Shirley Ann Potts Fields
Funeral Time: Monday, February 7th at 12:30PM
Shirley Ann Potts Fields passed peacefully in her home surrounded by the love of Jesus and her family on January 31, 2022. Born June 22, 1930, Shirley was one of 7 children who grew up to be the matriarch of a large family that included 12 children: Carol (Eddie) Hunkin, William “Bo” (Judy) Fields, Jr., Linda (Henry) Cook, Tommy (Jackie) Fields, Debbie (Jimmy) Eades, Sharon Fields, Teresa (Steve) Coates, Mike (Mary) Fields, Steve Fields, David (April) Fields, Ricky Fields, and Jackie (Garrett) Burton.
She is blessed to be survived by most of them, in addition to her 23 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren, and 7 great, great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind her brother, Buddy, and her sisters, Sue and Beverly, along with a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Gilbert & Virginia “Tippy” Potts; her loving husband of 53 years, William “Billy” Fields; siblings: Billy Potts, Betty Hall, and Geraldine Blevins; and four of her children: Sharon, Linda, Bo, and Steve.
In addition to holding one of the most sacred positions a woman can have…that of wife and mother, Shirley also distinguished herself as the first female bus driver in Anderson County, KY by earning her CDL in the late 1970s, something she was proud of accomplishing. Through the years, she helped support her family through this job, as well as by attending their sporting events, serving in the public school system and working alongside her husband selling a local pastor’s artwork at Turfland Mall.
Her most important work was for the kingdom of the Lord, faithfully attending Thompson Road Baptist Church for decades, and inviting and taking her children and their friends…and the next generations to church to learn about Jesus. She was famous for her hospitality…whipping up delicious made-from-scratch meals, with some of her most requested treats being her homemade candy…especially her fudge…and her lemon meringue pie. Her signature pickle relish, canned tomatoes and green beans, and annual Christmas Chex mix will certainly be missed.
She was a sweet and sassy lady who would tell you exactly what was on her mind…which means those she loved always knew where they stood with her. However, one could not spend time with her without being swept away by her infectious laugh and her honest love. She always had a story or a joke and enjoyed reminiscing and sharing.
In her later years when her health began to fail and she was more homebound, Shirley enjoyed visitors, Hallmark movies and Little House on the Prairie marathons. She was blessed to have such a large family who loved her well and served her so that she was able to live out the rest of her days at home. They are all thankful for her legacy and will miss her until they meet again on the other side of eternity. Until then, she is held in the hands of Jesus.
Visitation will be at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home - Harrodsburg Road on Monday, February 7 from 11:00 am-12:30 pm. Brother Dave Parks will officiate the funeral service at 12:30 pm, with burial to follow at the Lexington Cemetery.