney at his parents’ home in Dallas Texas. He tried hard every day of his life to make his wife feel loved and happy. He was always sensitive to other people’s feelings, and that was especially true in marriage.

The most important thing to Jerry was family. He and Dixie were blessed with three beautiful daughters, Sherrie, Toni and Dixie Margaret. They were also blessed with six grandchildren, Chris, Brandie, Amanda, Samantha, Jeremy and Mason, as well as eleven great grandchildren, Emily, Matthew, Andrew, Jonathan, Caden, Aiden, Arington, Courtney, Waylan, Axton and Cody. Jerry had the ability to focus his attention on the present and never take advantage of the time he spent with family. If he was spending time with the kids, he used it as an opportunity to teach them about the important things in life. Among those were what a hard day’s work really meant, the value of a person’s word, and how important family really was.

At work, as in life, Jerry was a real “people person.” He had a very successful way of dealing effectively with others, and his enthusiasm and energy was often contagious. When dealing with various projects and problems, Jerry was an adaptable realist, using his common sense and trusting his experiences and impulses to uncover the correct answer. Jerry was a talented brick mason and home builder. He was the owner and operator of Fields Construction from 1955 to 1980. He also taught at Duncanville High School teaching Builders Trade from 1980 to 1982. He was also a home builder from 1983 to 1995, when he built his last home for his daughter Toni and her family.

Jerry was an U. S. Army Veteran. He was in the 62nd Armored Infantry Battalion, 14th Armored Division 1944-1946. Jerry saw action in WWII spending much of his time fighting in Germany and France. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of Private 1st Class. He received several awards including a Bronze Star.
Jerry enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. A handyman all his life, Jerry liked creating and making things. He and his wife were also avid travelers who enjoyed riding motorcycles, boating, water skiing and snow skiing. He also liked working on old tractors and could build just about anything.

Jerry felt excited and challenged by sports. Even if he wasn’t the best, Jerry loved to participate and thoroughly enjoyed the competition and the pleasure of being around other people. Jerry relished the opportunities where he could make an impact, and he would often push himself to play above his abilities. A quick thinker who understood the basics, Jerry never seemed to get caught off guard, even when confronted with unexpected conflict. In high school, Jerry played baseball. Recreational sports included coaching girls softball. Jerry was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were football and the Dallas Cowboys.

Jerry had an endless appetite for new and different activities. He was always ready to join in the fun and add his flair and energy to an organization. Because of his personality, his humor, and his ability to get along with everyone, Jerry's service was greatly valued by the organizations to which he belonged. In high school, Jerry was a member of the Drama Club and FFA. Throughout his later years, Jerry was an active member of the Auxiliary Coast Guard and the Home Owners Assoc. in Duncanville.

Vested with a deep concern for spiritual development, Jerry recognized that his faith was important to him throughout his life. He was a member Northside Baptist, Clearview Methodist, First Methodist in Duncanville and was a Founding Member for Trinity Methodist in Duncanville. During that time, he was Choir Director at Clearview and UMYF Director at First Methodist in Duncanville and Trinity.

Living life in the fast lane suited Jerry just fine. It is no surprise that he loved to travel and to visit new and different places. He was naturally curious about other parts of the world and loved the real life adventure that came from visiting them. He was impulsive and willing to try anything once. Favorite vacations included a sailboat cruise to St. Thomas, Austria and Germany, and several family vacations to Florida and New Mexico. But his favorite times were weekend get-togethers with family and friends at his house at Lake Whitney that he built by hand in 1985.

Jerry was a lover of animals and cherished his pets, enjoying them almost as much as he enjoyed being around other people. One of Jerry's favorites was his faithful dog Bandie. They were best friends for 11 years. His family was rounded out by his 4 cats Brownie, Tiger, Charlotte, and Tom.

Jerry believed that you had to experience life, and his life in retirement was no different. When that day finally arrived in 1995, Jerry took it in stride as one more way to have fun. With his boundless energy and a desire to get the most out of life, Jerry remained busy with people and projects. Even in retirement, Jerry continued to stay in touch with his old friends and, since he'd never met a stranger, he made plenty of new acquaintances as well.

Jerry passed away on July 24, 2014 at Kindred Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. While serving in WWII he was in a half track tank accident that took two soldiers lives. The tank overturned, trapping Jerry inside which cause him to inhale diesel fuel. This later affected his lungs and caused his Pulmonary Fibrosis which led to his death. He is survived by his older sister Lavern, wife Dixie, three daughters Sherrie, Toni and Dixie Margaret, six grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. Services were held at Laurel Land Chapel in Fort Worth, Texas. Jerry was laid to rest at Laurel Land in the Veterans Liberty Section.

Jerry brought joy to all of those around him. He never had a mean bone in his body. He loved to have a good time and was an eternal optimist, always looking on the bright side of things. He loved to share his energy, wit, and his zest for all of his activities with his friends and family. Mr. Jerry Bill Fields lived life to its fullest and made everyone around him happier just for knowing him. He will be remembered with a smile.

"Very sorry to hear of your loss. Our hearts and prayers go out to our extended family. Peter Paul & Janet Cooney, Lufkin, Tx Mary Beth Cooney Jamison,..." Ann Jamison (Houston, TX)

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