July 25, 1913
Wm. Fields, aged sixty-nine years died Saturday night at his home in
Castlewood, the result of a stroke of paralysis. Mr. Fields was a well
known man and extremely popular. In his conduct he was open and clear.
He despised a mean act, was conscientious in all he did and in
everything he said. His generosity was proverbial. To help the needy
and oblige a friend was to him an absolute pleasure. If any taint of
selfishness lurked in his heart it was effectually concealed and
eternally hidden from the scrutiny of even his most intimate friends and
No honest man ever had a truer friend, no hypocrite a sterner foe, than
The following is taken from the Tuesday's Bluefield Telegraph:
William Fields of Castlewood, Russell County, and well known in this
city where he frequently visited his daughter, Mrs. E. A. Leonard, died
very suddenly on Saturday night. Mr. Fields was a well known citizen
and had served as a soldier of the Confederacy. He was 69 years of age,
and was highly esteemed by all who knew him. He was an uncle of E. H.
Fields, chief train dispatcher for the Norfolk and Western in this city.
The cause of Mr. Fields death is not definitely known. He had some
guests on Saturday evening and after supper went out on the porch,
apparently in good health, when about 8 o'clock he collapsed, and while
not losing consciousness gradually sank until death came at 10 o'clock.
He is survived by his wife, a son, William Fields, jr., of Castlewood,
and one daughter, Mrs. E. A. Leonard, of Bluefield. He was a member of
the Methodist Church and the funeral was preached at the home by Rev. D.
P. Hurley, presiding elder of the Tazewell district, assisted by Rev.
Samuel Moore, of Bluefield, and Rev. Mr. Mullens, of Castlewood. The
funeral was attended by a large number of people, the deceased being one
of the best known and highly respected citizens of his section.