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3701 East 7th Street
Joplin, MO 64801
Phone: (417) 781-1711
Fax: (417)-781-3916
Earnest Fields

Wilbur Fields

Wednesday, September 29th, 1926 - Tuesday, May 7th, 2019
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Earnest Wilbur Fields, beloved father and former professor of Ozark Christian College, passed away May 7, 2019, after a short illness.

Wilbur was born in 1926 in Hugoton, Kansas. His father was a Dust Bowl-era farmer and his mother was a school teacher.

Wilbur dedicated his life to the ministry and following and sharing the teachings of Christ. In 1965, he began teaching at OCC and served there for 36 years. He was deeply respected and beloved for his exuberance, his excellence in teaching and for his abundant graciousness and kindness.

Throughout his life, he loved learning. He had an incredible depth of knowledge, studying history, geography, ancient languages, paleontology, music, astronomy, photography, grammar, archaeology, and was a scholar of the Old and New Testaments. He completed a master's degree in Biblical Literature. He authored Biblical commentaries and served as an archaeologist on numerous Mid-Eastern digs.

He is survived by his children and their spouses, Elaine Fields, Murray Fields, Marlon and Laurie Fields, George and Marcia Weeks, and granddaughter Sharalyn Fields. His wife of 68 years, Margaret Louise Fields, passed away in 2016.

The family wishes to thank OCC staff, former students, friends and family for sharing tributes and memories of Wilbur.

And, the family offers heartfelt thanks to the staff, volunteers and his friends at Spring River Christian Village for their deep compassion and outstanding care.

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Barbara King

Posted at 08:56pm
I am so thankful for Brother Fields as a professor, but also as a friend. He has taught me many things inside and outside the classroom, and for this, I am forever thankful. He was always talking to the Lord wherever he was. I also remember him whistling. He played the piano beautifully. I remember going to North Joplin for Sunday evening worship and for Wednesday evening > a time of prayer and singing - a small group of adults that gathered in a small classroom that prayed and sang the old hymns - I remember that sweet hour of prayer from many years ago. I treasure being taught a deeper time of prayer from Brother Fields. Any time that students had questions or concerns about their studies or other matters, any of us could approach him in his office and he gladly would take time to visit and pray. Brother Fields took time for folks. He had a heart for folks, and a big smile. Barbara King
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Terry Bowland

Posted at 05:12pm
I remember my first year of teaching at OCC in 1993. I would usually arrive to the Library at what I thought was the fairly early time of 6:00 am. However, everyday, when I walked into the building the lights were always on and Brother Fields was often out in the stacks singing or whistling some old Gospel Hymn. I would shout "hello" and Brother Fields would always respond, "Why hello there dear Brother Terry. How are you today. I so appreciate your ministry." Brother Fields was a Hero of the Faith in my eyes, and example of Christ, an encouraging colleague and a trusted friend. The Church Militant here on earth is poorer from his passing. However, the Church Truimphant in glory is all the richer. He will be truly missed.
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Marcia Weeks

Posted at 09:44am
Crossing the Bar by Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1982) Sunset and evening star, And one clear call for me, And may there be no moaning of the bar, When I put out to sea. But such a tide as moving seems asleep, Too full for sound or foam, When that which drew from the boundless deep Turns again home. Twilight and evening bell, And after that the dark! And may there be no sadness of farewell, When I embark; For tho' from out our bourne of time and place The flood may bear me far, I hope to see my Pilot face to face When I have crossed the bar. This is poem that Wilbur liked and shared.
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