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Fields Hathorn died peacefully in Allen, Texas on August 29, 2015 in at the age of 90.

Fields was born on July 8, 1925 in Ravia, Okla. to Don Kindred Hathorn and Lena Fields Hathorn. He was a second lieutenant in the Army Air core as a navigator on a bomber during WWII.
He graduated from Oklahoma A & M in 1950 with a B.S. in Music Education. He graduated with a M.A. in Music and EDS degrees from Peabody College in 1960 in Nashville, Tenn.

He married Joan Ingerham that he met during the summer getting graduate hours at Oklahoma A & M in 1955.
They had one daughter Mary Beth Hathorn Costello. He taught vocal music in Sentinel, Okla., Hooker, Okla., Hominy, Okla. and Alamogordo, N.M. He served as music minister at churches across Oklahoma, Nashville, Tenn., and Alamogordo, N.M. He opened Hathorn Cabinet Shop in Alamogordo, N.M. in 1968 and is still operated today by his nephew Alan Torrey. He is especially proud of the numerous students who pursued music as a career or hobby later in life.

Fields was an accomplished entertainer. He sang, played the harmonicas, and did expressive readings. During his college days, he was active with the student entertainers and performed extensively throughout Oklahoma. After college, he continued to perform throughout his life. He helped lead and organize four chapters of the "Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America (S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A)". He was active in the Kiwanis Club and served as district Lieutenant Governor of the Southwestern United States. He was active in Little Theater in Alamogordo, N.M. He was an active and dedicated member of the Friendship Baptist Church in Fairview, Texas. and had helped build both of their current building during his retirement. He served as deacon at Calvary Baptist Church, Alamogordo, N.M., First Baptist Church, Alamogordo, N.M., and Friendship Baptist Church in Fairview, Texas. He also served as state vice president of the Baptist Student Union for the State of Oklahoma while he was in college.

Fields is survived by his wife Joan Hathorn; his daughter and son-in-law Mary Beth and Bill Costello; and grandsons Connor Hathorn Costello and Jarod Hathorn Costello, all of Allen, Texas.

He is preceded in death by his parents Don and Lena Hathorn of Ravia, Okla.; brother Don Hugh Hathorn of Duncan, Okla.; and Ruby Lena Hathorn of Alamogordo, N.M.

A memorial service is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Wednesday, September 2, at Friendship Baptist Church in Fairview, Texas. Revs. Chad Womack and Chief Lawson will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Fields's life.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Friendship Baptist Church Music Fund, 270 Country Club Road, Fairview, Texas 75069 or the ARK Project, P.O. Box 2016 Allen, Texas 75013.
Services will be Thursday, September 3, 2015, at 12 p.m. at the Ravia Cemetery, Ravia, Oklahoma. Chad Womack will officiate the services. Services will be under the direction of Watts Funeral Home, Madill, Oklahoma.

Condolences may be sent to wattsfuneralhome.com
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Sept. 2 to Oct. 1, 2015
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