Craig Alan Fields was born December 20, 1962, in Bogota, Colombia, South America to Lee Roy and Mary Gail Weatherford Fields Lawson while Sgt. Fields was assigned to the U.S. Military Group to Colombia. He passed away Wednesday, September 15, 2021, at UAMS in Little Rock Arkansas following a short illness. He was 58 years old.
Craig grew up in Summersville, Cabool and Mountain Grove, Missouri and graduated from Mountain Grove High School in 1981. He traveled all over the United States, and lived many different places, including Europe, primarily in Heidelberg, Germany, and settling mostly in Virginia, Washington, DC, and Russellville, Arkansas.
He very recently was notified he had a son, Cameron Ingraham, (Julie), stepson Gavin and granddaughter Elora, of Maine; his illness unfortunately prevented him from ever having a chance to meet them.
Other survivors include his father, Lee Roy Fields and his wife Carol of Pleasant Grove, Northern Pope County, Arkansas; his mother, Gail Weatherford Fields Lawson of Mountain Grove, Missouri; his sisters Sheri Fields Stofer (Jeff) of Mountain Grove, and Amanda Lawson Thompson (Clay) of Mansfield, Missouri; his brothers Brian Fields of Gray, Georgia; Jeff Henley (Markuetta) of Monticello, Arkansas; nephews Justin Stofer (Melaina) of Mountain Grove, Jason Stofer (Kayla) of Norwood, Missouri, Gavin Dunn of Mansfield; niece Alex Henley (Eric) of Dumas, Arkansas; his godfather Eddie Medor of Lady Lake, Florida, formerly of Russellville; several step brothers, step sisters, nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles, many cousins, great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Clifton and Dora Fields, of Russellville, Arkansas; maternal grandparents Frank and Wynona Weatherford of Reyno, Arkansas, and stepfather Huey Lawson of Mountain Grove.
Craig was a unique and interesting individual. He lived his life to the fullest, and unapologetically on his own terms. If you were fortunate to call him friend, you were fortunate indeed. He was deeply philosophical, and conversations with him were always memorable.
He never served in the military, but he was pro-military and volunteered with the marines at the Quantico Marine Base in Virginia, helping in any way possible. He worked for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office prior to becoming the Director of Internet Operations and Congressional Liaison for Gunowners of America, working diligently to advocate for our Second Amendment rights.
He was an avid outdoorsman; fishing, hunting and canoeing, especially fishing for Smallmouth bass in Virginia, Arkansas and the Great Lakes area. He was an avid writer and reader, majoring in English Literature. He wrote many short stories and articles for wildlife publications, helping others to enjoy the outdoors as he did. As an ethical and responsible hunter in the Sportsman Stage, he spent many hours helping young hunters and fishermen become true sportsmen.
He was a great cook and was known for his culinary skills in cooking wild game, especially at the yearly Schneider cookout in January on the Southern bank of the Occoquan River in Virginia as a member of the DIA Rod and Gun Club, as well as the yearly deer hunts at Fort A. P. Hill, Virginia.
Craig was a Christian and attended The Journey Church in Russellville at the time of his passing. He spoke freely of the security of his salvation; he knew with certainty where he was going for eternity. Although he will be deeply missed by his family and friends, it is with the knowledge that he is now safe in his Heavenly home.
Craig was a very special person. It is difficult to put into words the uniquely wonderful individual he was, for he was truly one of a kind.
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