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Henry Lee Fields

ALBANY, GA - Funeral services for the late Henry Lee Fields, 70, who died Sun., Dec. 28, 2014 at his home with family by his side, were held at Jordan Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Leesburg, Fri., Jan.  2, 2015 at 11a.m. with the Rev. Rod Hubbard and the Rev. Joseph Howard, officiating. Burial followed in the Riverside/Oakview Cemetery.

Fields was born in Dougherty County, Georgia July 13, 1944 to the late Eddie Lee and Doretha Johnson Fields. Brothers Jessie D. Morgan, Jack Fields, George Fields and Nathaniel “Jerry” Fields preceded him in death. He attended Dougherty County Public Schools, graduating from Monroe High in 1963. He completed coursework at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center, the University of Georgia and the University of Maryland.

After working at various companies, he began his employment with the Albany Fire Department in January, 1974. He was promoted numerous times and subsequently became Georgia’s first African American Fire Chief. In 1980, he organized the Albany Firefighters League in order to promote harmony within the Albany Fire Department. In subsequent years, he served as the advisor of the organization which is still active today. On Sept., 16, 1991, the City of Albany appointed him as its 10th Fire Chief. Additionally, Governor Zell Miller appointed him as the Director of the Emergency Management Agency for the City of Albany. To promote fire safety, the Fire Safe House and the Kids’ Fire Safety Day were also birthed during Chief Fields’ term. The City and the State faced challenging natural disasters; most notable was the Flood of 1994 which led to President Bill Clinton declaring Albany a national disaster area. Chief Fields set up the Emergency Operation Center and served as the Incident Commander during that event. He retired Jan. 15, 2000.

His spirit will continue to live through his dear wife, Dorothy Flood Fields and devoted daughters, Rosalind D. Fields of Fairbum, GA and Wynne Fields lnya-Agha (Annze) of Fayetteville, GA; four loving grandchildren: Rachel D. Caldwell, JD, Albany, GA, Michael L. Caldwell Jr., JD, New Orleans, LA, Jared lnya-Agha and Joy lnya-Agha of Fayetteville, GA. To cherish his memories, he leaves one sister, Eddie Mary Fields Battle (Harold) and one brother Arthur Lee Fields (Lorene), one uncle, Rev. Arthur Thompson, Sr. (Bertha) all of Albany, GA. Other family members to celebrate his life include sisters-in-law, Rosa F. Malone, Verdell F. Wilson (Inward), Annie Flood, Carolyn F. Greene (Willie), Evelyn Flood of Albany, GA and one brother-in-law, Alonza Flood (Diane) of Cordele, GA.

Meadows Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.