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November 10, 2012

Doris A. Davis-Fields

NIAGARA FALLS —  

Doris A. Davis-Fields went from labor to reward on November 6, 2012. She was born on September 13, 1918 in Baton Rouge, LA, to the late Joseph and Maud Jackson Davis.
She was educated in Baton Rouge, LA, and attended Louisiana State University. Doris was united in holy matrimony to Willie C. Fields, Sr., on December 18, 1942 and together they dedicated their lives to family and community. In 1946, along with her husband, they built a grocery store (Fields' Food Market) at the corner of 20th Street and Center Avenue and operated the business for 25 years. Together, they also received the first retail liquor license issued to a minority in Niagara County. They operated Fields Liquor Store for more than 14 years. Doris was also employed by the City of Niagara Falls at the John Duke Senior Center for several years. She was a founding member of the Niagara Falls Chapter of LINKS, Incorporated, where she served in various Board capacities. She was the recipient of many awards and honors during her active community service endeavors.
She leaves to cherish her memory four daughters, Deloris M. Fields, (Buffalo, NY), Annie Fields-Chapman, Elizabeth A. (Robert) Bradley and Gloria Y. Fields, (Niagara Falls, NY); a son, Willie C. Fields, Jr. (Columbus, OH); and a "special" son, David Carr, (New Milford, CT). Also survived by nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; along with several nieces and nephews. Doris was preceded in death by husband, Willie C. Fields, Sr.; and brothers, Joseph and Emile Davis of Buffalo, NY, Alfred Davis of Baton Rough, LA; and one sister, Maud Davis of Baton Rouge, LA.
Friends may call on Monday, November 12th from 6-8 PM at the St. John A.M.E. Church, 917 Garden Avenue. Services will be conducted on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 12 Noon. The Rev. Bruce D. Points, Sr. officiating. Arrangements made by the Williamson Funeral Home.
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