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Accident kills experienced logger

Funeral services were held Friday for a Cowan man who was killed in a tree cutting accident last week.

Joshua Randy Fields, 26, of Cowan, died Nov. 2 while cutting a tree in Holmes Mill in Harlan County around 1:50 p.m.

Harlan County Coroner Philip Bianchi said Fields was doing some logging in a mountainous area on a 45-degree incline.

“Once he cut (the tree), it didn’t go the direction he planned it to do so,” said Bianchi. “As the tree fell, for some unexplained reason it struck him. I don’t know if it got tangled in another tree or what.”

Fields was an employee of Gibson Logging Enterprises of Whitesburg.

“It looked like he had notched the tree and did what he was supposed to do,” said Bianchi. “He was experienced. That’s a dangerous profession.”

Bianchi ruled blunt force trauma to the head as the cause of death.

The son of Randy Fields of Cowan and Angela Blair of London, he is also survived by his wife, Tanesha Gibson Fields; two sons, Joshua Randy Fields Jr. and Jacob Lee Fields, both of Cowan; a sister, Abigale Blair of London; his grandmothers, Faye Fields of Cowan and Edna Sturgill of Hazard; his stepfather, Curtis Blair of London; his stepmother, Gina Fields of Cowan; two stepsisters, Amber Roberts and Andrea Blair, both of Berea; and a brother-in law, Brandon Gibson.

Funeral services were held at Kings Chapel Church at Whitco and burial followed in the family cemetery at Cowan.

Letcher Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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