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Jim Fielding loved God, family and country. His life was directed by these loves. Through God's love he served others. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, your soul, and your mind. Love your neighbor as yourself, always try to help, be faithful and kind. Through God's love, he served his church as a teacher and a deacon.
He joined the Air Force and served for twenty years all over the world. Jim was a warrior who served three tours in Vietnam. As a young man, the Air Force taught him about leadership, hard work, dedication, and responsibility that carried through the rest of his life. As a sergeant, he learned about teaching and leading by example.
Jim married his childhood sweetheart, Edith Leech, the love of his life. They had three sons that made them proud and gave Jim a chance to again teach young men about God, country and family. Then they were blessed with twin daughters that made Jim's life complete. Two daughters that doted on their father, and made him feel like he was the luckiest man in the world.
Jim Fielding was a warrior. He fought in Vietnam for his country and learned to never, never, never, give up. Press on no matter what the odds. Believe in the Lord and He will give you the strength and courage to move forward.
After Jim's retirement from the United States Airforce, Jim began his 22 year career with John Deere, where he served the farmers and construction workers
of West Tennessee. Upon retirement from John Deere, Jim joined the South Jackson Civitan Club where Jim continued to serve the south Jackson community with passion and dedication.
At the end of his life he fought to be an example for his children and grandchildren. A warrior that kept getting up, kept believing, kept fighting. The Lord welcomes Jim and says, "Welcome home my brave, loyal and faithful son."
Jim was born on May 8, 1943 to the late E.E. and Elizabeth Fielding, both of Jackson, TN.
Jim leaves behind his devoted wife of 48 ½ years, Edith Leech Fielding of Jackson; three sons, Randy Fielding and wife Peggy, Jeff Fielding and wife Sheree, Jimmy Fielding
and wife Tracy; two daughters, Jennifer Fielding White and husband Richie, Jessica Fielding Beaver and husband Shane Beaver; eight grandchildren, Brittany Wright, Tyler Kelly, Ciera Fielding, Erica Fielding, Morgan Fielding, Kayla Beaver, Matthew White and Maddux White; one great- grandchild, Braelyn Wright; one sister, Kaye Fielding Howell of Jackson; and one brother, Kenneth Fielding of Sun City, CA.
Jim is preceded in death by his grandchild, Brett Maddux White.
Services: Funeral services will be held on Sunday, July 14, 2013 at 2 p.m., at Meridian Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Ebenezer Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Saturday, July 13, 2013 from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Meridian Baptist Church, and on Sunday, July 14, 2013 at 12 p.m. until the service time at 2 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Meridian Baptist Church.
George A. Smith and Sons South Chapel, (731) 427-5555.
Published in The Jackson Sun from July 13 to July 14, 2013