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Ron Fields 1946 – 2019

By Tommy Stargell | Oct 11, 2019
Ron Fields

Scottsville, Va. — Rondall L. Fields was born on May 7, 1946, and passed away on Monday, September 16, 2019, at age 73.

He graduated from the University of Virginia, Wise, in 1967. He served his country in the United States Army, including a tour in Vietnam.

Upon his return from Vietnam, he attended and graduated from the Medical College of Virginia School of Pharmacy in 1973. He practiced pharmacy for over forty years.

He is survived by his wife of forty years, Rebecca Dougan Fields.

The Fields family of Lee County, Virginia was a large and extended one. Ron had four brothers and a sister plus a host of nieces and nephews. In any list of his family Ron would certainly include Garrett Atkins. Theirs was a bond as close as any brother or sister and with a richness of forever.

Ron and Becky made their home in Mangohick, Va., but not one ounce of Lee County ever left him. He loved to return to his rural roots, and I told him once he was always looking for a good garden plot, a big rock to move, and a mule to hitch.

Ron Fields was my dear friend and I am among a legion in that respect. Did you ever know someone who would listen, but really, did not care? Someone who pushed to the front and only thought of themselves? Who would ask you a question, but then tell you the answer? Someone who may have liked you, but loved themselves? I have known those people in scores, but Ron Fields never once approached those descriptors. I never once heard anyone say anything but good things and high praises of Ron Fields. He was a man of high character always.

Walking horses, bird dogs, hunting and field trials made up a huge part of Ron’s life. He had both pointers and setters and won on a regular basis with both.

A bold statement by me, but I always thought of the pointer Evergreen Clark (34 wins) to be his best competitive dog. But Ron was a setter man to the bone and probably would have corrected me in favor of the setter, Evergreen Jones. I know this, those two dogs won so many Virginia Dog of the Year paintings Ron and Becky probably had to display some in their bathrooms.

A bittersweet sidelight is that shortly before his death Ron contacted Ellen Clements for guidance on a new setter prospect. He said he wanted “Just one more.”

Those of us who knew Ron well all find ourselves wanting “just one more” with him. Personally, I want one more judging assignment where we could count on each other to see things as one. The Fields family wants one more gathering to see his smile and hear his quiet, and always loving, words of encouragement. Garrett Atkins would love one more adventure afield or in the field trial trailer.

And Becky, know that you shared your life with a man big enough, and with qualities enough, to be so special to so many. Thank you for sharing, and throughout the years, giving us a series of “just one more” with our friend.

 

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