Robert Everett Field

Born in Preston County, West Virginia on July 6, 1936

Departed on November 14, 2020 and resided in Hendersonville, TN

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Robert Everett Field age 84 of Hendersonville and formally of Springfield passed away on November 14, 2020 at TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center.

Robert E. "Bob" Field was born July 6, 1936 in Preston County, West Virginia in the little community known as "Cane's Creek" to Robert and Pauline Field.  He spent his first 18 years in and around the town of Kingwood, WV and graduated from Kingwood High School in 1954.  In the Fall of 1954, Bro. Field enrolled in Trevecca Nazarene College.  He spent the next five years at Trevecca studying for the Nazarene ministry, while also working as a shoe salesman. In April of 1958, he met Zella Shadowens from Dayton, Ohio, also a student at Trevecca, and they married on December 20, 1958. This union would welcome two delightful daughters.

Following his graduation from Trevecca in June of 1959, he took his first pastoral assignment at the Church of the Nazarene in Frank, West Virginia and was there two years. From there, Bro. Field would serve in Quick, WV, Crewe, VA, and Winchester, VA. Eventually, he would be called to pastor at the Garden City Church in Roanoke, VA. Under his leadership the congregation would build an education building, a new sanctuary, and a family life center.

After 27 years at Roanoke, he was called to assume the pastorate of the Church of the Nazarene in Litchfield, Minnesota on the first Sunday in January, 1993. Over the years Bro. Field held many leadership roles in Virginia including: NYI treasurer, Camp Board, District Secretary, District Advisory Board member, and Ministerial Credentials Board.  While in Minnesota he served as District Sunday School chairman.

In August of 1998 he retired from the active ministry and moved to Springfield, TN.  After four years of retirement he was asked to fill the pulpit at Springfield Church of the Nazarene.  Being appointed as "interim pastor" in July of 2003, he would serve until he "retired" again in March of 2014.  He and his wife enjoyed being fully retired and traveling back to Roanoke, Virginia and the beautiful scenes along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Brother Field was an avid hunter all of his life and was delighted when he could sit and talk to his friends about his trips and other similar interests. Every spring Brother Field and Zella would make a trip to Corbin’s Creek to purchase flowers and even though they would plan for a few, Brother Field would come home with double the amount. He enjoyed gardening and nourishing them everyday just as he did his congregations’ over the years.

Brother Field is preceded in death by his parents, Robert W. and Pauline C. Field.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Zella Field; daughters, Kathy Field Carver and Annette Field (Paul) Miller; granddaughter Saida Bolduc; brother, Terry Lee (Billie Sue) Field and nephew, Mike Field.

A Life Celebration will be held on Thursday, November 19th at 11am with Brother Jack Oden officiating. Entombment will follow at the Chapel of Memories at Springfield Memorial Gardens with friends and family serving as pallbearers. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 4-7pm, then again on Thursday from 10am until the time of service. Online condolences can be made at

These arrangements were entrusted to Springfield Memorial Gardens, Funeral Home and Cremation Center: 4005 Memorial Blvd Springfield, TN 37172: 615-384-5437

7 Comments to Robert Everett Field

  1. Gene and Peggy King says:

    Prayers and sympathy extended to the family. Bob has completed his earthly journey and is reaping the joys of heaven. We are all on that journey but some get there before the rest of us. We have fond memories of serving with Bob and Zella as pastors on The Virginia District Church of the Nazarene. He was always a kind gentle soul with a Shepherd’s heart as a pastor. He will be missed. Think on your wonderful memories.

  2. Alica Mars says:

    What a wonderful life to celebrate! I enjoyed reading this, and learning about all your Dad was involved with as he and your mother gave so much to ministry. Praying these next few days with your family will be a blessed time together as you remember your sweet Dad.

  3. Trelbie & Mike Whitehead says:

    Pastor Field and your family will always hold a very special place in my heart. I have so many wonderful memories of him as my pastor. We are praying for each of you!

  4. David Masencup says:

    What a great person and friend he was to me . We enjjoyed the outdoors together so many times and had some great conversations. I’m gonna miss him a lot , Love , prayers and sympathy to the family . God bless y’all .

  5. Wayne Kelley says:

    “Preacher”, as I always called him, was the greatest pastor and friend anyone could have. He was the most influential of anyone in my Christian experience as I served with him as treasurer, board trustee, and song leader. Even after he moved away, I’ could call him if I had a question on scripture or prayer request. I told him he had a direct line to the throne. Zella, Kathy, and Annette, you completed the greatest family ever in the parsonage of our church, and are in my prayers and thoughts. His passing leaves a void forever. God bless his memory!

  6. CharlotteHarless says:

    Rev.Field, our Pastor at Garden City Church of the Nazarene was the greatest. He always had a smile on his face,and sermons that knocked it out of the park. As a teen, I played the piano for singing,and was always looking to him for encouragement. He never fell short. He and his wife Zella,and Annete,& Cathy were an extra added addition! We loved all,dearly. I felt like he should have just stayed with us. Such a great man of God!!!

  7. Bob and Patty Shadowens says:

    Dear Zella and Family

    We are very sorry for your loss. But for sure it is Heaven’s gain and gives us great determination to make Heaven our home too. We hope that you take great comfort in Jesus.
    Keep the faith.

    Bob and Patty

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