There are many families in Humble that have contributed to the community over several generations, but very few families have contributed to Humble as much as the Fields family. The Fields family originally moved to Humble in 1885, headed by patriarch Jeremiah Fields (1833-1915). It was one of Jeremiah’s sons, Charles Fields, Sr. (1882-1947), who purchased Rosewood Memorial Park Cemetery in 1937. It is also Charles’ descendants that we know so well today.

Among the most well known are Jack Milton Fields, Sr. (1924-1990), who was one of seven children born to Charles and Octavia Fields. He was best known as being the owner and operator of Rosewood Memorial Park Cemetery and for being an influential member of the Humble ISD School Board. He served on the school board for nearly 22 years (1967-1989), which includes serving as president four times. He is the only Humble ISD School Board member to have a school named for him (Jack Fields Elementary School). He served the Humble area in many other ways, including as president of the Humble Area Chamber of Commerce and as president of the Humble Rotary. He was also the 1972 recipient of the chamber’s Citizen of the Year Award. By the way, the Octavia Fields Library in Humble is named for his mother in honor of her contributions to the community.

His son, Jess A. Fields, Sr., is also a big contributor to the Humble community. Jess serves as the current (and third-generation) owner of Rosewood. Like his father, he has also served as president of the Humble Chamber of Commerce and as president of the Humble Rotary. Jess served as a volunteer for some big organizations, including the Houston Sports Authority, the Texas Funeral Service Commission, and the Texas Cemetery Association. Jess is unique in that he has equally impressive credentials in the Pasadena area. Like his father, Jess was also honored as the 2018 recipient of the Haden McKay Citizen of the Year Award.

Jack’s other son, Jack M. Fields, Jr., is nationally known. Jack, Jr. served in the U. S. House of Representatives for the Humble area from 1981 through 1997. After 18 years, he left Congress and started two organizations: the 21st Century Group (a government relations firm) and Texana Global, Inc. (an international trade corporation). He has served on the board of directors for Insperity, AIM Mutual Funds and the Discovery Channel Global Education Fund, and as a trustee of Baylor University. And, like his father and his brother, Jack, Jr. was the 2001 recipient of the Haden McKay Citizen of the Year Award.

Another member of the Fields family, Mrs. Ollie Stone, was the 1974 recipient of the Citizen of the Year Award. That makes the Fields family the family with the largest number of recipients of that award.

Lynn Fields, wife of Jack, Jr., has also been a great contributor to the Humble area. Lynn served on the Humble ISD School Board for 14 years, including two times as president. Lynn has also contributed to the area in other ways, including her work with The Door (a shelter for battered women and their children), Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the Bay Area Women’s Center, and much, much more.

The Humble area has definitely benefited from the contributions and service of the family and descendants of Jeremiah Fields.

 

Dr. Robert Meaux is a lifelong educator and local historian. Got questions or comments about Humble’s fascinating history? Email them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Robert James Meaux
Author: Robert James MeauxEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
I am a native Houstonian and grew up in the Aldine area, as well as Humble (where my aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents lived). A graduate of the University of Houston, I spent most of my career as a high school and college marching band director. With additional degrees in educational leadership, computer programming and history, I spend my days working for Humble ISD, writing educational management software, and exploring the history of Humble and Harris County. I currently serve as the president of the Humble Museum board of directors.

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