Mrs. Kathryn Lee Cockman Fields, age 85, of Carthage, NC, gained her angel wings February 19, 2020, at Fox Hollow Senior Living Center under the care of Hospice. Born and raised in Carthage, NC, Kathryn was preceded in death by her parents, Peter Wesley Cockman and Alma Hancock Cockman, her brother Edward Cockman, and her husband James Blue Fields, all of Carthage, NC. Kathryn graduated from Carthage High School with honors with the Class of 1952. She married her high school sweetheart, Jim and they lived in Raleigh where he finished NC State University and son, Samuel was born. Jim became a Vocational Agriculture teacher and they lived and worked for many years in Dover, NC in Craven County. It was there that son, Stuart was born. Upon returning to Moore County to live in the early sixties Jim began teaching Vocational Agriculture at Pinecrest High School while he and Kathryn welcomed their only daughter, Hope to the family fold. They built their home, attended Culdee Presbyterian Church, reared a family and prospered.

In 1968 Kathryn joined the Central Office staff of the Moore County Schools where she served as an Administrative Assistant working directly with the school system central staff as well as the assistant superintendents. Later, she served as the private secretary and assistant of Superintendent Robert E. Lee and the Board of Education for many years. Kathryn attended college courses and specialty-training attaining the Certified Professional Standard through the NC Association of EOP; the accrediting agency. 

Kathryn lived life as few others have. She was kind, loving, generous, out-going and a doer of good for others. She arranged annual family vacations for all the Fields uncles, aunts, cousins and family usually at the beaches of North Carolina for years. After retirement in 1994, she and Jim trekked all about going to grandchildren’s activities, on trips exploring, as well as to bluegrass and country music festivals and shows including most famous musicians in that venue…like Waylon and Willie and the boys. They had great times together. She especially loved collecting angels, local pottery and had an eye to find milk glass on any adventure. Kathryn was a spiritual person who genuinely loved people and helped others her entire life. She encouraged and nurtured her children, their larger family relatives, and her huge number of personal friends and professional colleagues. Her family was the center of her heart. She is survived by her three children and their families. They are her son Samuel Fields of Carthage, NC and his two children: James (Ashley) Fields and Ellen (Kory) Duncan, both of Carthage, NC; her son Stuart (Deborah) Fields of Carthage, NC: their sons: Bryan (Lesley) Fields of Charlotte, NC and Patrick (Ashley) Fields of Cameron, NC; her daughter Hope (Bob) Keistler of Wilmington, NC and their two sons: Will (Morgan) Keistler and Wesley Keistler both of Wilmington, NC and daughter Millie Rose Keistler of Wilmington, NC. Additionally, Grandma Kathryn is survived by four great-grandchildren. They are Campbell and Bryce Fields, Sarah James Fields, and Quincey Duncan.

The Fields’ family will greet friends, family and neighbors on Saturday, February 22nd at Fry and Prickett Funeral Home from 6:00-8:00pm in Carthage, NC and at other times at the family home 5320 NC Hwy 22, Carthage, NC 28327.

Kathryn Fields’ funeral and burial services will be held at Culdee Presbyterian Church on Sunday, February 23rd at 4;00pm. Following the service and burial, her children and family will greet friends in the Culdee Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations in honor and memory of Kathryn be made to Culdee Presbyterian Church, 916 NC Hwy 73, West End, NC 27376. Services entrusted to Fry and Prickett Funeral Home, Carthage, NC. Online condolences can be left at


Visitation: February 22, 2020 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Fry & Prickett Funeral Home
402 Saunders Street
Carthage, NC 28327


Funeral Service: February 23, 2020 4:00 pm

Culdee Presbyterian Church
916 NC Hwy 73
West End, NC 27376


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  1. Jacquelyn M. Armstrong and family. I’m going to miss you and your smile. Rest now, Mrs. Fields in the arms of Jesus.

  2. Kathryn was a sweet lady with a wonderful smile. She always could make you feel comfortable and appreciated. She also was an excellent employee of the Moore County school system. Deepest sympathy to the family.

  3. My dear Sammy, Stuart, Hope and family. I first met Kathryn in the fall of 1979 when I started to work with Moore County Schools. I quickly learned that she was a “born leader” who had excellent people skills. She loved her job and took me, and I am sure, many others under her wing. We became instant friends and our friendship has been strong over the years. Christmas was always a special time for the Fields family, and who could forget Kathryn’s angel Christmas tree. My last visit with Kathryn before Fox Hollow was this past Christmas. What fun we had that day and, of course, I took angels for her tree. She carefully placed them. She adored her husband, her children and was the most caring, loving and generous friend I have ever known. I will miss “The Angel Lady” beyond words. I love you Kathryn and I look forward to seeing you again! My thoughts and prayers are with the Fields family during this very difficult time. Shirley

  4. To the entire Fields family you have my deepest sympathy in the loss of your mother and grandmother. She was the sweetest, kindness person I have ever known. I met Kathryn after Lonnie (my husband) and I started dating in 1974. Jim and Kathryn, Lonnie and I would go out to eat every Friday night, usually to a seafood restaurant. Kathryn and I would call each other that afternoon after we got off work and would decide who was driving. We never decided where we were going, that would take care of itself after we got together. Afterwards, we would either come back to their house or to our house and visit for a while. Most of the time she would get shrimp (“little shrimpies” she called them) and always a baked potato. We always had a wonderful time. We did that until we lost Jim in 2004 but Lonnie & I continued to take Kathryn every Friday night.
    We were such great friends, thru her breast cancer and then thru her hip replacement. One she decided we would make homemade ice cream. Her old freezer top wouldn’t stay on there. She wouldn’t be defeated by it so she got her hammer and a nail and hammered it shut. The ice cream was delicious. I reminded her of this ice cream some time ago and we had a good laugh about it.
    One thing I want Sammy, Stuart, and Hope and in-laws to know is that your mother loved you all very much and you were first in her life. Her grandchildren, their spouses and great-grand children also came under her veil of love. I loved her and will miss her deeply. Enjoy being with Jim in heaven.

  5. To the family of Mrs. Katherine, We are grieved to learn of your loss of such a precious soul. May God cradle you all in His loving arms in your grief and in the days to come. We always appreciated her kindness and smile for everyone. She always had a word of encouragement for me as a teacher and later principal when we met. She will be greatly missed. May God bless you. We love you. Bruce and Kim Williams

  6. To the family of Mrs. Kathryn, We are grieved to learn of your loss of such a precious soul. May God cradle you all in His loving arms in your grief and in the days to come. We always appreciated her kindness and smile for everyone. She always had a word of encouragement for me as a teacher and later principal when we met. She will be greatly missed. May God bless you. We love you. Bruce and Kim Williams

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