John Lewis Fields, 66, of Oak Island, formerly of Greensboro, ended his valiant fight with Leukemia on Monday, April 3, 2023 at UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill.
Funeral will be 2:00 PM Monday, April 10, 2023 at Hillsdale Primitive Baptist Church in Summerfield. A burial with military honors will follow at the church cemetery.
John was known as a man that loved his family. At a young age, he took on the role of father figure to his younger brothers and sister looking after them and his mother until he left to proudly serve with the United States Marine Corps. It was important to John to be the man of the house and big brother to his siblings even into his adulthood. This love of family continued with his daughter and grandchildren as well. John was known as a master carpenter that could design and build anything that could be imagined from skyscrapers in Raleigh to wood spiral staircases in Irving Park to personal gifts to friends and family. He practiced his woodworking art with Carolina Carpentry that he owned and operated until he retired to Oak Island. John was a man of deep convictions that worked hard. He was a powerful man that had a strong handshake for the public but also had a softer side with warm hugs for his family, especially his grandchildren that he doted on as often as he could. He also loved the outdoors, loved fishing with family and friends, and had a love for animals, always having a dog by his side.
John is preceded in death by his parents, John L. Fields, Sr. and Donnie V. Ellis; brother, Michael Fields; and brother-in-law, Jimmy Swaim.
He is survived by his wife, Judi Fields; daughter, Jessica Fields (Brad Ivan); step children, Elizabeth King, Lauren Thacker (Wes Camping), Heather Thacker (Michael Sharpe), Drew Thacker (Cierra Weatherman); siblings, Benny Fields (Pat), Donna Swaim, and John Ellis, III (Denise); granddaughter, Hayden Ivan; step grandchildren, Gavin Jarrett, Grayson Jarrett, Audrey King, Weston Camping, Keller Sharpe, and Amelia Thacker; along with a host of nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 4-6 pm Saturday, April 8, 2023 at George Brothers Funeral Service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 6704, Hagerstown, MD 21741 or to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
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