COMER - Dallas Norman Fields, 84, resident of Magnolia Estates, Elberton, died Friday, August 12, 2011 at Nancy Hart Nursing Home following a struggle with Alzheimer's disease, heart disease and diabetes.

He was born January 14, 1927, in Elberton, the son of the late Clarence Lee Fields, Sr. and Jewel Sorrells Fields. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Clarence Lee Fields, Jr. and James Richard Ancel Fields, both of Elberton.

After graduation from high school, he enlisted in the United States Navy and was in the 4th Special Naval Construction Battalion, the "Sea Bees." His unit went into the invasion of Okinawa with the 3rd Marine Division.? After an honorable discharge, he returned to Elberton and married his wife, Ida Merle Threlkeld Fields. He began a lifelong career with the U.S. Postal Service. He retired in 1989?after reaching President of the Rural Letter Carriers Association.? He remained active and interested in the many friends and postal workers in all 50 states, which he had represented until his illness.? He was an active member for 60 years of New Hope Presbyterian Church where he served as an Elder, Clerk of the Session, and Sunday School Teacher. He was also a Boy Scout Troup Leader.? He was a wonderful father, grandfather and husband, always giving love and of himself.

Survivors include his dear wife of 64 years Ida Merle Fields of Comer; a daughter, Linda Fields Dargan and her husband Shaw of Darlington, S.C.; three grandchildren, Nichole Dargan Ambos and her husband, Hal, Savannah, and Caroline Shorey Dargan and Archie Shaw Dargan, IV, both of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; a great-grandchild, Caroline Shaw Ambos, Savannah; and one sister, Erah Beady and her husband Lewis, Anderson, S.C.

A graveside service will be held Monday, August 15, at 11 a.m. at Comer Cemetery with Mr. Tommy Fields and the Rev. Richard Hoard officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to The Alzheimer?s Association, 1925 Century Blvd., Suite 10, Atlanta, GA 30345, or the University Of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine.

Lord & Stephens Danielsville Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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