Richard E. "Dick" Fields passed away on Wednesday, February 29th at home in Hiawassee. He
was born July 23, 1923, in Marietta, Ga. He was preceded in death by his wife Flora "Flo" Fields
and 12 brother and sisters. There are no immediate survivors.
Dick and Flo were former members of the First United Methodist church, Bethany United
Methodist Church, and Collins Memorial United Methodist, all of Atlanta. In 1982 Dick retired,
ending a 33 year career with Rich's, and they moved to Hiawassee full time and they became
members of Hiawassee United Methodist Church.
Although they had no children of their own, in each church they were involved with youth
groups. They were long time supporters of former pastors, staying in touch with them after
retirement and being sure they had sufficient funds to care for their needs.
In 1969, Dick and Flo built a second home in Hiawassee on Twin Mountain. They spent
vacations and weekends in Hiawassee. This became a gathering place for many friends on
Holidays and other occasions. Dick and Flo had a saying, "If it is not worth sharing, it is not
worth having." They were generous to friends sharing their home and love with many
throughout the years.
Dick and Flo's involvement in Hiawasee United Methodist Church led to the expansion of the
church building in downtown Hiawassee, then to building a new parsonage for the pastor, and
later to the purchase of property for the new church building on Highway 76.
Dick was President and Treasurer of the Friendship Sunday School Class. He also held several
offices in United Methodist Men and was a life member of the U.M.M. He looked forward to
the North Georgia Annual Conference United Methodist Men's Retreat at Rock Eagle each fall
and attended each one as long as his health permitted.
Dick was a long time member of Town County Lions Club and loved working at the Georgia
Mountain Fair and the music festivals.
A memorial service celebrating the life of Dick Fields will be held on Sunday, March 11th, at
200PM in the sanctuary of the Hiawassee United Methodist Church on Highway 76., Rev. James
Blair and Rev. Albert Askew officiating. In lieu of flowers, if you wish, donations may be made
to HUMC Building Fund, Hiawassee United Methodist Church, 1139 Highway 76 W., Hiawassee, Ga
Banister Funeral Home of Hiawassee GA has charge of arrangements.
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