John Walter Fields, 73, died on March 17, 2018, in Georgetown, South Carolina. Johnny was born on September 7, 1944, in Florence, South Carolina, to Frances Hicks Fields and Craig Foch Fields, Sr.
During the Vietnam War, Johnny served in the United States Army and earned a Purple Heart for valor in the field. Following his discharge, Johnny completed a Bachelor of Science in Marketing at the University of South Carolina in 1970 and went on to earn his Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1973.
Following graduation, Johnny settled in Seneca, South Carolina to begin his law practice. Johnny enjoyed a successful legal career in Oconee County for nearly 45 years, litigating civil, domestic, and criminal cases. In later years, he focused his practice on real estate, criminal defense, and business law. His professional honors include an invitation to join the American Board of Trial Advocates.
Throughout his career, Johnny was committed to serving the citizens of Oconee County—first as a Seneca City Judge from 1973 to 1976 and then as Assistant Solicitor for the 10th Judicial Circuit from 1976 to 1980. Johnny also served as the City Attorney for the City of Seneca from 1979 to 1986, was a member of the City Council from 1992 to 1994 and, in 1994, was elected Mayor of Seneca—a position he held until 1998. Johnny worked to revitalize downtown Seneca and was most proud of facilitating the renovation of Ram Cat Alley.
Johnny was an avid South Carolina Gamecock and was thrilled beyond measure to serve his alma mater in various roles. Johnny was honored to be a member of the University of South Carolina Board of Trustees from 2005 to 2008. He also served on USC’s Board of Visitors, including as Chairman of the Board of Visitors from 2001 to 2002, and was a member of the USC Alumni Association Board of Governors. At the time of his death, Johnny was again serving on the USC Board of Visitors and was a Member of the Board of Directors of the USC Development Foundation.
In a resolution passed by the University of South Carolina Board of Trustees in 2008, Johnny was recognized as being “known across South Carolina for continuously spreading good cheer, good will, and good works and for an infectious smile.”
Indeed, Johnny never met a stranger and his gift of gab resulted in many life-long friendships. Johnny’s positive outlook impacted friends and strangers alike. He is remembered for his sharp sense of style, quick wit, and generous and gregarious demeanor.
More than anything, Johnny loved his wife and family and regaled anyone who would listen with stories of his grandchildren whom he adored.
Johnny is survived by his beloved wife, Donna Craig Fields, of Salem, South Carolina; his daughter, Nina Hunter Fields Britt and husband, James Laurent Britt, Jr. of Charleston, South Carolina; his son, Joshua Hunter Fields and wife, Lauren Parker Fields, also of Charleston; grandchildren Parker Hunter Fields, Frances Hunter Fields, and James Hunter Britt, of Charleston; stepdaughter Sara Beckham Letson Tuttle of Florence and husband Paul Augustus Tuttle III; stepson Townsend Craig Letson of Spartanburg; step-granddaughters, Charlotte Love Tuttle and Abigail Drennan Tuttle of Florence. He is survived by his nephew Bert Fields of Columbia, and his cousins, Dr. John R. Hicks, of Murrell’s Inlet, and Pamela Hicks Schooler of Columbia. Johnny was predeceased by his brother, Craig Foch Fields, Jr.
Johnny was a member of Seneca Presbyterian Church for many years, having served as a Deacon for a number of years. For the past fifteen years, Johnny was a loyal and dedicated member of Bethel Presbyterian Church.
A memorial service and celebration of Johnny’s life will take place on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at 3:00pm at the Seneca Presbyterian Church in Seneca, South Carolina.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Seneca Presbyterian Church, 115 West South First Street, Seneca, SC 29678, Bethel Presbyterian Church, Post Office Box 617, Walhalla, SC 29691, or the University of South Carolina Board of Visitors Scholarship Fund, University of South Carolina, Office of Gift Processing, 1027 Barnwell Street, Columbia, SC 29208, or by visiting: https://give.evertrue.com/sc/john-w-fields-memoria...
Condolences may be expressed at: www.burroughsfh.com
Burroughs Funeral Home and Cremation Services (843-651-1440) is assisting the Fields family during this difficult time.
Celebration of Life
Seneca Presbyterian Church
Saturday March 24th, 2018
115 W. South 1st Street
Seneca, SC 29678
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John will never have to face the last enemy death ever again. In the meantime, his acts of faith live on until he stands up alive and whole in the Paradise.
Isaiah 25:8 "He will swallow up death forever, And the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces."
Submitted by Heather on Mar 26 2018 02:33:46 PM
To the John Field family,
We express our deepest sympathy to each of John's family members. John was a descent, well-mannered, kind and enjoyable man. He always wanted to give of himself. We are all so proud of his work on Ram Cat Alley. He leaves a great legacy in so many different areas. May God bless each one of you.
The LC Alexander family
Submitted by The LC Alexander family, Seneca, SC on Mar 25 2018 11:59:24 PM
Margaret Anne and I want to offer our sincere condolences to you and the entire Fields Family. I have know Johnny since childhood and have always considered him a long-time friend. The photo I attached I hope brinsg back recent and fond memories.
Submitted by Pat and Margaret Anne Early on Mar 23 2018 04:58:34 PM
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Gene and I are both so sorry to hear of Johnny passing.. He was always a good friend and one that if needed in our business was a great attorney. We will truly miss him.
Submitted by Gene and Brenda Bradsher,Sylva,NC on Mar 22 2018 05:26:03 PM
Johnny will be greatly missed. He was a good friend and contributed greatly to his community and to this state. We had many great times golfing and socializing over the years. We were Law School classmates, both having recently returned from Viet Nam. He was a great man in all respects.
Love and Sympathy to you and your family. Mike and Laura Mullinax
Submitted by MIke Mullinax on Mar 22 2018 03:25:38 PM
My sincerest condolences to John's family. I did not have the opportunity to know him well, but every meeting with him was a joy. His quick wit and light heart warmed every conversation. He will be missed!
Submitted by Carol Anne Johnson on Mar 22 2018 10:18:54 AM
Josh Sorry for your loss. I can remember hanging out at your house and him coming up stairs and saying "stay cool cats". Josh thanks for letting me have pleasure to meet your dad!
Submitted by Rob Ross on Mar 21 2018 05:45:45 PM
Martha and I devasted by the loss of Johnny. He was our friend. Our thoughts and prayers, in Christ, are with Donna and the entire family, during this time.
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Submitted by Bee/Martha Strain on Mar 21 2018 10:59:53 AM
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