Merle D. Fielder, age 98, of Boaz, passed away on June 2, 2017 at Shepherd's Cove Hospice of Marshall County.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, June 4, 2017 at McRae Chapel with burial to follow in Hillcrest Cemetery. Bro. Bobby Bright & Bro. Bruce Campbell officiating. Visitation will be Saturday from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Merle was born in Blount County, March 5 1919. She was educated in Blount County and Emma Sansom High School, after moving to Gadsden, Alabama. She was employed by Dwight Mills before her marriage to James Corby Fielder Dec. 24, 1935 at the Alabama City Methodist Church. They moved to Boaz, Al. and began farming. Later, she had an Upholstery Shop, and was in the Poultry Industry for many years. She had six children who grew up as a part of Pleasant Hill #1 Baptist Church. Merle taught Sunday School several years, was a member of the choir, and started taking piano lessons at the age of 72, and stopped to take care of her mother for seven years until her death at age 102. She was the longest member of her church.
She was preceded in death by her husband: James Corby Fielder. Parents: Lawrence G. & Lela S. Phillips. Brothers: Sgt. Milburn C. Phillips USAAF & Grady A. Phillips (Joyce).
Merle is survived by her children: Dolores Fielder Tibbitt (Coy), Glenn Fielder (Charlotte), Dr. Gerald Fielder (Elizabeth), Janice Fielder Centers Crosson (Carter), Carlos Fielder (Martha), Michael Fielder (Jane). Nine Grandchildren, 10 Great Grandchildren & 3 Great-Great Grandchildren. Many Nieces & Nephews. Sisters: Nellie Ruth Crane (Austin) & Ina Owens McMeekin. Special Friend: Shirley Blackmon.
Pallbearers will be: Wesley Fielder, Chad Fielder, Bryan Centers, Ken Fielder, Kenny Clark, Allen Robertson, Turner Little. Honorary Pallbearers will be: Men of Pleasant Hill #1 Baptist Church.