Harold Franklin Fields was born 29 November 1936 in Appalachia, Virginia, the eldest son of Morton Fields and Annie Octavia Coomer Fields. Morton was the youngest child of Henry Harrison Fields and Elizabeth Blair, both from Letcher County, Kentucky. Annie was the daughter of George Jackson Coomer from Lee County, Virginia, and Susan Griffin from Spears Ferry, Scott County, Virginia. Harold received his education from public schools located in Gate City, Appalachia, and Norton, Virginia. His college education was obtained from various colleges he attended while serving in the United States Air Force. His major was electronics engineering technology, specializing in microwave and tropospheric scatter communication equipment operations and repair. He retired from the Air Force in 1977 as a Master Sergeant, and obtained employment with General Electric Mobile Radio in Florence, South Carolina where he worked in the final assembly area as an
electronics technician. In 1983, he began Designer Cabinets by Fields, due to reduction in forces at General Electric. In 1987, he went to work as a Letter Carrier with the United States Postal System in Knoxville, Tenneessee until his retirement in 1997. He returned at this time to Florence, SC where he resumed his cabinet and furniture making business. He became very active in the Southern Baptist Faith, where he served as a Sunday School teacher, choir member, and Senior Ministry Coordinator. He also served as President of the East Camp of the Gideons International. Harold married his high school sweetheart, Betty Marie Wheatley, and they together raised two daughters: Diana Lynn Fields Martin, a registered nurse who worked in the heart unit at various hospitals and Patricia Anne Fields Handley, also a registered nurse in the heart units of various hospitals, and eventually became Director of the Coronery Heart Unit at McLeod Regional Medical Facility in Florence, South Carolina. Betty Fields was employeed by the Federal Internal Revenue Service for 26 years, as an Auditor and Revenue Officer. She retired from the Federal Government as a GS-11 in 1998. She too, was very active in the Southern Baptist Faith and the Gideons International.