Whitesburg native Joe ‘ The Hair Doctor’ Fields died October 14 at his home in Fairdale.
A son of the late Ambrose J. and Rebecca Fields and a stepson of the late Minnie Fields, he was preceded in death by a sister, four brothers and two grandchildren, Alan Fields and Brandy Mitchell.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, a sewing machine repairman and a barber. While working in the YMCA Barber Shop in the 1950s, he became the first barber in Louisville to cut a flattop haircut. Later he opened Joe’s Barber Shop, which was changed to Roffler of Louisville in 1969, and was the first barber in Louisville to see customers by appointments only. He was named Hair Stylist of the Year in 1971.
He was a poet, songwriter and storyteller, and was a member of Grace Community Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Laura Fields; three children, Joe D. Fields and wife Sue, Rebecca Buskill, and Minnie Carlisle and husband Doug; five grandchildren, Tammy Boutiette and husband Todd, Jonathan Fields and wife Sarah, Justin Mitchell and wife Patty, Niki Christiansen and husband Paul, and Cassandra Tucker; and six greatgrandchildren.
Funeral services were held In Fairdale. Burial was in the Mt. Holly Cemetery.