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Melvin Thomas Fields
June 7, 1939 ~ November 11, 2023 (age 84) 84 Years Old
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Melvin Thomas Fields, a beloved son, brother, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather passed away peacefully on November 11, 2023 at the age of 84. Born on June 7, 1939, in Cumberland, KY, to David and Dorothy Anderson Fields, Tom spent a lifetime cultivating deep connections with family, friends, and community. Growing up in Kings Creek, KY, Tom graduated from Whitesburg High School in 1958. His academic journey continued at Eastern Kentucky University, where he earned a Masters degree in both Math & Physics in 1962. Tom was not only a man of intellect but also a devoted father who raised two sons, Greg and Herb, with love, wisdom, and unwavering support. Their success is a testament to the values instilled by their father. His professional journey led him to Charlestown High School, where he served as a high school math teacher and basketball coach from 1962 to 1965. His subsequent career at GE Appliances in Louisville, KY, spanned from 1966 until his well-deserved retirement in 1998. Beyond his professional pursuits, Tom found immense joy in life's simple pleasures. He was a man of faith, cherishing his Lord above all. Bluegrass music, golf, fishing, and a fervent love for athletics, particularly the Kentucky Wildcats, were among his many passions. A talented musician, Tom played any stringed instrument with excellence, filling the lives of those around him with lively melodies of bluegrass tunes. He enjoyed baking yellow cakes with white icing, a craft he lovingly learned from his mom. Tom was a member of Mt. Washington Methodist church for more than 35 years and was baptized at Long Hollow Baptist church in 2021. Tom was preceded in death by his parents David & Dorothy, sister Barbara, brother Harold, and his beloved wife Treva. He is survived by his children – Greg (Cindy), Herb (Shelley), Missy (Ted), and Jeff, along with his grandchildren – Andrew (Shaela), Zach (Amy), Ethan (Kristen), Micaela (Broc), Danae, James, Kara, Grace, Emily (Mason), Ted Allan, Madisyn, Caroline, and great-grandchildren – Andersyn, Reid, Cade, Palmer, Millie, Leighton, Charlotte, Jack and Grace. He is also survived by his brother Jay (Pam), sister Brenda (Willis), and numerous nieces and nephews. Tom will be remembered for his wit, wisdom, and the lasting impact he made on the lives of those who were fortunate enough to know him. Friends are invited to gather at the Mount Washington United Methodist Church for a memorial visitation from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. Friday with a memorial service immediately to follow. A private graveside service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, and in memory of Tom, the family requests donations to be made to Mt. Washington United Methodist Church or Long Hollow Baptist Church (Hendersonville, TN).