Posted 8/30/19


Mr. Lonnie James Fields, Jr. 84, of 1842 Broadway Drive, Graham, died Friday, August 23, 2019 at Westwood Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Wilkesboro NC.

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Mr. Lonnie James Fields, Jr. 84, of 1842 Broadway Drive, Graham, died Friday, August 23, 2019 at Westwood Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Wilkesboro NC.

A native of Siler City, Mr. Fields was the husband of Frances K. Fields and the son of the late Lonnie James Fields and the late Ruby Fields. Mr. Fields was a 1953 graduate of Siler City High School. He began his career in highway construction in 1954, specializing in bridges. He built bridges all over North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. He retired from his NCDOT career in 1993, and began his second career as a consultant with various firms. He worked for an additional 17 years.

He was always busy working on cars and growing vegetables. He loved to travel with his family and loved his grandchildren dearly. Gospel music was his favorite!!! Mr. Fields was a charter member of New Covenant Fellowship Church, where he loved to sing in his church choir.

In addition to his wife of 61 years, Frances Fields, survivors include his daughter, Kimberly Fields Parker and her husband, Brian of North Wilkesboro; three grandchildren, Courtney Parker Tevepaugh, Lance Parker, Hayley Parker; and a sister, Betty Phillips.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Fields was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Cordelia Fields, and a son, Jim Fields.

The family received friends Sunday, August 25, 2019 from 2 until 3 p.m. at Rich and Thompson Funeral Service in Graham. A funeral service followed at 3 p.m. in the Rich and Thompson Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. David Neff officiating. Burial was in Graham Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorials be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Alamance-Caswell, 914 Chapel Hill Road, Burlington, NC 27215 or to New Covenant Fellowship Church, 1913 Rogers Road, Graham, NC 27253.

Online condolences may be made at:


Joany Earle Condoret, beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt, and friend, has left this world. By universal consensus of those who knew her, the world is a much poorer place, as there never lived a nicer, sweeter, kinder person. It was hard to find any evidence that she was human, and not an angel – her addiction to junk food (Cheetos and M & M’s) being the only evidence that she might have been human after all.

A delightful creature, she used to joke that she thought she “might” really be a leprechaun. Her merry spirit and natural optimism carried her entire family through many dark times, from being refugees from North Africa, through multiple hardships they faced in the U.S. She was quick to laugh or erupt into a fit of giggles, making any obstacle seem manageable.

Born in Worcester, MA, on May 21, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Vice Admiral Ralph Earle, Jr., of Annapolis, MD, and the late Audrey Saxby of Santa Barbara, CA. She attended Duke University where her facility with languages had her reading Russian novels in the original “just for fun”. Her free spirit disguised a deeply intellectual mind that delved into opera, classical music, history, ethics, art, and many other subjects. She studied Art at La Sorbonne in Paris, where she met her husband Jon Condoret, who was studying architecture. Joany and Jon had a very happy marriage for almost 50 years until Jon’s passing in 2010.

Joany enjoyed the works of William Faulkner, old school country music by Willie Nelson and George Jones, black and white movies, and Duke Basketball. Her love of head-banging rock and roll made her the coolest Mom on the block, with “Rock of Ages” by Def Leppard a favorite.

When living in downtown Chapel Hill, Joany was saddened about the fate of native wildlife being displaced by development. She bought day old bagels to feed racoons that lived in a nearby ditch. In Disney-movie-like moments, the racoons brought their newborn kits to show her, and would put their tiny paws around her ankles when she brought them their daily bagels.

Joany volunteered for years as soup kitchen cook and night monitor at the IFC Women’s Shelter in Chapel Hill. She made many friends among the residents and brought a constant parade of colorful and felonious characters home with her, to the sometimes consternation of her family.

A brilliant artist, Joany’s powerful religious stained glass works are known for their depth of feeling. Some can be seen at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Raleigh, near the sanctuary, designed by her late husband. It gave her some peace to know her work stood alongside her husband’s. There are also some of her beautiful works at Pullen Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC.

Joany’s greatest wish was that people would stop over populating the planet, and that wildlife could have their own habitat set aside for them. Often, when she drove past a new development that denuded the Earth, she would cry.

Joany leaves bereaved her daughter Arielle Schechter, and son-in-law, Arnie Schechter, of Chapel Hill, NC; daughter Brigitte Robindore, of France; grandchildren, Annabelle and Finnegan Robindore; sister and brother-in-law, Audrey and Robert Nevitt of Washington, DC; machateynes Pearl Schechter, of Chapel Hill, NC; niece, Nathalie Condoret, (who was like a daughter to her) of Pittsboro, NC; nephew, Christopher Nevitt and his wife, Lisa Reynolds, of Denver, CO; niece, Dorothy Nevitt, of Tucson, AZ; brother-in-law, Pierre Condoret and his wife, Catherine of St. Marcel, France; niece, Brigitte Condoret and her wife, Stephanie Watkins, of Pittsboro, NC; nephew, Philippe Condoret, and his wife Laurie of Siler City, NC; sister-in-law, Nicole Condoret of Pittsboro, NC; niece, Cecille Condoret of France; nephew and godson, Pierre Condoret, Jr.; nephew, Emanuel Condoret of France; and many more dear relatives, friends, and neighbors.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for any donations to be made to one of Jaony’s favorite charities: The American Anti-Vivisection Society,; or The Triangle Land Conservancy,; or Population Connection,

If There are Any Heavens My Mother Will

By E. E. Cummings

if there are any heavens my mother will (all by herself) have one.

It will not be a pansy heaven nor a fragile heaven of lilies-of-the-valley but it will be a heaven of blackred roses

my father will be (deep like a rose tall like a rose) standing near my

swaying over her (silent) with eyes which are really petals

and see nothing with the face of a poet really which

is a flower and not a face with hands which whisper

This is my beloved my (suddenly in sunlight he will bow, & the whole garden will bow)

The Condoret family is under the care of Walker’s Funeral Home of Chapel Hill.


Robert Sutton was born to the late Elma Mae Sutton Headen and the late B. J. Headen on August 1, 1950 in Siler City. He was a long-time resident of the Siler City area.

Robert leaves to cherish his memory: Terrie Dark (fiance’ of the home); three grandchildren, Kadejah Miles, Kenya Craven, Trent Brewer Jr. (Bistit’); one great-grandson, Kyrie Wallace; Aunt Mary Alice Peoples; one daughter-in-law, Tiawnna Craven; two nieces, Sylvia Walker and Connie (Johnnie) Alford; three nephews, Dexter Sutton, Adrian Sutton, and Otis Sutton, and a very special friend, Darrell Rodgers (Angie).


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