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Community raises $29,000 for Lacey’s Spring couple
Just 3 weeks after a fire destroyed their home, Herbert and Bobbie Fields are given funds for rebuilding

By Ronnie Thomas
rthomas@decaturdaily.com · 340-2438

LACEY’S SPRING — Herbert and Bobbie Fields went to church Sunday evening at Little Gethsemane House of Prayer in Somerville with thanksgiving on their lips.

In just three weeks since fire destroyed their home on Fields Circle where they resided 32 years, and after a weekend fundraiser hosted by the Tennessee River Coon Hunters Association, they have more than $29,000 for rebuilding. Fields is the president and a charter member of the 45-year-old association.

Just before the couple left for church, Fields said he his friend Eddie Freeman were drawing the plans.

“I only thought I knew what kind of community I lived in until this happened,” Fields said. “It’s just unbelievable for all of us.”

Saturday night during the all-day fundraiser at the association’s lodge, people kept asking him, “Where are all these people coming from? Do you know them?” Fields replied, “Not all of them. There’s just a lot of good people here.”

Their daughter, Shannon Moses of Somerville, said Saturday’s total, including money collected for all events and donations, reached $18,500.

The total is $29,467, not including any recent contributions to an account in Peoples Bank, she said.

“For both Friday and Saturday, well over 1,000 people showed up. We started Saturday morning at 8:30 and worked until Sunday morning at 1:30.”

Fields said a member of the Brindlee Mountain Coon Hunters Association called and told him about a fundraiser they had, and that they’re bringing the proceeds to him Monday.

“We’ll need more to complete the job, but what an incredible start,” he said. “I’m anticipating that most of the labor will be donated.”

Fields said Bubba Wilson of Bubba’s Excavating LLC in Lacey’s Spring volunteered to bring the dirt and build the pad for the concrete slab Monday. He said J.L. Lewis, owner of Lewis and Son Roofing in Huntsville, came Saturday and said, “When you get ready for the roof, call. There’ll be no charge.”

Fields said, “It’s hard for me to get into my head that this is happening, but it is happening, right in front of my eyes.”

He acknowledged that many came with open hearts because of the many fundraisers he has spearheaded at the lodge for others.

“We didn’t expect anything in return,” he said. “We helped because it’s the right thing to do. But I want everyone to know how grateful I am.”

Several of those he assisted and their families came to work at his fundraiser.

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