Obituary: Ophelia Fields


Funeral services for Ophelia Fields of Hanceville, Alabama will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 23 at Hanceville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Colony Community Cemetery in Hanceville. Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Friday, October 22 at Hanceville Funeral Home.

Ophelia Fields was born March 15, 1932 in Colony Alabama.

On December 26, 1949, she married James Cleophus Fields, Sr., and to this union, 12 children were born; five stillbirth, seven survived. She took pride in staying home and raising her children. When the coal mines shut down, she sought a public job and started her career at Golden-Rod Broiler, Poultry Processing Industry to help with the expense of raising children. She ended her public working with Americold Compressor Industry until she retired. During those years, Ophelia taught herself to drive—and a driver she was!

At an early age, she became a member of Pleasant Grove CME Church. In 1968, the church made a move and became known as Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church. She played a number of roles in the church: church school secretary, church treasurer and faithful choir member to name a few. But most importantly, Ophelia had a relationship with God. Ophelia was also known to have a beautiful penmanship.

On October 19, 2021, at her home in Colony, Alabama, she answered the call to join her beloved Cleophus in eternal rest.

She is preceded in death by her parents: Mural and Eddie Vaughn; all her brothers; husband: James C. Fields, Sr.; daughter: Geri (Henry) Brank and son: Maylon Jerome (Willie Rose) Fields.

Willie Rose – A devoted and loving daughter-in-law until the end.

She leaves behind one daughter: Natalie Regina DeMoss; four sons: Odis Lee (JoAnn) Minnitt, Howard Louis (Rosemary) Fields, James C. (Yvette) Fields, Jr. and Terry Wayne Fields; 28 grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.