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FIELDEN, Marvel Lawrence, age 96, of Henrico, passed away surrounded by his family on September 28, 2019. Marvel was born December 16, 1922, in New Market, Tennessee, to Henry and Kate Fielden. He was predeceased by his first wife, Rhoda Lockhart Fielden; his son-in-law, Keith Fielden; and his siblings, Gladys Davis, Pauline Ballinger, Clyde Fielden, Eula Fielden and Robert Fielden. He is survived by his wife, Erma Jo Fielden; his daughter, Rebecca Fielden; and his son, Joseph T. Fielden (Suzanne). He is also survived by his beloved grandchildren, Taylor Early (D'Anne), Elizabeth Casto, Katherine Sutton (Brian), Sarah Smith (Brian) and Abigail Marshall (Chris); great-grandchildren, Dane Moore, Celia Marsh-Delk, Grace Early and Harper Marshall; daughter-in-law, Georgie Fielden; stepsons, Billy and Steve Lane and their families; plus a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. Marvel was part of the Greatest Generation, having served as an Army medic in the Pacific during World War II. After the war, he obtained a degree in chemistry from Carson-Newman College (now University) in Jefferson City, Tennessee. He worked in the pharmaceutical field for his entire career, first in Bristol, Tennessee, then in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and finally in Richmond, where he retired from A. H. Robins in 1986. He was a charter member and a deacon at Derbyshire Baptist Church. Marvel was a longtime resident of Lakewood, where he played and taught bridge for many years. He was also an amateur genealogist and, in 1991, published "The Fielden Stream" tracing the history of the Fieldens of East Tennessee. He organized a number of Fielden reunions and kept in touch with a multitude of relatives. Marvel's funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, October 1, at Derbyshire Baptist Church, 8800 Derbyshire Road, with a reception at the Church immediately following the service. Burial will be in New Market, Tennessee.
FIELDEN, Keith, age 85, of Henrico, died peacefully at home on August 7, 2019, following a brief illness. Keith was born July 5, 1934, in Barrowford, Lancashire, England to John and Edna Cowburn Fielden. He is survived by two sons, Nigel (Deborah) and Mark (Liz) Fielden, their mother, Patricia Fielden; and grandchildren, James, Louisa, Luke and Indy, all of whom reside in England. In Virginia, he is survived by his wife, Rebecca Fielden; stepchildren, Taylor Early (D'Anne) and Beth Casto; and stepgrandchildren, Dane, Grace and Celia. He will also be greatly missed by his father-in-law, Marvel Fielden (Erma Jo); brother-in-law, Joe Fielden (Suzanne); nieces, Katie, Sarah and Abby, and their mother, Georgie; plus a variety of cousins and friends. Keith worked many years for Esso Chemical, first as a chemical engineer and later as a sales manager. During his career, he lived in Brussels, Hong Kong and New York, and traveled around the world. After leaving Esso, he returned to England and finished his working years with the National Health Service as a district general manager in London. Keith enjoyed good food and wine, travel (especially to France), stimulating conversation, reading, watching football (i.e. soccer) and golf and studying about World War II, which had such an impact on his childhood years. By the way, if your head is reeling from all those Fieldens in the U.K. and the U.S., here's the story: Keith and Marvel were amateur genealogists who met when Marvel traveled to England in 1990. Keith later visited the U.S. to attend reunions of American Fieldens. After much debate, they ultimately agreed that William Fielden of Todmorden, England, who was noted in a relative's will as being "abroad, beyond seas, if living," was the same William Fielden who turned up in North Carolina in the mid-1700s and that they were therefore ninth cousins. When Keith married Marvel's daughter, Becky in 1996, the English and American Fieldens were reunited. Interment will be in England at a later date. If you knew Keith, please raise a glass, preferably one containing wine, in his memory. If you are so inclined, you could also make a memorial donation to your local PBS station or to any organization that promotes peace and international understanding.
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We welcome you to WWW.FIELDEN.NET. Our hope is to inform visitors about the exciting research available on Fielden geneaology. Much of our enjoyment for decades is derived from efforts to catalog and publish our family history.

Since 1991, Fielden descendants have joined together as a family and...

  • Read The Fielden Stream - A History of the Fieldens of East Tennessee
  • Attended worldwide reunions here in the states in 1992, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2008, 2010 and 2012
  • Traveled to the 1996 and 2006 Homecoming Reunions in Todmorden UK
  • Preserved Fielden ancestral cemetery sites
  • Learned more about our heritage and each other!

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