FAIRFIELD, OSCARGraveside services will be at South Park Cemetery Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 10 a.m. for Oscar Fairfield, age 92, of Roswell, who passed away on October 11, 2014. George Elkins will be officiating from Church of Christ.
Oscar was born in Heber Springs, Arkansas on January 25, 1922. He and his brother James were brought up by his Mother, Leona Fairfield. They were share croppers along the banks of the Little White River east of Heber Springs. His Father left when Oscar was 4 years old and his brother was 3 years old. He dropped out of school at the age of 12, 7th grade and went to live with his Uncle Perry on his farm no school.
Early 1942 he volunteered for Navy boot camp in California. Then off to Advanced Training on Treasure Island. He served three years on a sub and received a medical discharge mid1945. Oscar served in the Pacific, New Zealand and the many islands north to Atty, Alaska, and finally to the Atlantic Mediterranean.
He spent some time in Brooklyn, NY where he met and married his wife, Theresa in December, 1944. Oscar worked for York Ref from 19451946, then back to Arkansas where he got the GI bill at Arkansas State College, Jonesboro. Where he graduated with a Bachelors degree in Math and fine arts.He taught Math and Art in New Mexico, Arkansas, Missouri, Arizona and Illinois from 19491979.
Oscar spent his first years of retirement golfing, his favorite pastime, and building an adobe home south of Roswell and the D.A.V. and Legion hall on N. Montana in Roswell. He also transported Veterans back and forth to appointments and hospital at the VA Hospital in Albuquerque.
Oscar leaves behind two daughters, Linda Cole and husband Ben of Dexter, NM, Donna Wilson and husband Mike of Terrell,Tx and two sons, Steven Fairfield and wife Darlene and David Fairfield.
He leaves eight grandchildren and several greatgrandchildren.
We would like to thank those who came by and visited while he was at La Villa he so enjoyed the company. Also thank those students of his so many years ago who came and visited as well.
A big hug and thank you to the special ladies who took care of and loved our Dad on a daily basis. Thank you Karen, Janet and Nicole for your extra love and care. Thanks to all the nurses and volunteers who cared for him during his last months.
Condolences can be made online at www.lagronefuneralchapels.com
Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel.