Who is David Fields?
David Fields Sr. was born on January 15, 1932. He accepted Christ into his life at an early age and was baptized by Bishop E.L. Williams at the White Star Missionary Baptist Church in Belzoni, MS. David’s mother passed away when he was only 12 years old. He dropped out of school in the sixth grade to provide for his younger siblings. David was a man of hard work. He was raised by his father and extended family until his father’s untimely passing when David was 21 years old.
Soon after, he met and later married Ivory D. Grove, of Belzoni, MS, on April 8, 1953. There were nine children born to this union, Annie, David Jr. (deceased), Bobbie, Reginald, David Jr., Debbie, Brinda, Manuel (CEO of DIM, Inc.), and Winfred.
Despite the fact that David only had a sixth grade education, he became one of the first black policemen in the segregated town of Belzoni, MS in the early 1960’s. David was a great provider for his family. He worked at B.F. Goodwrench Tire Company, Cotton Gin, and Humphrey’s County Maintenance Department. Through his faith in God, he taught all of his children that they could be whatever they wanted to be in life and to be proud of their family name.
David Fields Jr. departed this life on August 20, 1980 at the age of 48 years old.
Who is Ivory D. Fields?
Ivory D. Fields was born on October 27, 1936. Ivory is a woman of strong faith in God. She taught her children strong christian and educational values. While raising eight children, Ivory went back to school to get her GED and, in 1978, went on to Delta Jr. College where she majored in Early Childhood Development. While going to school, she worked as a seamstress and beautician on the weekends and as a cook at the Friends of Children Daycare, all while continuing to support her children as a single parent after the untimely passing of her husband in 1980.
After graduating from Delta Jr. College, Ivory was promoted to the position of School Teacher at the Friends of Children School System where she worked for 25 years. She later served as Director of All My Children Daycare Center for seven years and as Director of Mary Taylor Daycare for five years.
At the age of 71, Ivory D. Fields is still serving her community in Belzoni, MS. In 2001, she started a non-profit organization called “Hand-N-Hand” which provides monthly assistance for over 50 families with food and clothing. In 2004, she began a “Back to School Supplies” drive for indigent children. In that same year, she began a Jail Ministry which assists incarcerated parents by providing Christmas gifts for their children. Ivory currently works with the Senior Compassion Committee and also serves as the President of the Mothers Board at her church, Church of God in Christ, where her son David Fields Jr. presides as the Senior Pastor.