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Hardy William Fields

Hardy William Fields March 3, 1922-Aug 3, 2013 Our Dad, Hardy William Fields, 91, passed away peacefully at home in his own bed, with his loving wife sleeping beside him. Hardy was born March 3, 1922, in Waco, Texas. They started out life in Dallas until the Great Depression caused the family to move to the family farm in Lott, Texas. There Hardy learned farm life alongside his older brother, Cyrus Milton. Later the family returned to Dallas where Hardy graduated from Sunset High School. He played all sports, with special interest in baseball and track. He played minor leagues with Chuck Connors for a short time. While studying one evening, news of Pearl Harbor came on the radio. Hardy and all of his friends jumped up and enlisted in the service immediately. One of his friends had a cast on his leg, which he soaked all night in a tub, so he could enlist. Finding favor with the Merchant Marines, but thinking he was joining the Navy, he was trained in New York in pharmaceutical and business interests. They sent him to San Francisco for more study in the hospital, and then sent him off on ship to tour the Pacific, Japan, and Africa. On his return from WWII, he entered SMU, played baseball, ran track, and graduated with a BBA in business. He married Dorothy East from Dallas, and began a new life in Lubbock, Texas, where they raised two daughters, and started the business, Tuftwick Carpet. At one time, he had a mill in Georgia and three carpet businesses, one in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Austin, and Lubbock, Texas. Being passionate about all sports, his specialty became the game of golf. Hardy helped set up tournaments and tours in Austin at Onion Creek Golf Course. If you didn't know where he was, you could check there, and find him enjoying fellowship along the fairway. Hardy was an entrepreneur, and big dreamer. Always hopeful, he couldn't wait for the next deal. He encouraged many young men to go into the textile business because of his passion and enthusiasm for its future. Most of all, Hardy William Fields was an adored husband, father, and grandfather. Always smiling and full of life, he never lost energy. He showed his family the love of a father and brought them to the Lord with the simplicity of the Gospel. Never a religious man, in the sense of going to church all the time, he loved church, Jesus, people, and the freedom to love and be loved by God. He will be missed by his wife, Dorothy East Fields, his daughters Melinda Fields Gillen, Ginny Fields Hurley and husband, John; five grandchildren, Seth Gillen and wife Leila, Ginna Gillen, Morgan Gillen, Tobin Hurley and wife Janelle, and Hardy Hurley. Hardy William Fields was one in a million. We love you, Dad! Graveside services will be held at 10:00 am, Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at Mission Park North Cemetery in San Antoinio. A memorial service will be held at 5:00 pm, Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at True Life Fellowship, 1600 E. Old Settlers Blvd., Round Rock, Tx 78664.



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Published in Austin American-Statesman on Aug. 6, 2013
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