James Oscar Fairfield, age 85 went to his heavenly home Saturday, June 10, 2017. Many knew him by his childhood nickname of Sonny. James was born February 4, 1932 in Heber Springs, AR to Oscar Pearl and Velma Pearl (Mitchell) Fairfield. He married his wife, Joyce on November 8, 1952 and they enjoyed 64 ½ years of marriage.
Jim and Joyce met and married in Michigan city, IN. James’ occupations included union carpenter, operator of a full service gas station, and owner and operator of Fairfield’s Drive Inn. After retirement, Jim was hired for a 6-month employment for construction at Shirley Schools. This 6-month period turned into 5 ½ years. After his second retirement, boredom directed him to Branson, MO, where he made candy at the Taffy Shop in Silver Dollar City. After many years of working in the taffy shop, he sadly had to retire for the third time due to health reasons. James was adored by his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was known as a kind, giving and hard-working man who spoiled his wife and loved his children and grandchildren.
Left to cherish many wonderful memories are his wife, Joyce (Nance) Fairfield of the home, his children Diana (Michael) Hennessee of Clinton, AR; Jim (Dayna) Fairfield of Fishers, IN; Michael (Terri) Fairfield of Krum, TX; Larry (Gail) Fairfield of Clinton, AR and Toni (Vern) Burbridge of Cullman, AL; 14 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren and numerous other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings William E. (Bill) Fairfield, Ella Lee (Fairfield) Morton, Charles E. (Hank) Fairfield; half-brothers James Fairfield and Oscar Fairfield; and his grandparents Benjamin F. (Mary Elizabeth) Fairfield and Ed & Dicie Mitchell.
Arrangements are under the care of Olmstead Funeral Home in Heber Springs, AR. Memorial services will be held in the chapel on Friday, June 30 at 10:00 am with Pastor Lynn Garmroth officiating. Burial will be at Heber Springs Cemetery following the service. The family asks in lieu of flowers, that memorials be made to Ozark Health Nursing Center foundation fund in his memory to honor those doctors, nurses, staff and residents that loved and cared for James in his final days.