Raymond Fields, Respected and Loved Father, Husband Family head.
Born in a town called East Palatka, Florida, son of Reed and Geanie Blount Fields, spending most of his adult life in Utica, New York, eventually settling down with his beloved daughter and husband, Tina and Timothy Crampton in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, fell asleep in death to be remembered in the memory of our Lord and Savior Jehovah God on 7th of February 2024. His age at the time of passing was 96.
Raymond is survived by his children, Raymond Fields Jr, Leisa Rae (Fields) Gaither and husband Terry Lee Gaither, Tina Louise (Fields) Crampton and husband Timothy Clayton Crampton, Chyna Lyn (Fields) Robinson and husband Desmond Arthur Robinson, and Reed Alexander Fields and wife Karen Patrice Fields and his spiritual and beloved daughter and son, William (Bill) and Gaytha Bryant.
Raymond’s grandchildren, JaLyn LouRa’ Robinson, Ashton Alexander Robinson, Morgan Sinclayr Gaither and Austin William Weber.
Raymond is preceded by his siblings, Katie (Fields) Hicks, Juanita (Fields) Johnson and Amy (Fields) Antonetti. A host of beloved nieces and nephews, Gwendolyn Simmons, Carol Simmons, Luegenia Pierce, Synthia Butts, Imogene Simmons, Cynthia Jackson, Frank Taylor and Kalvester Johnson.
Born July 10, 1927, Raymond Fields quickly adapted and started out on his own at the age of 16, leaving behind a heavily segregated southern state moving up north traveling from job to job, until he settled in Utica, New York. I rarely heard Raymond speak about the trials and tribulations he went through during this perilous journey however this was a true testimony to his character and strength. A natural athlete Raymond was a skilled Boxer. At the age of 22, he was drafted into the United States Army and was deployed to Asia during the Korean Conflict as a radio operator. Raymond served 2 years and was awarded the Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Stars and the United Nations Service Medal. He was honorably discharged on 10 April1953, as a Corporal. After his discharge, he returned to Utica, New York, where he married his love and wife of 64 years, Merceree Jackson. Raymond was a true family man, and his joy was his children, he focused on teaching all of them to love one another and care for their fellow human beings.
Raymond Fields did not have a high school education when he left home several years back and worked many years in a factory to provide for his family, however he went back to get a high school diploma and continued his education studying college level drafting. Raymond had many stories to tell about his life and many colorful illustrations. Often spending time with his children, he also had a wisdom that was astounding, and the most charitable nature you could imagine. He also had a fierce side when it came to protection of his loved ones. Raymond enjoyed writing poetry, nature and often liked to fish. Raymond dedicated his life to Jehovah God on July 28, 1990. He was a member of the Central Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Utica New York.
At this point, Jehovah gods holy spirit was taken to heart and transformed Raymond into a true servant of Jehovah God. He participated in the ministry preaching the good news of God’s Kingdom to all he met, along with his wife and love, Merceree.
In the twilight of his years, Raymond and his wife moved from Utica, New York to Kennett Square, PA to live with his caring, loving daughter, Tina and her husband, Tim, who cared and nurtured both Raymond and Merceree. Merceree, proceeded Raymond in the sleep of death on July 21, 2020. Raymond Fields passed away peacefully and suddenly at Chester County Hospital, in West Chester Pennsylvania . Raymond Fields, loyal servant of Jehovah God, Husband, Father, loved by many, will be deeply missed.
Those who wish to remember Raymond in their special way may send gifts in lieu of flowers to his favorite charity the association for the blind or your own favorite charity………………
A viewing will be from 2:00PM until 3:00PM with a funeral service at 3:00PM on Sunday, February 18, 2024 at the LONGWOOD FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION of MATTHEW GENEREUX, 913 East Baltimore Pike, Kennett Square. Interment in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery will be at 10:00AM on Monday, February 19, 2024.
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