Duncan Fields, age 92, died peacefully at home on March 16, 2022.
He was born in Society Hill, SC on July 26, 1929 and was the youngest of five children of the late Ephraim Duncan Fields’ and Susan Margaret Hays.
Duncan proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps and had the distinct honor of being posted as a guard at the American Embassy in México City in the 1950s. He studied engineering at Clemson University, where he also played the clarinet in the school band.
In his early career, he worked at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas. He then went on to work for Sonoco Paper Products, first in México and then in Colombia, South America, returning to South Carolina with his wife and daughters in the late 1970s.
Duncan was known for his love of taking things apart to see how they worked and for actually being able to put them back together. He was a beautifully skilled, self-taught woodworker who truly enjoyed gifting his pieces, especially his exquisite inlaid crosses. He also had a life-long love affair with photography. More than anything, he was a kind, generous and patient teacher of any of the subjects he so loved. There is no family member or friend who did not enjoy time by his side, learning a little something and sharing his sharp sense of humor in the process.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, María Teresa Soberón, daughters, Olga (Bowles), Lucía (Meeks), Janet (Panebianco) and Carolyn (Owens); grandchildren, D. Alex, Lauren and Austin Meeks, Laura and Daniel Panebianco, and Courtney, Timothy and Christon Owens, their spouses and eight great grandchildren. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and their families.
Duncan was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church where visitation will commence on Saturday, March 19 at 10:00 a.m. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. followed by a reception in the church’s social hall.
Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Anthony Catholic School, 307 Gower Street, Greenville, SC 29611, http://www.stanthonygreenvillesc.org.
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